Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Strength and Support -

Where does one gather the strength they need to deal with a cancer diagnosis? After the initial shock, I did extensive internet research. I wanted to see what treatment options I had. I made calls to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society as well as the American Cancer Society - they were so helpful. To this day, I've said that when I win the lottery, I'm going to give both organizations a BIG gift. If you need any assistance, please check out their websites, as well as the others that I've listed on the right side of this blog under the heading, Fav Sites. It's better to be well-informed, than floundering like a helpless soul. You have to become your own health advocate ... no one else will do it for you. And, if I can offer a few words of advice (that I learned the hard way) let go of being proud. When friends or family offer to drive you to doctor's visits, etc., take them up on their offers. I struggled for the first few months on my own because I was too proud to accept their support. I thought that I could do it all on my own. It wasn't until I was truly run down that I began to let others help me. What I discovered is this - not only are YOU struggling to stay alive, your friends are struggling to deal with seeing their friend suffer. If they offer to help, let them! You'll feel the love that they have to give, and they'll know that they are assisting you. Life is a balance of give and take. You'll soon discover that sometimes it's good to be on the recieving end.

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