Jan 26, 2010 - 11:08 am
Thank you to all who have joined us here. I want to seize this opportunity to share my thoughts on allowing ourselves to slip back into the old "norm" post treatment. When I was first dx'd I immediately assessed how unhealthy my lifestyle was. Overweight, lack of exercise, too much stress, not enough rest, etc. I am sure many can relate. Just living life right? I realized that I needed to work on all of those areas and throughout treatment did my best to make better choices and concentrate more on my WHOLE health, not always easy due to the treatment side effects but I tried. When I finished my treatment in Oct. 08, 'scopes and scans gave me the ALL CLEAR. Such wonderful news and I was so very grateful. I remained conscious of the gift I had been given and concentrated on maintaining a mindset of taking care of my WHOLE self. Like many I realized I had been given another chance and reprioritized things, it was my wake-up call! That lasted for a few months and as I slipped back into my pre-cancer routine so did my habits. I started making poorer food choices, less exercise, absorbing the toxicity of stressful situations in my life and not putting myself first. All things that compromise your immune system, not a good thing when cancer has decided to become a part of your life. As as I face the uncertainty of my future once again with the dx of a liver metastases, I regret not maintaining my more pro-active resolve to take care of myself. Could I have prevented this if I had not allowed my old ways to return, I will never know. I am striving to be as healthy as possible, physically and mentally, to maintain the strength to go into battle again.
The reason I am posting this is to encourage all of you that have walked this path to stay on track, do everything you can to keep the cancer from ever being able to claim you as a victim again. I am not suggesting that you live in fear of recurrence, it is a rarity with this cancer, just do your best to respect your body while living your fullest life!
Blessing to all,