Tomorrow I celebrate my first anniversary of my last Chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer. I planted flowers to celebrate as I was unable to plant last year. As I pondered this cancerversary in the garden, I realized these Lessons of Chemotherapy remain with me each day.
If you are in the midst of Chemotherapy or active cancer treatment, take time to learn your lessons through the pain and suffering. They will be valuable gifts to you in the future. And if you have never been a cancer patient, I hope my lessons can be helpful to you.
1) You only have so much energy in a day. Use it wisely. Plan things that take a lot of energy during your peak energy times of the day and week.
2) Learn to listen to your body and respect what it needs – exercise, healthy foods, and nourishment from other sources. Say no to things that do not nurture you or bring you life. Just ask this simple question: “Does this help me or harm me?” Never hesitate to say no to things that harm you.
3) If anything is not serving you well, people, places or things, begin removing it from your life. It is a process, but make the first step. The first steps are difficult, the remaining steps are easier.
4) Make time for what is important to you and make sure you know what is!
5) Appreciate all of life each and every day and give thanks. And when those rough times come, I always say to myself,
“It’s better than Chemo!”
6) Make plans for the future and dream big. Picture yourself living life in these dreams!
7) Listen to the still, small voice of God. He has a purpose for this second chance at life.
8) If you do not have 100% confidence in your doctor, medical facility, or medical staff, find another. We often spend more time shopping for a new piece of clothing than finding the right fit in a medical professional. Your life is in their hands. Make sure you trust them with it!
9) Pray for those who supported you during treatment and return their love and friendship. Their faithfulness helped you survive and continue to thrive! Be grateful and show your appreciation.
10) Begin to forgive those who abandoned you or never went out of their way for you during cancer treatment. Learn how to be friendly yet keep your boundaries in place when and if your paths must cross. They have proven themselves not to be friends. Let them go in peace and remember with love the valuable lessons they taught you.
And check out my cute chemo caps at my store www.hellocourage.com and other items. Another lesson of Chemotherapy. Have cute caps! Or click on the cap!