Advice to self of yesteryears!
I was diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer in April 2012. If the person I am now could speak to who I was then, what would I say?
It is an interesting question to contemplate. What advice could I give to me, to help make coping easier? What wisdom could I share that would guide and comfort me through the tougher days?
When I think about this more I tend to really appreciate this site. So many people shared Their wisdom with me. And they where me in the sense that they had already survived what I was going through.
I especially remember and appreciate Craig. He was a true rock star in this forum. His posts were captivating and genuine. His heart was revealed through the words he wrote. And his wisdom was inspirin, comforting, and freely shared.
A couple things he told me that really sunk in for me. I will share those with you all and add a couple of my own thoughts as well.
1) you can beat this! He told me that it is possible to beat colon cancer. Yes, even Stage IV.
2) it is a marathon. Not a sprint. So pace yourself. And ENDURE. You have to PUSH FORWARD. Even when sometimes you simply want to curl up and stop.
3) Find a doctor you trust and then TRUST THEM to do their job. Listen to your feelings when deciding if you can trust your doctor.
4) don’t stop living. Keep living. Loving. Engage people and Love!
5) NEVER GIVE UP. Even when things are bleak. You never know what the next day will bring.
6) Ask lots of questions. And keep notes. You will need to learn a lot. Especially about managing symptoms and side effects. Meds: what and when to take. What to eat and what not to eat. Managing through diarhea. Surgery recovery.
7) Surgery recovery. LISTEN to your doctors. Seriously. Walk when they tell you to. Eat what they say. Don’t overdo it.
8) it’s okay to be pissed and angry. And it’s okay to be sad. And it’s okay to be HAPPY too!
What would you say to yourself, knowing what you know now?
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