I read the wonderful messages about how different life is for people after battling the cancer experience, and I decided to put my thoughts down, because we are all different.
I had a year away from life last year, from October the year before and was quite surprised how "normal" life still has been. I am still me, and my life still presents itself the same as I approach my 48th birthday. I went back to work a few months ago, to discover my job was not longer there, but they have kindly slotted me into a 20 hour a week, lunch-time shift. Upon return to work there were mixed reactions, mostly they were fantastic and have been supportive or welcoming. I did have a major issue with 2 staff members, but it has been sorted out and Im reluctant to discuss it.
I am busy regardless of the lack of income, which hasnt helped us after a year of such expense, with studying and was relieved that after a few months my memory has returned and I am remembering. The study is not an added expense, its a traineeship via work.
I have found that my new friends and the time dealing with Cancer has created the most support and friendshps I have had in years and that I will always appreciate.
I try to go for a half hour walk every second day, or each day if weather permits, and regularly do my pilates DVD provided by the My Journey Kit.
I have joinded the BCNA, my first time going to meetings, and our next one here in Launceston is this Saturday.
Have a small group of Haircutting Clients, who are also the medical staff, support staff, or new friends acquired via the BC time. Great to get back into hairdressing as a mobile hairdresser.
I havent changed at all, and returned to my normal personality. I am a little more jaded I think, but keep my head focused on one day at a time, dont think about getting it back, dont worry about whay may happen, and as time goes by, forgetting the details of the year I found out I was a Triple Negative Breast Cancer patient.
Paid my $20 to the Cancer Council and am going in the "Relay for Life" in March.
Hang in there every one, I wish you all well, and I do still have a look to see how you are, when time permits!