Friday, October 30, 2009

Staying Positive

First, I welcome Beth Larson and her best friend, who is currently battling breast cancer, to my blog. I also welcome my friend Annie, who is currently battling breast cancer, to this blog. Please let me support you in any way that I can.

Today, I want to talk about the challenge of staying positive. I have to admit, it gets tougher to remain optimistic as the treatments and surgeries draw out. I've had shingles for over two weeks now. The fevers have stubbornly spiked at night and I still have rashes and breakouts on my back that sting and itch. My final surgery is about 6 weeks away. I'm afraid the shingles will make the doctor kick that surgery back--I just want to end everything already. So I try to rest, sleep and take it easy to help hasten the virus through its course.

When everything seems to be going wrong, its easy to just lay down and cop a bad attitude. But that's not good for your health. Remember, your biography becomes your biology. You have to eliminate negative thinking because it will only hinder you health! And they say I got the shingles because I hads a "compromised immune system due to cancer treatments." So clearly, I'm not out of the woods. It takes discipline to keep negative thinking at bay. But you gotta do it. I'm doing it now.

If you start getting down, take a moment and do something you like, or treat yourself to something, like an ice cream cone. Move a muscle, change a thought. That's how it works. Keep trying.


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