How do I learn to take care of myself so that I can manage my life in this ever-changing world?
These are the questions Tina tackles in her inspiring debut, The Courage To Be True. And Tina has had experience in keeping it together in life as she has made it to the other side of both addictions and cancer. In addition, ICU Nurse Tina brings a layered lens and specific insights, as the journey she has travelled has been as both the patient and the health care provider.
Mental health is something we cannot ignore anymore, and the way to achieve that is through self-care. And the cool thing about self-care is we have control over it. I know sometimes life can be overwhelming and we might feel like we don't have control over very much but the one thing we always have control over is our "Self-Care".
We have come to understand that the foundation for living well is set by our self. Mental health and well being are earned by making good choices based in self-love, investing in our selves, and to know we are worth it. And then of course there is a little bit of discipline. But there is a way! Lets build strength and resilience together, and take that first small step.
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About the Author
As a child, Tina swore she would never become an alcoholic like her mother, but as she grew older, she fell prey to the vicious grip of this dreadful disease. After numerous brushes with death, she made a commitment to sobriety, and she created a LiveWell Recipe that helped her regain her mental health, and her physical vitality. Just a few years into her new lease on life, however, she was struck by a deadly form of cancer, which her LiveWell Recipe again helped her to vanquish. Tina's experiences with these two vicious diseases left her determined to put her energy towards helping others find their own way to a life of wellness, and her book The Courage to be True, provides a true and compelling story along with powerful tips on how to do just that.
Tina is of Tuscarora heritage, a member of the Six Nations of the Grand River, an author, a sought after keynote speaker, an ICU Nurse, a Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Advanced Practice Nurse, a volunteer at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and the creator of Tina's Recovery Yoga ("TRY"), a therapy for anyone who is in search of greater physical and mental wellbeing.
Tina writes and speaks about how understanding and embracing self-care in a meaningful way will lead you to an improved level of well-being and enhanced quality of life.
Table of Contents
TABLE OF CONTENTS
1 Setting the Stage for an Alcoholic Adulthood
2 How Not to Parent
3 Sex and Self-Esteem
4 Teen Years. Scenes from A Bad Movie
5 The Pretend Years. "No, I'm Not an Alcoholic!"
6 My Final Drinking Years. A Game of Russian Roulette
7 Living Sober-Rehab
8 Hospitals -WTF?!
9 Fear and Uncertainty at Mount Sinai Hospital
10 Hospital #3-Princess Margaret
11 It's All About the Hair. More Complications
12 More Chemo
13 Debilitating Fatigue and Heightened Senses
14 Continued Transformation
15 What It's Like Now: I am Happy, Lucky, and Grateful
16 The Live-Well Recipe
17 No Stone Unturned
18 Mental Sanity-Are you in Check?
A Note to the Reader