This will be my first Christmas since receiving the diagnosis of thyroid cancer. A purple butterfly has been placed on my tree as a reminder of my battle and my hopes for the future. While to some it might seem morbid to do so, for me it is a sign to move forward with living and appreciating the gift of life.
A cancer diagnosis has encouraged me to make many positive steps:
- I eat a more healthy diet. There’s less sugar but more enjoyment when I do have a sweet treat.
- I am more appreciate of the love & support of those around me – especially my family.
- I take better care of myself. Exercise has become an even greater release for me. I have slowly gotten back into yoga which I love! I am more apt to go to bed when I’m tired rather than waiting for the family to go to bed. There’s time made for myself.
- I live more in the moment. Time is spent enjoying a sunrise or sunset. I spend time appreciating my garden not just working in it. Stuff is not as valuable. People are valued. I have started taking some lessons again to continue to grow my skills while reconnecting with that part of myself – the music maker.I have a greater trust in God. My faith is still developing though I have always had this basis in my life.
So, I leave you with a song that has great meaning to me this season and many days of the year: