December is a tough month for me. But I think it is for many people. Because it's not only a month of celebrations (Christmas and my birthday) but also one where we get a bit melancholic and look back on the miles we walked. It's getting dark earlier, we light our Christmas tree and we think of the people that are no longer with us. While magazines and TV show us how Christmas should be celebrated with lots of glitter and happiness... I truly believe many people feel sad and lonely during December.
The road to recovery is long, bumpy and very dark at times. Recovering from cancer treatment isn't just
about the outside — it's also about healing your soul. Sometimes we
forget where we came from, the things we had to face and the battles we
fought so hard for. Sometimes we need to be reminded that we are not
where we want to be, but neither are we where we used to be.
So for 2015
I made a memory jar. I am going to collect happy moments,
accomplishments, milestones, silly fun times, daily blessings and
surprises and I will put them in this jar and read them all on December
31st 2015. I will get to relive these special moments and be proud of
the steps I took
I hope I can inspire you to do the same thing and
enjoy the little things in life... for one day we'll look back and
realize they were the big ones.
I met with my new oncologist the 1st of December and everything was fine. I have to say, I miss the conversations I had with my old onc.. it was way more personal. But this new onc was nice, friendly and seemed to know what he was talking about. I was able to ask him all of my questions which I always write down. If all goes well, I will see him again in December 2015! So that's good. Less trips to the hospital. Another mammogram is scheduled June 2015.
I also met with my psychiatrist again. We're still experimenting with my anti-depressants. I am now on 45 mg. Fingers crossed I am going to feel better because I don't want to try another pill with possible new side effects. I know I need to give it some time and like I said, December is a tough month.
So no more hospital visits this month. I am going to try to focus on all the family stuff. Enjoy spending time together. Being able to buy them presents. This is my first Christmas without treatment. My birthday is coming up, turning 33. I'm going to try to enjoy these small moments... even though it's hard and I have dark memories in the back of my mind.
But next year will be lighter and brighter!