I have been reminded what a role stress plays in my life and I thought I would share that with you. Before my cancer i never gave stress any credit. I was stressed all the time and honestly didn't think it really had any type of effect on me other than, stressing me out.
After cancer I realized stress is a huge monster, one that can take my life and turn it upside down. When I get stressed, either physically or mentally, I change. Sometimes its a fever, other times its pain and most often its exhaustion. Its taken me about a year and a half to really realize the power of stress. But what I have learned is how to deal with the stress and to really appreciate how important it is.
If you are a survivor you need to really listen to your body. If you are feeling tired, rest. If you are feeling sad its okay to sit in your sadness for a moment but then do something that makes you happy. If you are feeling sick eat some soup, have a cup of tea or cuddle up on the couch and watch a good movie! LOVE YOURSELF.
Sometimes we forget or under appreciate what we have been through, what we are going through. This goes for the supporters and care givers too. In order to heal you must be happy, rested and most importantly you cannot let yourself succumb to stress, no matter how easy it is!
Posted by Meaghan on Tuesday, April 07, 2009