Stress Less – 10/17/23

Photo by Steve Caputo, Light of Day Galleries

Photograph by Firefly Steve Caputo, Light of Day Gallery

Stress Less – Cancer puts tremendous strain on the system all by itself, and chemo and radiation treatments impose an additional tax on the body in order to effectively attack the disease. Since we are creatures of free will, our mind is capable of adding to that stress, if we let it. But so much of that mental stress is worry about things over which we have no control, and the energy spent on that could and should otherwise be directed toward visualizing a return to health.

That I am sick is a given. The results of the latest test are going to be what they are, and we will know when we know. Why should I worry about the things I cannot impact? The impact I CAN have on my outcome is based on my mustering strength of body, mind and spirit. We continue our (almost) daily walks to maintain strength of body. To strengthen my mind, I reject the option to stress about things out of my control. I’ve learned to give those concerns up to God, who strengthens my spirit. Letting go is not easy, but trusting in the peace of God frees me to devote my energy toward healing and living a more positive and productive life with whatever time I am gifted.

My treatment yesterday went well, and I expect to experience side effects over the coming days. Though they are cumulative in their effect over multiple sessions, they do seem to diminish over time away from treatment. Day by day.

Thank you for the enormous gift of your love and support. Please share that love with all those in this fight, especially those enduring greater suffering.

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