This epidemic we call breast cancer is all over the place. I wrote about that the last time. It’s unnerving.
So, what to do?
First, don’t read everything you see posted, especially not the horror stories. Second, continue to live your life … thriving … in whichever stage you are in. Third, be grateful for how well you are doing and for the people in your life. Four, don’t engage in dangerous behavior.
So, let’s break these down:
1. There are so many posts. I get google alerts about cancer everyday. That’s how I stay current. I read what looks informative (e.g. some new discovery) or I read what seems to be positive .. none of the stuff that would scare me. That’s my choice.
2. Thrive. The dictionary defines thriving as: growing, making progress, having vigor, flourishing. These are all upbeat words. Even in the midst of treatment, we can thrive with our attitudes.
3. Each day, whether during or after cancer, it’s important to count your blessings. Who in your life is there to support you emotionally and loves you? How are you feeling — sometimes that’s a minute by minute question .. but find the good.
4. Avoid dangerous behaviors … e.g. don’t smoke, don’t drink too much,cover during sunlight, watch what you eat (everything in moderation). I personally have sugar craving. I have to deal with this one daily … trying to be cognizant of the research about sugar and cancer. When it gets to be too much, I take a break from sugar.
In other words, each moment, and each day, make the decisions that take you beyond surviving to thriving.
Catch you next time.