No two days are the same. Some days I need to laugh. On others I need to curl up on my couch alone. Here’re the things that keep my reality in check.
- I’d started the USN challenge before I was diagnosed which was a big goal in my life. I took out a subscription to Women’s Health magazine and poured over the pages each week in the chemo suite. It left me feeling very positive about what I will achieve when this is done.
- I received many healing reiki sessions from Angel S. The cumulative effects are hugely beneficial and it works on all levels – not just physical. The best part – all you have to do is lie there and the therapist does the work!
- I keep a kiddies colouring book and crayons with my pile of reading books. It’s an easy way to get creativity flowing.
- I read angel cards when I feel I need direction. I meditate and pray – not often but when I really am lost or need something, I ask. When I’m grateful for something that happened in my day, I give thanks and ask for more insight like this.
- I take slow walks as often as I have the energy for it. It gets my muscles moving and my lungs filled with fresher air. I’m careful with my heart rate. Any kind of stress – even from healthy exercise – can be bad.
- I have a stationary bike at home lent to me by a colleague for when I’m feeling strong but don’t feel like going outside for a walk.
- I have a cd playing in my car as I drive and I sing to it – windows closed! Singing is another creative outlet. I’m not good at it but I love it.
- I continue going to Spanish lessons. Sometimes, I can’t grasp things because chemo-brain takes hold but on some level I think it sinks in because I’ll suddenly have a great lesson and it’s worth hanging in there. It’s constructive and will help me when I get to Spain (a bucket list item).
- I have plenty of recorded movies and series to watch when I feel like being a sponge.
- I have time to tackle mini DIY projects at home in small chunks which I find very satisfying to see completed.
My life isn’t on hold. This is just a phase. I’m (sometimes) grateful for the go-slow period and I’m not going to waste it.