has been the most recent one. I have to say, thanks to so many
uplifting testimonies of selfless individuals, I've been able to face this "chin
up". I've gone from paralyzing fear and doubt, to a hopeful, grab the bull
by the horns, CAN DO attitude. The story that has most steered me in this direction is that of Louise Hay, namely because I truly identified with her in her book, You Can Heal Your Life. I read it while I was recovering after all of my radiation treatment and last chemo cycle. I've felt so much of what she has felt in life, and though I don't know her personally, she shares enough of herself that her story has imparted in me a feeling of comfort and hope, as if she's a personal friend. This site is aimed at tempering the shock of the diagnosis and experience of cancer by sharing stories of courage. If you are not familiar with Louise Hay, I hope you enjoy and are inspired by her testimony.
If you are afraid, as I have been so many times, I am sending you the warmest of embraces. Remember, this is a trying journey, but you can get through it. I hope what I share helps you along the way, but also find things within yourself that you feel will help you along the way. I focused on these stories but I also:
Did not ask for a prognosis, trusted my expert team of doctors to make the best decision for my case (I believe God has the last say anyway)
Gave thanks every day, even for the tough treatment, because we live in a time of very advanced medicine
Set a goal of running (or at least walking) my first 5K. I'm aiming for October 2013
Laughter being the best medicine, I watched funny movies when possible during treatment, my favorite being The Money Pit
I let my family do the research whenever any symptoms came up and dealt with them as I went
I made sure to see my "wellness therapist" throughout the whole process
I started yoga, acupuncture, and participating in a support group once physically able to, post-treatment
Stay the course, trust that God is on your side!