Building your resilience

Building resilience during chemo

was one of the most powerful lessons cancer taught me

My body went through so much,

I was in awe by the strength of it

Every time I was told I couldn’t have my treatment because my bloods were not at the level it should be

I had an extra week to recover

At the beginning I got so upset about it

I was trying everything I could

👉🏽changing my diet


Still things would come up

Red cells were too low😕
white cells were too low🙁
Sore throats and fevers🥺

In days of despair I would say to myself

“Tomorrow will be a better day”

And it always was

Mentally when I would feel so hopeless

About feeling so unwell and nauseous

scared about my future

I would say to myself

“Tomorrow will be a better day”

And it always was

Emotionally when I felt stressed

By the idea of changing all my habits

Things that I had done for my entire life that I knew I needed to let go

Because they simply didn’t serve me

I would say to myself

“Tomorrow will be a better day”

And it always was

The more I practiced the habit of

👉🏽Dusting myself off

👉🏽Shaking myself off after a bad day

The quicker I started coming back from these days

Before I knew they became hours

Before I knew they become minutes

Before I knew it, I was bouncing back

automatically as a habit

Instead of dwelling in the unwanted feeling or situation

I could see it for what it was

And come back from it

Everything we do is a habit

Building resilience is like building muscle

I was lucky enough to experience the

“intensive course” of cancer treatment

Where I was faced with situations and feelings

That threw me off balance daily

I kept practicing it

I kept trusting it

I kept doing the work

My “resilience” muscle kept getting stronger.

“Resilience is accepting your new reality, even if it’s less good than the one you had before. You can fight it, you can do nothing but scream about what you’ve lost, or you can accept that and try to put together something that’s good.”
― Elizabeth Edwards

This is exactly what I did

I put something much better than I had before

A stronger and healthier body, mind and soul

And you can do it too. 💜

Don’t over complicate the practice of building resilience

Dust yourself off and get up again.

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