An Act of Service Begins with Gratitude
We all have something or someone that we are grateful for and with the holidays around the corner, what better time to show our love and appreciation for those around us? My story is a little different though. If I had to pick one person whom I was most grateful for, I would without hesitation say that it is my mom. This woman has truly been my rock and my biggest cheerleader but the year of 2019 was one of the greatest downfalls in my life. During this year, I could have lost her to breast cancer. I would have sacrificed anything to take her pain away from all the medications, surgeries, chemotherapies, and radiation but none of this was in my control. For doing what I couldn’t, I would like to take the time to thank the Emory Winship Cancer Institute. My mother’s doctors and the medical staff at Emory worked tirelessly to monitor her health and her journey to defeating cancer.
Here, at 3d Psychotherapy, we devoted our time this holiday season to making candy grams for the cancer patients at the Emory Winship Clifton location. We wanted to remind them that they are not alone in this battle. Cancer doesn’t just destroy one’s physical health but it is also a consuming mental challenge as one can feel depressed, lonely, frightened, confused and anxious among so many other emotions. This, I have seen firsthand. However, these emotions are normal because it takes time for one to work through and accept all of these changes that may be occurring. These feelings should not have to be battled alone. It is okay to seek help from experts such as a therapist or counselor. One can even become a part of a support group where they are openly able to share their feelings with others. During this time, I also learned that it is most important to be patient with someone that may be battling cancer. Small simple gestures such as spending some quality time with your loved one, sending a card, or even bringing them their favorite foods can make all the difference in the world.
In our service project, each holiday candy cane was attached to a beautiful quote in hopes of making the patient smile. We wanted to remind them of their strengths. We also wanted to remind each patient that their fight today will hopefully result in their victory tomorrow. This notion also builds the foundation of our therapy practice and how we bring about healing for those whom we serve. The mission of 3d Psychotherapy is beginning serenity to a chaotic world like ours. This holiday season, let us work together to prioritize our mental health, check-in with each other from time to time, and to always be kind to those around us. As David Satcher once said, “there is no health without mental health.”
About the author:
Shifa Sohani graduated from Georgia State University with a Bachelors of Biology in 2021. She currently works as the Client Care Coordinator at 3d Psychotherapy located in Decatur, GA. Some of her roles include administrative processes, tracking client participation and capacity, as well as marketing and networking for the company. She enjoys writing as a hobby and loves working with clients during their mental health journeys.
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