Hello out there, how are you doing? Are you a little like me not wanting to know the answer? It feels so much easier not to ponder the feelings of grief, fear and anger that seem to go around a lot. But I think it is essential not to ignore them. That is why I ask you and myself anyway.
So how are you? I am more anxious now that I have a date for the beginning of chemotherapy next Monday. The oncologist nurse suggested not to look too closely into side effects before treatment started, but I feel I need to prepare myself somehow.
From what I gather, feeling and being sick is one of the most experienced side effects. The doctor will prescribe tablets against it, but I will also work with mindful breathing and herbal teas. Supposedly ginger helps too. I will find out.
A friend in Germany has cancer too and goes through chemo at the moment. Hers are tablets though that can be taken at home, so she does not need to shield. I asked her if she has any advice for me. She was frank with me, which I appreciate, but she told me about some side effects I hadn’t heard yet: Losing teeth and incontinence. REALLY?! Well, really… Sigh!
She suggested to be gentle with my loved ones and myself; not to allow the illness to take over my life and to believe in full healing. That just increased my guess that my mental state is my most important weapon for the next steps of my journey. That is why I prepare next weeks posts and practice mindful breathing even more than usual. The more relaxed I am, the better I get through it, I assume.
Linda over at “Life in Progress” has started the “What day is it anyway” blog event. She invites us all to share a little of our new daily routines, struggles and successes. She writes: “
Why I’m writing this post:
Because if you’re like me and stuck at home already, or if you’re going to be like me soon, the days of the week are going to be hell to keep track of. We have a wonderful community here on WordPress and all over the Internet as well, and I’m sure many people are feeling nervous and/or isolated. I want to make sure every one of us has somewhere to congregate and someone to talk to.
I want everyone to know that you can start discussions with each other in the comments, and if you’d like to write your own “What Day is it Anyway?” post, you can link to this one. Hashtag #WDIIA.
Let’s keep in touch!
Thanks Linda, your rock!
I can only encourage you to take her up on the offer 🙂 . Here is a list of her #WDIIA posts.
But now to something different:
It’s Good News Tuesday so I can’t keep some good news from you:
What makes you happy? We probably all have different answers to this question, and it has been a topic for philosophical ponderings for centuries. However, in recent years science has found some baselines hat help, and the University of Berkeley offers its ” The Science of Happiness” course for free for the time being. What better way of using forced isolation to figure our happiness out?
Find the story here on the Good News Network.
I haven’t written a poem in two months. Sunday night when I couldn’t sleep I realised it. And I wanted to write one again. So I started this post and pondered: What could I verse about… but there is only emptiness in my poetic mind. I appologize and send you over to the Academy of American Poets which has a wonderful newsletter called “A Poem a Day”.
It’s what its called: They send you a poem a day and often challenge your ideas of what a poem should look like. You can discover creative upcoming poets as well as classics. It is a beautiful present in these dark times when many of us might get deeply speechless.
Please head over to poets.org and find out more about this poem and sign up for their newsletter.
And that is it for today.
Just one more thing before you go: The hospital that is treating me is fundraising for a dedicated breast cancer unit which would allow same-day diagnosis and better premises for patients and staff.
Please, if you can spare a little money hop over to their Just Giving Page and give as little or much as you can. Or share the page on your social media. Your support means a lot to me! Thank you very much.
Thanks my dears, for staying with me until the end. I appreciate your presence. Please stay safe, stay kind and remember that you rock!