Oct 25, 2011 - 8:37 am
With all of the after effects and struggles with a cancer diagnosis fatigue is so often one of the most invasive after effects that interfere with our lives, well for many of us I mean. Right from the beginning after diagnosis our world becomes overwhelmed with a whole new world of terminology and our routines start to get lost in the new world of medical intervention we find ourselves in. The things we loved to do for fun, creative stuff many times, becomes lost in the struggle for survival - the survival of our whole selves or the day to day struggle of dealing with a treatment here or a mood change there.
For some long term survivors who never seem to be able to shake this fatigue or the raveges of treatments this frustration can lead the way to depression and despair and at that point it is wise to seek help as many do. Dealing with this cycle of great lengths of time spent on survival and being unable to tap into our suppressed creativity is very difficult indeed. Survial is always first for our bodies and minds, creativity has to take a backseat.
There is so much healing, I think, in creativity though - in taping into our gifts whatever that may be but it isn't easy when you are just trying to get up the energy to simply attend the next medical appt or get through that next invasive procedure.
The point of this post is simply to validate that frustrating survival first scenario many of us know so well and visit in our everyday lives often. Trying to accomplish your creative talents for even one hour now and again when we feel 'not too badly' I really believe goes a long way in reconnecting ourselves with our true core.
Just a Tuesday morning feeling I wanted to share.
Have a great day.