Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014
The Final Contract
Bucket List Fest about celebrating life, day-long forum Sept 27
Released by Asam Farooq, CDFP
eize the day, enjoy it while it lasts, carpe diem! These are all things we’ve heard before and most likely believe. But how many people really live by those words, making each moment count?
Making it matter is what the Chilliwack Hospice Society’s Bucket List Festival, offered in partnership with the Chilliwack Division of Family Practice, is all about.
This public forum, scheduled for Saturday, September 27, is for learning
how to make the most out of life, pursuing the items on your bucket list
even when dealing with mobility issues or a life limiting illness.
Ken’s story is one of hope, courage and determination.
Elaborating on his philosophy on travelling while unwell, Ken notes, “Travel has always been a part of my life; it’s not something that began with or around my diagnosis, it’s been knit into my lifestyle since much before that. Whether it’s for work or for pleasure, travel is how I recharge my spiritual and emotional batteries, even during health challenges.”
He eloquently sums up his experiences of travelling post diagnosis saying “Your brain can no longer make contracts that your body can’t keep any more.”
Ken has undergone over 30 treatments over the past 2 years, for stage 4 colon cancer. Ken notes that his days of extended travel are behind him, “The treatments take their toll and our travel habits have changed to accommodate that. We allow for rest while travelling and plan for double the time we used to, to accomplish the same things.”
In light of the strenuous treatment schedule, Ken elaborates that “Travel is our escape from everyday life; it’s our diversion from the stress and anxiety of treatments and its how we get some much-needed respite.” Friends, family and loved ones are well aware of Ken’s passion for travelling and have been supportive, encouraging him to stay active.
He explains, “They suspected all along that I was not
likely to make changes to my life that would severely restrict my
travel. Invitations from friends far and wide are always coming through
and many a times a friend’s welcoming home has been the perfect resting
Reflecting on his experiences in the past 2 years, he adds, “It all comes down to realizing that time for everyone is limited. So it’s all the more important to make the best of it and spend it as efficiently and as joyously you can. Don`t let less than ideal circumstances slow you down or keep you from living your life on your terms.”
Tickets on sale now at www.chilliwackculturalcentre.ca or call 604-391-SHOW. For more information about the event, or to request an interview with Ken Williams, contact Colleen Rush, Education Coordinator at the Chilliwack Hospice Society, at 604.795.4660 ext 224 or via email here.
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