On Sunday, July 10th, in partnership with the Anti-Cancer Club, we launched a 3-part series to talk about adjusting to fluctuations in physical, mental and emotional capacity as you learn to navigate life in the wake of a cancer diagnosis, through treatment and beyond. Truthfully, these issues touch anyone living through the acute phase of a chronic illness, and into maintenance. There is a real adjustment period as you move through all these stages.
At first it’s shocking and unsettling. Your mind needs to catch up with what has happened, all while dealing with fear – yours and others – reduced physical strength, and emotional confusion.
In no particular order, and not necessarily by name, we talked about:
- How to set yourself up to succeed (what can the 3 essential capacities show us)
- Asking for help even when you don’t want to (I have to deal with this one every time my capacities tank.)
- How uncomfortable – even shameful – it feels to be “incapacitated,” to have to speak about your physical needs, and opt out of events when you don’t have the energy to participate.
- Selecting your allies
- It’s OK to just be. You’re not – nor can you be – an always on entertainment system. That’s not the measure of your worth.
- Self-Awareness and Mindfulness
Watch the Replay Here
If you have questions or comments on what we discussed, you can respond in comments, or if you want to talk more privately, just fill out the Contact Form on this site.