“I have come to believe that caring for myself is not self indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival.” ~Audre Lorde
I’m a year out after completing chemo treatment for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and on my healing journey. Cancer is an ugly little thing that can rear its ugly face at any time. So, to minimize those recurrent chances and to feel like I’m doing all that’s in my control, I’ve accepted that this healing path will be for the rest of my life.
I originally thought I’d be spending this first year rebuilding myself. It’s true. But I can see now that this will be my life’s path forever. Healing is a daily, intentional practice. I am on this continuous road.
Being proactive by incorporating healthy practices into one’s life isn’t a guarantee against illness, but it at least makes us feel like we’re taking charge and doing all that’s in our control to ward off disease and optimize our health and well-being.
My ex-husband left to start divorce proceedings and I started exercising. Gloria, a friend of mine, came to visit me one day and encouraged to go to the gym. She said that it would benefit me. “Okay, I’ll try it out,” I said, “but I don’t think it’s for…