September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and some of the young patients are seeing their happy place in a whole new way.

 

For years, doctors and therapists have been encouraging cancer patienets of all ages to imagine serene and happy settings in their mind. This technique, called Guided Imagery, helps eliminate some of the stress of illness, to a calm and focused state of mind. Research has found, when patients actively envision their "happy place," the brain releases endorphins that aid in the management of pain. 

Now, with the help of a project at The Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, patients can experience guided imagery on another level. Oh The Places You'll Go, features childhood cancer patients as the star of a short animated video! These larger-than-life guided imagery pictures and videos give these kids the opportunity to see their happy place come to life on a screen whenever they wish.

Take a moment to watch the video (at the top) and see four kids living with cancer have their imaginations come to life. Their courage and fight will inspire you and they way they see their happy place will warm your heart.