As we near the end of 2012, I find it useful to review how life has gone, acknowledge the learning and to be grateful for the ups and downs and …then set some new goals for 2013.
So here is how my 2012 went. Thanks for your support in 2012 and I hope you have enjoyed or got something from BC Nirvana. Happy new year!
..and let me know how your year has gone 🙂 and your goals for 2013.
What went well in 2012? What needs to be celebrated?
- I finished off all my cancer treatment and then was declared cancer free. What an achievement.
- Staying sane after two diagnoses.
- I put quite a bit of energy into BC Nirvana and the site is going well.
- A volunteer team helped to launch BC Nirvana and we raised $5,500 for the Cancer Society (with the help of kind donors).
- I did some public speaking, radio and tv interviews and did okay (normally, I’m quite shy about these things).
- Lots of new friends and people in my life.
- In September, I decided to end the year on a high note and went to France.
- Helping my body out a lot by eating well, exercising, doing herbs and acupuncture.
What were the challenging bits?
- Side effects from treatment. Just feeling not great. For most of 2012, I had headaches and migraines five days out of seven. I struggled to cope with the migraines in particular and tried just about everything.
- I gained quite a bit of weight with all the treatments.
- Accepting a life with cancer and cancer treatments is not easy. Also realising my identity was tied up to my job so it was good to learn that I am valuable, regardless of my career.
What helped me the most with bc and treatments?
- Weekly acupuncture (thanks Scott, Kym and now Pete)
- Body therapies – chiropractor, osteopath and massage (to help with the side effects)
- Talking and support – art therapy, EFT with Jasmina and talking to wonderful support people.
- Rest – sleeping 8-12 hours each night
- Exercise – every day if I could. Walking, cycling etc
- Pink pilates – tailored treatments post-surgery and chemo
- Friends who could talk to me about cancer and talk to me about other things too.
- All the care packages and treats
- My family – being able to stay with my parents when I needed to
- Support people and company to medical appointments – thanks everyone, Joy, Nicky, Gill, Julie, Sokha, Moera, Kylie, Philippa, Italia, Sara, Loma and Mabel and many more!!
- Cancer Society – supported me in all my endeavours
- Doing a cancer retreat with Jasmina Kovacev
- Weekends away, treats here and there…doing as many fun things as I could.
What I learned?
- Many things! That life is not about work. Not working was really good for my recovery.
- That I can manage a website and contribute to others in this way.
- I can survive cancer and my mind and body can recover too.
- Life is really about dancing in the rain! If we wait for the good days to come, we can be waiting a long time. But each day, we can do something fun even when we feel crappy.
What I’m most grateful for:
- So much support from family and friends J
- And a crazy good medical and cancer support team – Oncology, plastic and breast surgery team, nurses and the cancer society.
- Healing quickly. The migraines more or less ending about a month after I finished treatment.
- Being able to go to France. That was a game changer for me – I realised that life actually can be good.
- Being able to end 2012 with a bang – moving house and starting work – after four weeks in France.
- Having options with my life and being able to not work for nearly 18 months.
- BC Nirvana kept me sane while contributing to others.
Where to for 2013
I would like to explore:
- Doing more travel especially in Europe.
- Living life a bit differently than I have up until now…trying new things and treating life more as an experiment.
- Building up BC Nirvana with a team approach.
- Living healthfully – eating well, exercising and keeping a good work/life balance.
- And many other things….I’ll keep you posted.
So, tell me about your achievements in 2012 and hopes for 2013!!