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Cancer and Your Memories

Cancer and Your Lifestyle

Today as I was driving to pick up my grandchildren from school, I couldn't help but notice the blue sky above.  It was filled with puffy white clouds and the sun was warm and bright.  Suddenly, I realized that at this precise moment in time, I didn't have a care in the world.  It was shut out by the beauty that surrounded me.  Immediately, my thoughts went to how much I have to be thankful for.  The more I thought, the longer the list became.

I'm alive and I feel good.  I am healthy and well.  I have a great husband.  I have 2 wonderful daughters and son-in-laws. I have 2 granddaughters and 2 grandsons.  I have caring friends.  I have hair, etc.  You see, in 2001, I was told that I had Non-Hodgkins lymphoma cancer, Stage 3 and had only 6-9 mos. to live, if I did not take the traditional chemo treatment.  And here I am, it is 2011.  Life is good.

Looking back I can see the hand of God so clearly in my life.  Back then, I wondered if the above day would ever be a part of my life.  There is quite a story as to how I arrived at this day; which is why, after saying I would, actually beginning and then setting it aside, I have decided to devote the next year to completing my story in book form.

But for now, I will just say that your lifestyle is very important and plays a vital part in your recovery.  By that I mean, first and foremost, your attitude.  Being thankful, forgiving others and loving yourself are all major players in your road to recovery.  In addition to the type of treatment you choose, you can choose how you will live your life through this journey.

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Michael Kors

Good post however , I was wanting to know if you could write a litte more on this subject? I'd be very grateful if you could elaborate a little bit further. Appreciate it!

JoAnne

I am not sure what you are looking for. But cancer changed me in many ways. I am an A-type personality; and was always striving to be the best at everything that I did. I was also the type of person who would never say no, if I was asked to do something. I was a people pleaser on the outside; but often a very frustrated and angry person on the inside. I feel I was fertile breeding grounds for a disaster, which happened in the form of cancer. This is of course my opinion. I chose not to take chemo at first, actually 5 years. I chose to clean up my diet and did some real soul searching as to what was really important in my life. I also chose to take care of me first and not everyone else; not in a selfish way; but a healthy way. I chose to not worry about what everyone else thought. I cut back work, and took time to relax. I learned how to eat healthy and how to detox. I sought God for his guidance and believe that he sustained me for those 5 years in which I had aggressive lymphoma and took no traditional therapy (chemo &/or radiation). In the end, unavoidable stress caused me to begin to go down hill very quickly. I felt God tell me to take the chemo at this point, which I did. Truly, I am a blessed person.

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