I can't help but reflect on the differences between this year and last. Last year, I was newly diagnosed with breast cancer. I was in that scary place of knowing I had a terrible disease, but not knowing exactly how bad it was. I knew I had major surgery and chemo in my near future, but didn't know when I would be able to actively start treatment. This year, I am through the main part of my treatment. I am hoping we can have the fun summer that we had planned last year. I want us to get outside, be active, and live life to its fullest.
Weird Al Yankovic concert. It was a lot of fun. I did not miss that omnipresent cloud that was over my head last year one bit.
I want to live each day, each moment to its fullest. That is what a brush with death is supposed to do to you, right?
But I have a confession to make--I am finding it very difficult to do that. I have noticed that I have been having a hard time being "present" for any sustained period of time. I often have other thoughts going on in my head, from scary to mundane. For instance: what am I going to make for lunch or dinner; what are we doing next; where do I have to take the kids later; did I take my Tamoxifen today?; how am I doing nutritionally?; is the cancer going to come back?
If its not other thoughts distracting me, it is a feeling of being fuzzy headed. I don't know if it is an after-effect of chemotherapy. Sort of like being in a fog.
Maybe it has nothing to do with cancer. Maybe it is just a product of living in the society and age that we do.
I'm not sure how to overcome these obstacles to my stated goal of living life to its fullest. Its frustrating because I need to cherish each moment. Not to be morbid, but you just don't know how many days you have. That goes for anyone, cancer or not. It feels like a waste to be either mentally elsewhere or in a fog.
At least I am aware of it, right?
|Living for the moment at the Fair!|