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Recovery from Cancer, the 5 Step Formula to Finding Your Path

Posted on Jul 31, 2012 in Recovery from Cancer | 14 comments

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Recovery from Cancer, the 5 Step Formula to Finding Your Path
Recovery from Cancer

Recovery from Cancer

Tomorrow I will be 7 years cancer free! If there is one thing I’ve learned about recovery from cancer, it is that the days will continue to come and go, emotions will wax and wane, energy levels will fluctuate and the amount of time we worry about recurrence starts to diminish over time. In other words, life moves forward and where you are today will not be where you find yourself next month, next spring, or next year.

Recovery from cancer is a whole new path, much different than the one started when diagnosed. This is a time when you are handed a new beginning, a second chance. And as much as your family and loved ones want to believe the fight has been won, in all reality, the battle has just begun. Your eyes have been opened to the frailty of life as well as the sweetness of living. You’ve learned tomorrow holds no guarantees and today is the only force you have to hold on to. Now is the time to stand up and take the first few steps that will move you forward.

  1. Accept Where You Are. This is the hardest step, but also the most important. Owning your situation is essential, be honest with yourself and take responsibility to move yourself forward. After all, it doesn’t matter how you got where you are, that is past and done. What matters is taking steps to improve upon and set a new course in action. Recognize that you are the only person who can move you out of your current situation…Where is your starting point?
  2. Find Your Horizon. Quit looking back at where you’ve been and decide where you want to go in your recovery from cancer. What does your horizon look like? What are you going to work towards? What are you going to focus on that will bring wellness into your life? If your horizon is two feet in front of you, then focus on that…If your horizon is dim, trust that the way will be lit. If your horizon is non-existent, flip a coin and trust that any direction is better than no direction. (You have a whole new life ahead of you; there are no wrong answers here!)
  3. Take The Next Step. This can be way easier than it seems. If you are going to invest your future in rebuilding your body through exercise, your next step might be as simple as looking up workouts for cancer survivors on-line. If you are looking to make nutritional changes, pick one thing to add or remove from your diet. If you want to start a daily journal, go buy a notebook. The next step is just a step, it moves you one step out of where you are, yet one step closer to where you want to be. Don’t over think this…just take it!
  4. Commit! Make that next step the most important thing you do every day. It is your personal investment in your own health. This commitment is as important as the chemo treatments you took, or the daily radiation appointments you made. Your starting point will change, your horizon will shift but the commitment to continually take the next step towards a healthy and balanced life is your personal prescription to fight cancer on a daily basis. This is what will keep your worries in check and your body cancer free. Do it…there is nothing more important than committing to the next step, everyday.
  5. Reevaluate. Give anything you try at least a three week period, then take note; have you moved into a new routine, a new way of thought, a new existence. Notice the change of scenery, if the landscape is still barren, keep moving, but course-correct if needed. Remember some things take time. The key is to keep moving forward toward new visions, new choices, and new horizons.

What actions have you taken in your recovery from cancer?

What would you recommend to someone embarking on this new path to health?

 

Please leave your comments below! I would love to hear thoughts and ideas…

 

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  1. TK

    Interesting concept on starting recovery. Thank you for the pointers

  2. Norine V. Rathbone

    Are you sure you’re not a professional athletic cancer coach? You should be. You’ve got it…

  3. Emily-Kate Niskey

    Beautifully written Terry, I have definitely gone through a whirlwind of emotions in this past year! Surviving cancer definitely puts everything into perceptive and gives you (at least me) a new outlook on living, Congratulations on your 7 years!!!! I look forward to mine!

    • Terry

      Your 7 years has already started! The emotions will continue as the perspective deepens, I honestly believe cancer removes the veil that allowed us to ignore these things in the past!

      Welcome to life, right!

      It’s all about feeling and doing, then feeling some more!

  4. Brandi

    Congratulations Terry. Awesome blog, thanks for the reminder to take things one step at a time. I look forward to reading more from you. You are the best!!!

  5. Susan

    Congratulations Terry! Although I am not a survivor, I have many friends who are, and would like to thank you for blogging your wisdom. I’ll keep your blog address handy to refer to others. Aloha, Susan

  6. missykizer

    Terry, we met at Miraval. Great way to use cancer to help others. You took to heart the idea of advocacy and you’re making a great contribution. Thank you sister-in-arms!
    Missy

    • Terry Maurer

      Yes. Missy, I know you! I read your blog posts all the time!

      I have had this project burning in me for years…Everything has finally lined up, and now it is time to raise the bar and get some information out there on healing.

      Amazing how this disease changes us, or maybe I should say transforms us!

      Blessings to you!

      Terry

  7. Karen Pellouchoud

    I am a little over 10 years cancer free-I am considered cured. Thank you for these inspirational thoughts-Love it!

    • Terry Maurer

      That is so awesome Karen! And so powerful and inspiring for those in the early stages of recovery to see that healing happens and is possible! I love to see that and am so happy you shared!

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