We don’t need to explain ourselves

To everyone that is living with a long term or chronic illness, I have a serious question for you: Why do we feel the need to explain ourselves to others under the guise of “I don’t care what you think” or “this is who I am.” I think it’s important for us to be able to understand our differences, however I don’t think we need … Continue reading We don’t need to explain ourselves

It’s not over…it will never be over.

I know, it’s a depressing thought. But so many people have asked me, “you’re better now?” However, it’s not really a question, more of a statement. Like they are telling me I’m better now. Doctors are really good at this. Trying to tell me that I’m feeling better and everything is okay. Because that’s easier for other people. Because I had the cancerous organ removed, therefore … Continue reading It’s not over…it will never be over.

At least you didn’t lose your hair.

    Yes. At least I didn’t lose all my hair, only significant clumps every time I comb it. A side effect of thyroid issues and cancer. At least my cancer is invisible to you. At least you don’t have to see the devastating effects of having a type of cancer that doesn’t respond to chemotherapy. I don’t expect everyone to understand the ins and outs … Continue reading At least you didn’t lose your hair.

Is Empathy Extinct?

Sometimes I feel like empathy; real, true understanding of another human being, is becoming extinct. Not only is the understanding gone, the attempt to understand another person is a dying art as well. Because of my hormone imbalances and nutritional deficiencies due to cancer and the results of having it removed, I take a lot of supplements and vitamins. This idea of empathy becoming extinct got … Continue reading Is Empathy Extinct?

Should you be honest with your children?

The post today is thanks to the Daily Prompt: Childhood My thoughts about the prompt of “childhood” do not immediately go to my own, instead I instantly thought of my kids and their current situation in childhood. Every parent questions if they’re doing stuff “right,” if their kids will be well-adjusted, happy, and will contribute to the world. We all are just doing the best that … Continue reading Should you be honest with your children?

The stress connection

At the moment I’m in the middle of radioactive iodine treatment. I started the process a couple weeks ago and did the larger “kill dose” a few days ago. I’ve had a lot of time lately to think about how stress is connected to cancer and really any illness. Everyone is always saying that stress worsens symptoms and can cause someone to be more sick. But how does that … Continue reading The stress connection