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Healing Journey 7: Facing Mortality with My Dad

Outside of Surrey Memorial Hospital on a personal medical break, I share candid updates about the condition of my Dad battling various cancers. As i struggle with the inevitable, i contrast with my now seemingly minor illnesses and ponder “What comes next?” for me and for my Dad.

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Healing Journey 6: Message to Future Self from Jamaica

In a final message to myself from Jamaica after dealing with some reality of computers, reservations, banks and so on, I remind myself to stay rootsy, take time to eat the right foods, to dream, to take it easy, and remain calm, easy going and kind. Plus i show off my fresh Jamaican haircut and offer thanks to my friends in Little Bay for healing help. Continue reading Healing Journey 6: Message to Future Self from Jamaica

Healing Journey 5: Ital Foods and Teas from Rasta Camp

In a message to future self, I check after 3-1/2 weeks, i check in from Chubby’s Rasta Camp with a spliff about the healing purpose of the trip, including: the Ital food Chubby prepared for me to help heal from my collection of syndrome and crashing a motor scooter just before arriving in Little Bay all banged up.

I wasn’t sleeping and was pretty miserable and then tried to rally but ended up getting blue and grumpy from overextending myself.  With Chubby’s help i’ve drank teas with merenge, guinea hen, nuni, sasparilla, plus drinking young coconuts, and eating barracuda, beans and rice, banana porridge, and fish “tea” soup while also reducing prescription medications.

Other healing treatments include head massage and magnetic rollout and other healing attributes include lack of obligations which allow for daydreaming, swimming, diving in blue hole and meditations. Plus enjoying Rasta visitors, making “postcards from little bay” videos and painting signs.

Overall, i’m rallying and heading home to live life close to the ground, positive, roots and happy.

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while I’m out and about…

while I’m out and about (& oversharing), my next stop is a delightful visit to Services Canada to negotiate forgiveness & foster empathy

tough day of hard hard blues…

Having a brutal tough day of hard hard blues – rallied out of bed to wander aimlessly – not trying to be downer but… Just deep in healing

Must not forget to say a thousand…

Must not forget to say a thousand and more thank you’s for all that post cards, envelopes, letters, vinyl, drawings, and other sentiments and sweet thoughts which awaited me upon my return from Jamaica.

Really needed the affection & inspiration as I received some extremely saddening and frustrating news upon my return.

Really need to catch a break here but with exceptional friends like you, I’ll keep on putting on my big boy pants and trying to rise to each challenge the world throws at me.

Healing Journey 4: Feeling a Wee Bit Blue in Little Bay

While in Little Bay Jamaica, I (daveo) deal with the blues despite being in an beautiful location, drinking fresh coconuts, merenge tea, and trying to heal and stay positive in light of this illness while sitting in front of a splendid backdrop of the Caribbean Sea and encouraging myself to stay positive despite the challenges.

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I nary posted a word…

For several months after becoming ill, I nary posted a word,… but I’m a natural sharer and storyteller and now feel more inclined to publish my “notes to self” videos and other ephemeral objects which document my internal struggle, growth, healing, etc.

My question to you is: How much is too much documentation?

I don’t seek sympathy, miracle cures, get-togethers etc., just sharing for my own benefit & posterity. Maybe you’ll send me a postcard.

Thoughts about me & my artifact publishing? Too much sickDave? Or are you on the Davetrain?

Healing Journey 3: Annotations from a Jamaican Hammock

From a hammock steps from the Caribbean Sea, fresh water spring and the Legend Villa, I (daveo) discuss: observing construction of a traditional style cabin called Nesta while recovering from a Vespa accident which occurred just before the trip.
Plus: exploring Jamaican roots and bush culture and healing teas (including strongback, nuni, merenge and others); going to soccer/football matches to see friend O’Shane play and observing Jamaican supporter culture (they are consistently critical and all think they could do better); and, previewing a staff appreciation party to give thanks to the Little Bay crew.

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Healing Journey 2: Has Anyone Seen Dave?

After being ill with a variety of syndromes for about 5 months, I (Dave) finally check in with my pals to explain whats going on with me. In the heartfelt dispatch — shot at my West End Vancouver healing pod in front of my beloved bookcase — I express gratitude for all the cards and letters plus show the gratitude scrapbook journal which holds the treasures.

Then i a show an infographic illustration of my various ailments (Central Sensitivity Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome etc.), and send out a request for postcards and vinyl albums.

Finally, I share my feelings about missing “the revolution” and activities with my pals and explain that, rather than a Bus Driver, i’ll be a passenger for a while. Continue reading Healing Journey 2: Has Anyone Seen Dave?