Thank you, Gail, for letting me know you found this helpful. I appreciate hearing that my words make a difference for fellow patients. Hope you continue to enjoy life while you continue to survive cancer!
Thanks, scifiknitter. I'm glad you find this post useful.
Depression is not uncommon among cancer patients--especially metastatic patients--and it's important that we realize it can be a side effect of cancer treatment (or the disease itself) and that it has treatment options too.
In 2013, the website Moments A Day posted a lovely list to help moms remember why they’re grateful for the irritations in their life. It’s a great example of recognizing that how we choose to think about events can make a difference in how we view life.
Patients with cancer occasionally need similar reminders. Some days we may have difficulty seeing the upside of anything, especially when in active treatment, experiencing unpleasant side effects or facing cancer progression. On such days, we need to be creative and write a list unique to our own values. For instance, here are some things on my list:
To celebrate National Cancer Survivors Day (June 7), I'm sharing a recent picture of me with Linnea Olson, a sister metastatic lung cancer patient and one of the bloggers (Outliving Lung Cancer) who inspired me to become a lung cancer blogger and advocate. She and I are both alive thanks to research and clinical trials. As Linnea phrased it on Twitter, "Medical research has our backs! Here's to fourteen more (and beyond) years!"
The community of lung cancer patients and caregivers, combined with family and friends, keeps me going despite the roller coaster of scans, progressions, side effects, and emotions that are ...
Today is my fourth cancerversary. Four years ago — May 10, 2011 — I first heard a confirmed diagnosis of lung cancer.
On cancerversaries I review events of the past year and assess how I’ve spent my time. I’m not looking to pat myself on the back for my accomplishments, or check locations off a travel list. I’m looking to see if I stayed focused on what means the most to me, and whether I need to adjust my priorities. My time is too precious to waste.
When I became a metastatic lung cancer patient, my view of life changed. I no longer had unlimited time to consider my options and wait to see what might happen. My available time was compressed, foreshortened. ...