I am really starting to feel that breast cancer is so behind me. My life and plans are all just about the now and a compelling future. The only things that bring me back with a thump are when I remember, well actually, I do need to be very proactive with my health; healthy behaviours are not just optional, they are mandatory.
I have been on a diabetes medication which hasn’t agreed with me. So I’ve gone off that and am meeting with my Doctor next week to talk through a different approach. I was supposed to lose some weight but appear to have gained a kg. Not good! So I need to re-focus on that and eat better and exercise more. However in my defence, the medication was making me feel unwell and caused headaches, which made it difficult to exercise.
I joined a new gym two weeks ago and am enjoying going and trying new things, keeping exercise interesting, especially when we are in quite a rainy cold winter here. When there are breaks in the weather, I do go out for an hour’s walk though. I love getting out on the beach.
With food, I have increased my protein intake a lot. I am also taking a CoQ10 and fish oil supplement. I always ate lots of vegetables and still do, but know replace potato with kumara/sweet potato when I can.
I am about to do a two week business course looking at building up Breast Cancer Nirvana. I have lots of ideas and just need a bit of help to get the ideas in to fruition. I also have some consulting work coming up.
In the meantime, I’ve been working on an eBook called My Chemo Diary which will be designed and published over the next couple of weeks. Very exciting for me and I hope will help others.
I am enjoying the work/life balance of working mainly at home. This was part of my vision of a more flexible life, especially if I am not feeling 100%. However, it does take more self-discipline to work at home and I do miss colleagues (as well as the work day structure). However, on balance, it is right for me.
I have had lots of meetings in the last weeks about ideas for cancer apps, the website and eBooks for the website. I can’t wait to get everything done.
My new relationship with Joel is going really well. It is great to create a new family together and work towards life goals together. Having love in your life certainly changes life for the better. I am good at being single but life is definitely more fun and interesting now. It is also helps me forget about the past and focus on the here and now and immediate future. It is also uplifting to know that there are such good people out there in the world and Joel is one of them.
What is working for me
- Still working three days per week until the end of this year; it is still a recovery year
- Exercise – every day and working up to an hour including cardio
- Eating – very healthfully with lots of good protein, vegetables, fruit and appropriate supplements
- Acupuncture weekly with Todd Stewart from Harmonious Health
- Having a vision of what work/life balance is for me and stepping towards it
- Surrounding myself with quality friendships/relationships and support
- Doing work projects that I love – writing and being a health advocate amongst other things
- Uplifting activities every day
What are your tips for moving on from breast cancer?