I was invited to host a wellness retreat for breast cancer patients at the Taal Vista Lodge, Tagaytay last November 20. It was enlightening to hear the patients relay their journey as it broadened my understanding of breast cancer and how they endure it physically, emotionally and spiritually.
The retreat began with a talk from a medical oncologist who discussed the nature of HER2-positive breast cancer and health solutions available. Instructors from the Peace Blossoms Internal Arts Society then talked about the benefits of Tai Chi followed by an actual session. Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese martial art which involves fluid yet precise movements which enhances one’s focus and energy.
The participants made use of their hands in the afternoon activities like flower arrangement and proper massage techniques which were taught by lecturers from TESDA, and accessory-making facilitated by Ms. Gladys Mallillin of Lifestyle Network.