Breast cancer survivor Lisa advocates for creating a vision board to stay focused on goals

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Lisa Fairley with her vision board

Early last year, she created a vision board as a tool to help her focus on the positive things in life.

She said, “Prior to the diagnosis, I worked in the manufacturing and engineering industries. Planning for the year ahead always meant looking at the numbers and how the goals could be achieved. I really liked the idea of ​​creating an array of images. It’s a great visual way to keep your mind on what you’d like to achieve. It really helped me to clarify my thoughts, to remember what was good in life and what I could expect.

She added, “After I finished my treatment in 2019, I was a bit adrift and struggled to concentrate. I created my vision board in a Cancer Focus NI workshop (long before confinement) and found it really stimulating a while after.

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Lisa’s vision board includes a range of images including people doing yoga, crafts, healthy food, and people having fun in the water.

“I love water and find it very regenerating. When I was diagnosed I wanted to run away from my cancer and water was a way of escape. Unfortunately I couldn’t swim as much as I would like in 2020 but the photos really made me cheerful. I also have a photo of golf clubs and have managed to get out on the golf course several times during the summer.


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