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
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.
You know when you lay down on the grass in the summer and look up at the trees? How you see the tree branches and leaves, and the light beyond? I see that as a metaphor for life. That the trees, leaves and branches are our struggles, battles, and hardships. But the light is always there, even when we can barely see it. It may … Continue reading Light through branches
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.
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?
I recently went to Sleeping Bear Dunes in northern Michigan with my husband and kids. While most of the trip was anything but picturesque, the hike up the dunes was a pure delight, but not in the way I expected. Most of the trip was spent swatting mosquitos, trying to dry out stuff that got wet from the rain, and keeping two young boys from annoying … Continue reading 2 feet in front
I went gluten free (or GF for short) last year in July, and it helped with my symptoms of autoimmune disorder, most likely Hashimoto’s, although I still haven’t gotten a definitive diagnosis on that. More on that at a later date. Going GF cleared up my stomach issues, “brain fog” and really helped the fatigue I was experiencing. But when I started going through surgery … Continue reading Gluten free, take 2
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?
I’m coming up on my first follow-up appointment post radiation ablation. I’ve been waiting 6 weeks for this appointment so I haven’t thought too much about it until the last few days. Trying not to worry and whatnot. I’m not sure what the doctor will tell me, probably not much of anything. They usually don’t. For some reason I thought having cancer would get me … Continue reading Follow-up Fears
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