Jul 06, 2011 - 1:31 pm
It is hard living with a cancer diagnosis yet we all do it and all seem to manage to cope.
What sort of things do people find have helped them "pick themselves up and carry on?"
For me it is writing. I started writing in a journal a year before my diagnosis. I lost my mum to cancer and a very special relationship ended. I suffered a breakdown mostly because of my relationship break up. My relationship often consisted of emails and I used to love writing to my "friend" and because I enjoyed writing so much I decided to document everything that had happened to me in an attempt to help me come to terms with it all.
Once I started it became almost like an addiction and I used to look forward to some quiet "me" time where I could continue with my recording of events. It became a massive diary and up to date now consists of about 89 pages of typed script.
I type it and save it on my computer. I also have it backed up onto a pen drive. I have found it pure therapy as in the writing down of my feelings, my fear, my emotional pain, my sense of loss and my thoughts about having cancer helped me so much to deal with it all. Sometimes I go back and read some of my old entries, but the fact that I have everything recorded on paper gives me comfort to know that what has happened to me was real and I have managed to work through my feeelings and emotions and am learning to live with my new life.
What other things have you found that has helped you?
Love Tina xx