I wanted to share these photos I took recently, not with the intentions of being sexy, but to encourage all of us to love yourself no matter what physical state you are in life. We sometimes forget that the body can be fragile when we fill our minds with negative thoughts about how we may feel about ourselves. That’s what I was beginning to do when I first found out I had cancer. I started to doubt myself all the time, and started to feel invisible and not myself.
When I first was diagnosed, people were surprised, considering I am very healthy and work out a lot. Well, I learned very quickly that Cancer does not discriminate, and it can happen to anyone. Unfortunately cancer can change the way you live, the way you think, and the way you feel, but that isn’t going to stop me from living my life, my best life.
I was having a lot of self doubt two weeks ago, but recently I’ve been taking a different approach to the way I see cancer and chemo. I have to constantly remind myself that although life has shifted a bit, cancer does not define me and I will continue to love myself through all the changes. I am still the same person and I will continue to fight this battle. I am not invisible. I’ve been trying to wake up with a more positive attitude, take better care of my body, take life one day at a time, and just being in the moment. The side effects can be intense, and that is what majority of the time effects me emotionally and physically, but I’m learning to adjust and find ways to make myself more comfortable,(even if it means going to the hospital everyday to get IV fluids to stay hydrated) take my medication and just taking it one step at a time. I’m learning to be patient with my body and allowing myself to understand the process.
The point of this blog is to get a little glimpse of what my thought process is like, and understanding that, although I have cancer, I’m still living. Things may fall a part, but things can also be put back together. My story doesn’t end here.
Love the skin you’re in. I am learning that more each day. I’m grateful and humble to know that I am not alone in this. If you or anyone you know is dealing with cancer, know that you too, are not alone. We are all in this together.
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