Transitioning into Life After Cancer is difficult, especially if we aren't given a plan to do so. On top of the lingering side effects of cancer and treatment, we feel vulnerable and lost.
Now, you can find out your biggest areas of need and take charge of your well-being so you can feel good once again.
These are a few snapshots of me over the past nine years and as I figured out my own Life After Cancer Blueprint. I made a point to grab myself in different states of mind an well-being to one day remind myself how far I had come. Can you relate to some of these photos?
You know that moment when a survivor completes treatment and rings that bell and walks out of that cancer center? It’s supposed to be a time of joy and accomplishment…a celebration, and rebirth of life so-to-speak. Well…I felt naked and vulnerable…and on my own. I had never felt more alone than I did in that moment. And that moment stretched on for years.
I pushed myself to keep achieving at high levels…to keep up with my peers…within my career while juggling my health and family. I pushed myself in every way—battling exhaustion and all the side effects that come from cancer, hormone changes from chemo, cancer drugs and the hysterectomy, and just the effects of cancer treatment and ongoing medication in general. It really messes with your system! I started sacrificing sleep, exercise, nutrition, family time and “me time.”
I burned myself out and wore myself down. I felt out of control and went deep into the valley, physically, mentally, emotionally, and even spiritually. I suffered from severe depression and anxiety.
As awesome as my team of oncologists, supporting doctors and nurses, and therapists were… I was missing something. I was missing an actual plan for life after cancer, a plan to get and stay healthy… something that took into consideration all of those components—physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual NEEDS…not optional a la cart… I was lost in the system… lost in myself.
To try to LIVE my life and get back to some sense of normalcy… I was sacrificing my LIFE.
I needed a PLAN, a system for rebuilding myself, my foundation. I didn’t have one on my own at that time, and no one was giving me one. My health team of experts weren’t cohesively addressing all of these areas.
You can’t build a house, without its foundation. You can’t lay a few bricks here, a few bricks there… and if you try, sure, it might teeter-totter for a bit, but eventually it will fall.
Finally, I asked myself, “How much longer can you live like this?”
I realized that I didn’t have to accept the “new normal” that cancer gave me … that cancer forced me into.
No one told me otherwise, I had to figure this out for myself. I was looking to my “experts” for … ANYTHING. Sadly, I was under the impression that, this was just how it was going to be.
But. I realized … I could rewrite my new normal.
And then I fought like hell.
We have to accept the new normal that cancer forced upon us. LIE.
We will never be able to jump off the hamster wheel of "just surviving." LIE
We will forever feel worn down, burned out, stressed, and overwhelmed. LIE
There's a magic potion out there that we'll find one day to fix it all. LIE
We do NOT have to accept the new normal. We can move beyond just surviving. We can find balance and increase our energy. There is not a one-size-fits all solution, but there is a blueprint that is unique to you.
I invite you to take the fre Life After Cancer Success Assessment to see if you are ready take your next step in reclaiming your health, your energy, and your life. In addition to my 1:1 clients, I'm opening time for group coaching. By taking the assessment, we can determine which is the best fit for you.
During uncertain times, the worst place to be is at the mercy of the aftermath of cancer. Take control of your future by discovering your greatest obstacles and your next best steps. Life is too short to live any other way but fully and in abundance of good health and energy.
I said before that I lost nine years of my life to battling for my life.
I remember the day when it all set in.
I was looking through pictures of this crew, my family. My kids were three and one when I was diagnosed. I have a good six years of pictures that I don't recall being a part of, yet I was there physically. Mentally and emotionally, I was checked out. I was tired, burned out, and well, out of it.
It didn't have to be that way.
If I had had someone like me to take my hand and walk me through step by step, knowing what I know now ... and all that I missed out on, I would take it without wasting another second of our lives.
My family was a great support system. I had wonderful doctors (and still do). But none were able to comprehend the massive toll cancer took on my body, mind, and spirit. None of them could hold me accountable in the way a fellow survivor could.
Taking the assessment isn't a contract, it's an eye-opener. And, it's completely up to you.
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