The Lanai Cat Sanctuary: The Hawaiian Lions

P1040540smallFinding My 'Mana' Amongst the Hawaiian Lions

Written by Casey Hersch, MSW, LCSW
January 24, 2020
Published on The Animal Rescue Site-Greater Good

This post was republished with permission from The Animal Rescue Site. You can find the original post here

The Lanai Cat Sanctuary Saves Cats, Protects Birds, And Offers A Magical Experience To Visitors

As I watched the island of Maui fade into the distance, I looked ahead at the beautiful ocean water, tropical breeze blowing in my face, and the gentle rocking of the ferry sending me into a dreamlike state. As the waves crashed around me, I shook my head and realized I wasn’t in a dream. I was about to experience one of my most memorable adventures.

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Finding Your Sparkle While Living with Chronic Illness

Written by Casey Hersch, MSW, LCSW

I had a great time with Laura Reagan, LCSW-C as a guest on her podcast Therapy Chat. We discuss everything from living with chronic illness, attachment and trauma, living through your authentic self, body and self sensing, resiliency, ballroom dance, and the importance of creativity and exploration. Her podcast has become part of my routine. Her willingness to integrate topics into the social work field and mental health profession for both consumers and professionals inspires me. She talks about issues that I wish were discussed a decade ago when I was first finding my way through the field of social work. Her topics and guests are progressive and thought provoking. I believe discussing the connections between trauma and chronic illness, such as in this podcast, will gradually make these connections a part of every interaction with mental health and medicine. 

 

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The Lanai Cat Sanctuary: Combining Nature and Nurture

P1040554smallWritten by Casey Hersch, MSW, LCSW
January 8, 2020
Published on www.consciouscat.com

During an incredible trip to Maui, I took a ferry to the Lanai Cat Sanctuary. In an exclusive interview with the Executive Director, Keoni Vaughn, I learned what makes this sanctuary magical and how the Hawaiian Lions transform people's lives, ways we execute humane animal rescue, and how to foster a greater sense of community for all living things. This sanctuary is a must see for not only cat lovers but for those who want to feel inspired by nature, beauty, and the spiritual richess of the island. 

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Yochabel's Wisdom: Living with Loss

YochabelIVCJournalLYSWritten by Casey Hersch, MSW, LCSW
November 6, 2019
Published on www.consciouscat.com

I am thrilled to have this opportunity to share my precious Yochabel's story as a guest author for www.consciouscat.net, with Ingrid King. This is the eighth and final post from a series of blogs over the past few months. In this series I discuss what it is like to live with a chronically ill cat, the stress, the joys, and the heartache of loss. I also talk about how Yochabel has helped me live with my own chronic illness and ways she helped me cope and gain resiliency. My philosophies about integrative healing apply to Yochabel's treatment as does the use of my healing wheel.

Excerpts taken from The Conscious Cat. For link to full article, see below.

We are stronger than we think

"Sometimes we don’t realize how much strength we have until we are thrust into one of life’s challenges. If someone had asked me a year ago what I would do if Yochabel had a terminal condition, I never would have believed I had the inner resiliency to endure it..."

See full article below to read about how I am living with loss since Yochabel passed away this year.

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Living with Crohn’s Disease: The Link Between Stress & Chronic Illness

TFL CrohnsWritten by Casey Hersch, MSW, LCSW
November 1, 2019
Published at Taste for Life Magazine

This story originally appeared on Taste for Life

As my college professor closed the door to the classroom, I felt my heart pound. The timed exam was about to begin, and I couldn’t leave the room until I finished. This may not seem like a problem, but it was very stressful for me.

Living with Chronic Illness & Autoimmune Disease

Despite my exceptional academic record, I suffered from severe abdominal pain; just sitting on the hard classroom chair felt like needles stabbing my insides. Distracted by the pain while trying to recall my study materials, I breathed a sigh of relief when I finished my exam. Cradling my stomach, I carefully walked to the front of the room trying to not provoke another spasm attack. I didn’t want my peers to notice I was hurting. Embarrassed, I left the room and headed to the student health center where I could lie down between classes.

“You’re too young to be going through this,” the nurse said. She was referring to my being 20. But I wasn’t too young; older adults are not alone in suffering from chronic illness. In a report published by the Children’s Health Defense Team, over half of millennials surveyed reported having been diagnosed with at least one chronic illness.

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Yochabel's Wisdom: The Last Day

LastdayLYS1Written by Casey Hersch, MSW, LCSW
October 2, 2019
Published on www.consciouscat.com

I am thrilled to have this opportunity to share my precious Yochabel's story as a guest author for www.consciouscat.net, with Ingrid King. This is the seventh of a series of blogs over the past few months. In this series I discuss what it is like to live with a chronically ill cat, the stress, the joys, and the heartache of loss. I also talk about how Yochabel has helped me live with my own chronic illness and ways she helped me cope and gain resiliency. My philosophies about integrative healing apply to Yochabel's treatment as does the use of my healing wheel.

Excerpts taken from consciouscat.com. For link to full article see below

Loving and Letting Go

Read the full article to see how Yochabel and I spent our last day together and how I came to terms with euthanasia and saying goodbye. We all have miracles and our cats bring us these everyday, especially when they are transitioning over the Rainbow Bridge. 

"Several months had passed since Yochabel was diagnosed with a bladder tumor. We had courageously and lovingly faced this tumor together, pleading with it to give us more time and limit its destruction. But Yochabel’s time with me in this physical existence was coming to an end."

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Yochabel's Wisdom: Emotional Turmoil

bepresentLYSWritten by Casey Hersch, MSW, LCSW
September 18, 2019
Published on www.consciouscat.com

I am thrilled to have this opportunity to share my precious Yochabel's story as a guest author for consciouscat.com with Ingrid King. This is the sixth of a series of blog posts over the past few months. In this series I discuss what it is like to live with a chronically ill cat, the stress, the joys, and the heartache of loss. I also talk about how Yochabel has helped me live with my own chronic illness and ways she helped me cope and gain resiliency. My philosophies about integrative healing apply to Yochabel's treatment as does the use of my healing wheel.

Excerpts taken from consciouscat.com. For link to full article see below 

Coping with the Unknown

"...I never imagined Yochabel’s life would end as a result of a bladder tumor that crowded her out of her own body. Life is full of unknowns—the parts I cannot control— despite my best efforts to make things go my way. Yochabel’s condition was one of these unknowns..."

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