Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : April 22nd 2015 Contents we have made since diagnosis
aren t enough, we now must
decide what to do with the rest
of our lives. Often, life before
cancer seems meaningless com-
pared to the vast experiences and
enlightenment we gain afterward.
We have looked straight into
the eyes of death, and have come
out on the other side. We have
been beaten down, knocked
around---and yet we have sur-
vived. Though we have lost
much, we have also gained
strength we never knew existed.
We are different. We must
acknowledge that even though
cancer has affected every area of
our lives, we have come out on
top. Living every day is a choice.
And choosing joy is vital to a
healthy and happy existence.
body & soul
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, April 22, 2015
The National Agricultural Marketing & Development Corporation (NAMDEVCO) is
seeking to recruit a dynamic professionals to join our Team. Applications are invited
from suitable qualified individuals to fill the following position on contract:
The Food Technologist conducts research and development on the creation of new agri-products and
may include bench trials and pilot projects to check the feasibility of the product. The Food Technician
also facilitates the exploration of commercial opportunities as part of a Corporation team.
Key duties and Responsibilities
• Identify opportunities and conduct research and development in the creation of new value
added to local agricultural products
• Conduct bench trials on the products identified and if successful, undertake commercial scale
• Identify and undertake developmental work on products with potential for
• Conduct research and bench trials in appropriate post harvest technologies for the local,
export and value added markets
• Conduct research and development work on the promotion of fresh cut industry
• Develop, promote and facilitate programmes and projects in capacity building in food safety
practices and good agricultural practices among key stakeholders
• Assist in developing and conducting training programmes for selected stakeholders on key
technical issues relating to the production of convenient and healthy primary and value added foods
Qualification and Experience
• Degree in Food Technology, Commodity Utilization or related field of study
• Five (5) years in product development
• Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other
techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods
• Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the
chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals
and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods
• The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes
finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Applications together with copies of certificates and birth certificate; contact information
should be submitted by
Friday 24th April, 2015 and be addressed to:
The Manager, Human Resources Department
The National Agricultural Marketing and Development Corporation (NAMDEVCO)
Southern Wholesale Market
3 1/4 mm, S.S. Erin Road, Debe
UNSUITABLE/LATE/INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACKNOWLEDGED0414012
Treatment is over. The poisonous
toxins are no longer coursing
through my every cell. My body is
recovering and my energy is being
refueled. My hair is growing. I m
seeing hints of familiarity in the mir-
ror---what I was before this wretched
disease took over.
I m beginning to feel like myself
again. My scans are clear and there
is no evidence of disease.
A burden has been lifted. But
another one has taken its place.
Survivors in the rubble
Those outside the gates of Can-
cerland believe that life goes back to
normal once treatment ends. It s as
if we get to press some universal play
button and then proceed on our
merry little way.
Life is never the same after cancer.
The disease does not pause our lives,
it redefines them.
Cancer is like a tornado ripping
through a town in middle America.
It tears through lives and leaves
destruction in its wake. Like trees
violently uprooted and thrown aside,
so too are dreams and goals. Life
doesn t go back to normal after the
dust settles. The survivors are left to
survey the rubble and pick up what
Discussing the realities of life after
cancer can cause pain, grief, and dis-
comfort. Some struggle to move for-
ward because they are stuck living
in fear. The "what- ifs" can be
paralysing. It s easy to be consumed
by thoughts of your own mortality
even after you are deemed "cancer-
This disease doesn t just affect your
body, it also affects your mind. The
battle against debilitating fear and
anxiety is real. And can be more dif-
ficult to bear than treatment itself.
The slightest presence of pain can
deliver thoughts of a recurrence. "I
have a headache... Has the cancer
spread to my brain?" "My stomach
hurts; I wonder if a new tumor is
growing there." This mindset is
ingrained. Throughout treatment you
are constantly asked if you notice any
new pain or experience symptoms.
Therefore, like Pavlov s dogs, you
are intuitively trained. Even the small-
est change is cause for alarm.
Being cancer-free is bittersweet.
On one hand, finishing the treatments
that have been wreaking havoc on
your body is emancipating. But, on
the other, the thought of no longer
actively fighting the disease is terri-
fying. Many people have a love-hate
relationship with these life-saving
After saying goodbye to our chemo
cocktails, radiation, or other therapies,
we are left to pray and hope that can-
cer will no longer choose our bodies
for its residency.
How do we live after cancer?
How do we live after cancer? Do
we try and fill the shoes we wore
prior to our diagnoses? Do we begin
a new journey? Many use their expe-
riences with cancer to help others
going through the same battle. Others
say that cancer makes them better
people and redirects their focus. For
those who leave Cancerland, life is
much more fragile.
Cancer gives you a new lease on
life. As if the multitude of decisions
Toxic people are like vampires. They
drain your energy and joy. When
you re with them, you feel stressed.
And when you leave them, you re
Toxic relationships are not worth it,
whether they are romantic, professional,
or involve family or friends. But it can
be really really hard to end them if you
don t know how. After all, we fall into
habits in our relationships. People
become part of our comfort zone.
But do you want to be more com-
mitted to your comfort zone? Or do
you want to be more committed to joy,
happiness, and freedom?
Transformation coach Chris Lee has
a series of steps you can take to cut
these toxic relationships out of your
life, that will empower you and make
you feel free.
The ten steps:
Step 1 Identify if you're in a toxic
Step 2 Keep a record of the ways
the other person has let you down or
pulled you away from your vision.
Step 3 Identify the rewards of
being in this toxic relationship.
Step 4 Give up the excuses.
Step 5 Get clear on your vision for
your relationship. (Fill in the blank: My
vision for my relationship with
Step 6 Have a conversation: Be firm
and clear that the relationship is over.
Step 7 Grieve and mourn the loss of
Step 8 Fill the emptiness with
positive people and activities.
Step 9 Write down the lessons
Step 10 Practice self-love.
We all deserve to have the happiest
and fullest life possible. If someone is
standing in the way of that, if
someone is holding you back, then
you have to remove him or her from
your life. Replace this person with
someone or something that lifts you
up and makes you feel great.
Ten steps to ending
a toxic relationship
Life is never the same after cancer, and when it's over, it's not really
I'm cancer free...so why
do I still feel anxious?
YOUR DAILY HEALTH
News and advice
• Written by Stephanie Madsen, 28, a four-time cancer survivor. She is
a writer and motivational speaker based in Denver, Colorado. She is the
author and founder of Derailing My Diagnosis, a personal blog documenting
the ups, downs, and in-betweens of her battle with large cell neuroendocrine
cancer of the cervix. She has appeared on the Ellen Degeneres Show,
on local television, radio, and in several print publications.
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