11 positive things cancer gave me
Jenni Eyles from Styling Curvy, shares 11 positive things that cancer taught her about life.
6. I'm following my dreams
Returning to work in the same capacity after treatment wasn't an option for me, ongoing surgeries and a change of priorities meant I had to think outside the square. As it turns out I love to write and have forged a new business as a blogger. Creating a community online has been a gift, one I'm grateful for every single day.
7. I have more tolerance and empathy
I thought I was fairly tolerant and empathetic before I was diagnosed with cancer but we all have room to be more caring.
These days I'm not easily rattled, I understand that stress can sometimes make my body react in a negative way so I choose not to invite it into my life. I choose my words more carefully and breathe deeper in situations that could upset me. There is always someone going through something, their 'story' is just as valid as my cancer and showing them empathy could make the difference between them having a bad day or a good day.
8. I live in the now
Life can get busy, I get it. It's easy to get caught up in your daily routine but being diagnosed with cancer can give you a glimpse of how short life can be.
For me I now choose to live in the now. These days I'm doing 'all' the things I wanted to do but never found time for. I’m also doing things that I never knew I wanted to do. I'm having a crack and enjoying new challenges like stand up paddle boarding, catching a plane on my own, mastering technology, heading to the beach at midday (or midnight) to take in some sea air or simply catching up with friends more often.
Your list might look different to mine but the points is, take some time to really plug into your life and live in the now.
9. I say 'yes' to what matters and 'no' to what doesn't
This is a big one and for me and I found it life changing. Saying 'yes' more often to the things that light you up means can help you live your best life. On the flip side, finding the courage to say 'no' to all the things that steal time from the things you love doing is also important. This can help you feel more in control and overall become a happier person.
10. I'm less selfish
Cancer taught me a thing or two and one thing I'm grateful for was learning that life wasn't all about me. Sounds glaringly obvious right? Of course, but when I was caught up in the daily grind of work and parenting I didn't give my actions the attention I needed to. Empathy and tolerance have taught me to be less selfish and to consider others more often.
11. I love yoga!
Now there's a statement I never thought I would make, but these days I practice Dru Yoga a few times a week. After cancer it's common to want to do 'all' the things to create a healthier you. In theory that's great, but the reality is you can't do everything and certainly not all at once. For me I choose to make small changes when and where I could, and introducing yoga was a change that worked for me. Yoga gives me the mind, spirit and body connection that helps me to live a more conscious and healthier life.
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