My way of coping with my diagnosis is to be as positive and take as many positives from the experience as I can. As hard as it is going to be some days my hope is to remain as upbeat as I can. In this section, I am going to share things that have helped motivate me, in the hope they might motivate someone else.
This gorgeous woman (my mum) is my true inspiration and motivation through this battle. She finished her cancer treatment for Cancer of the womb this time last year and if I can maintain even some of the amazing attitude she displayed through her battle I will be doing well. Mum has always had an amazingly positive attitude to life and she did not let cancer change this or her. She kept doing the things she loved as best she could and always had a smile on her face. Love you mum!
I recently reviewed a book for my college course called “The Monk who sold his Ferrari”. The book is a fable about fulfilling your dreams and reaching your destiny. To be honest, I found the way the story was written a little cheesy but that aside there are some really good concepts and habits for anyone interested in incorporating routines and habits that can transform their lives, help them achieve their goals and being truly happy.
The author Robin Sharma is a leadership expert and while the concepts he talks about are not new, he condensed them into a short easy to read book. Just don’t try and implement them all, pick a couple of habits that will have the most impact on your life and concentrate on those.
Below are just a few quotes from the book which resonated with me and have helped with my attitude towards my situation (so far!):
- “We can’t control events but we can control our attitude towards these events”
- “No matter what happens in life you alone have the capacity to choose your response to it”
- “From struggle comes strength”
Music is so powerful, from transporting you to another place, lifting your mood or just helping you have a well-needed cry at times. I have to admit I am often drawn more to the melody of a song and don’t always pay much attention to the lyrics but I was listening to a song from my running playlist last week when it struck me how apt the lyrics were:
It’s “My Body” by Young the Giant.
I love the chorus and have decided it is going to be my kicking cancers butt mantra!
“My body tells me no
But I won’t quit
Cause I want more
Cause I want more”