Mar 242015
 

Thrive at the Seashore

Thrive, isn’t that we all want to do? I am more than a survivor-I am a thriver.   I found this website and it looks like a great resource:  http://www.cancerfightersthrive.com/ Love that title!  They also publish a free quarterly magazine that you can receive via snail mail or email by signing up on their website.  Check it out!  They have inspiration and information in generous servings.  I am still checking all the section of the website, looking for helpful hints.  I have a feeling it will take a while to absorb everything.  By the way, that is not an affiliate link.  I am very impressed and I have signed up for a quarterly ezine.  Please pass it on to anyone who may find it helpful.So, yes, I am writing this at work, but I am working.  I am trying to call up a letter on Word and it is taking forever.  We are having some computer issues here this morning.  I hope soon the blasted servers will start to survive and thrive.  I want to get stuff done!To the left is a picture of the seashore.  I’ve included this because it reminds me that I always feel better when I get out in nature and take the tiem to appreciate the beauty of the world we live in.   It’s a great way to get away from the problems that nag at me at home, ditch the to do list and meditate on the joy of life.  It helps me thrive!So, you can get the good advice on the thrive website :-). Or you can take a look a my less wise actions.  Here is what I’ve tried to deal with the discomfort that sometimes keeps me up at night:  It wasn’t exactly a thrive solution, but it helped.

 

1)Mix 2-200 mg ibuprofen with

2 coconut rum and whatevers/if mixed strong you only need one.  Obviously not recommended if you have issues with alcohol abuse.

warm bath

hot packs

1 over the counter sleeping aid.   Check to make sure that it is one that can be mixed with alcohol.

2)  Get uncomfortable about using alcohol to sleep evernight.   Consult doctor for help.

This is not a medical recommendation.  It’s more like the last act of a patient who has been up every 1/2 hour all night long for a couple weeks.  If you need help sleeping due to cancer pain/discomfort, please see your doctor! That’s what I did yesterday and from last night on I am ditching the alcohol and taking Ambien.  It is working well for me.  Certain sources have also advised that marijuana oil from Colorado also works well.  I would stay away from illegal solutions if you can, but sometimes when you are rolling on the floor in pain, and your doctor has to see you before he can write a script for your pain killer, and he is 60 miles away and doesn’t know when he can fit you in. . . well, make the best decision you can.   I found out that our local pain specialist can follow me for my cancer pain.  Yes, it’s one more doctor, but it is something I am considering if things get bad again.

Keep fighting, surviving and thriving!

Joy is coming back

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Mar 122015
 
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Meditation, peace, joy

Here it comes….wait for it…JOY!   As my most recent chemo treatment recedes into distant memory, it becomes easier and easier to feel that peace and joy within.   My friends and family help, my dogs help, my faith helps.  I like to take time each day to give thanks.  Now, on my grouchy days that time goes pretty fast!   But as things get better, I realize that I really do have a lot to be grateful for, and the more I meditate on the things that are good about my life, the easier it is to let that little seed of joy take root and grow inside my heart.The weather the last few days has been a big help.  I wish I had the energy for long walks outside, horseback riding, and other outdoor activities.  But, for now, a picnic with my daughter, granddaughter, and two puppies feels pretty good.  I love the gentle breeze, the sun on my face, and the songs of the birds announcing that Spring is coming.Spring is, of course, the season of new life.  As that season approaches along with the final stages of my treatment plan, I look forward to the renewal of my spirit and the joy of life to come.  I wish you a Spring, and a life, full of peace and joy.

Claiming this promise for myself:

Therefore my heart is glad and my glory [my inner self] rejoices; my body too shall rest and confidently dwell in safety. Psalm 16:9

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Cancer is tough

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Mar 092015
 
1/2 through rectal cancer treatment

At the 1/2 way point

I try to stay current with my updates, honest and positive.  Most of the time that is not too hard, especially with the support of friends and family.  But the last four weeks have been just plain nasty and I have been waiting to be in a more positive mood before posting.   I am grateful for an excellent prognosis and all the wonderful support I receive.  I am grateful for an understanding employer and an awesome to work with supervisor.   I am grateful to be halfway through the chemo.

I am grateful, but I struggle to be joyful.   Weird stuff is going on with my body, I get sick at the drop of the hat, and really a year is a much longer time than it sounded like at the beginning of this journey.   Don’t worry, I am sure my mood will pick up again.   But right now, I sometimes just want to melt down and run to the nearest padded room, letting out a long and powerful scream.   I’ll just have to make it a scream of victory instead of a scream of frustration!  I am so glad that I only have about 3-4 months to go.  It has been a long year and I think what is really wearing on me is there is just not a true day off now that I have started the chemo.  The joy of the Lord is my strength, so please if you pray for me please pray for that joy to be restored; I miss it.  🙂

Well, that is my pout for the month!   I am starting to plan and look forward to things that I want to do when my treatment is completed, and that is a good sign I think.  I want to take some horseback riding lessons, look into coaching for Dave Ramsey Financial University, and get back down to my ideal weight.  Should be an awesome year to come!