Today is a day of celebration for the LGBTQIA+ community! Today is Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV). TDOV is celebrated on March 31st every year and was created by Rachel Crandall in 2010. This day is about not only bringing visibility to trans individuals, but also a day for people to show their support for the trans community! It’s main goal is to bring attention to many of the accomplishments of trans people, while also fighting transphobia and cissexism by spreading knowledge about the trans community. This is a day of empowerment and recognition for trans people around the globe!
I really enjoyed watching this video. He stated the 3 main impacts of cancer was emotional, physical, and financial.
For a lot of transgender individuals, transitioning can be life or death for them. Living in a body that is not your own or does not correctly reflect who you are can take a tremendous toll on someone’s mental health. This short article provides a short outline of issues that arise for transgender individuals.
I wanted to see how you all feel about therapy. It is know that therapy works for many people with eating disorders, and knowing that someone is there to listen helps a lot, but some feel that therapy just does not work, and there are other methods to use. What do you guys think? Do you believe therapy works, or do you think maybe there’s other ways to deal with this disease?
Here’s a video I found of someone who is FtM (female-to-male) who documented his transition of his first year on hormones, which is testosterone in his case. What I especially like about this video is not only does it provide some education on the physical changes that come with transitioning, he also talks about the mental changes. It’s evident in the pictures that he shows and the videos that he is much happier now than he was precious to him transitioning. There is some nudity in this video around minutes 3:20 and 4:09, so if you are uncomfortable with that you don’t have to watch or can skip over those parts!
The University of Hong Kong published a study in which 22 cancer patients between the ages of 39 to 69 were recruited from Hong Kong, China. These participants were suffering from many different forms of cancer that included breast cancer, colon cancer, leukemia, lymphoma, and nasopharyngeal carcinoma. The patients were placed into an environment where they could exercise through dance, were tested using a stress scale, self-esteem scale, and evaluated at completion of all tasks. Results showed that after participating in dance movement therapy, there was a significant reduction in their stress levels stemming from the cancer diagnosis, a positive change in overall self-esteem, and happier and healthier individuals. The interaction between mind and body was important since cancer traumatizes the body from the diagnostic stage all the way to the treatment phase (Ho, 2005). The program was relatively short, which allowed them a “trial” run to show how effective dancing can be on their overall well-being (Ho, 2005).
Ho, R. (2005). Effects of dance movement therapy on Chinese cancer patients: A pilot study in Hong Kong. Arts in psychotherapy, 32, 337-345.
Here is a really awesome video, that lightly touches on the science behind art therapy. The researchers did a quick experiment to see the role of art on happiness. Do you feel happy after doing something artistic?