This entry was written by Amy Lessack, Senior Vice President and Regional Development Manager for Wachovia Bank:
This is my first blog so I hope I am doing this right. I am going to share how I am living my “New Normal” after being diagnosed with metastatic breast in 2008 when I was 43.
Well, what I learned when I was first diagnosed in 2002 when I was 36 is that every day is a gift. Now, I am sure that sounds very trite and I don’t mean it to be. Believe me, there are still many days that don’t always feel like a gift. However, to have the day, even if it is a crappy one, is still one more day alive. For me, that’s a good day.
Every day I try to do the following:
- Smile and laugh.
- Do something fun – either with friends or by myself. Now – this can be really hard. There are many days that are not fun due to treatment, work, etc. But even if it is reading a page in a book that’s not work related or laughing at something on TV (I love the Daily Show – I am a huge Jon Stewart fan) there is always something that’s fun that you can appreciate.
- Make sure I do my “mantra” every day and thank my guardian angels. These are family and friends who have passed away who I thank every day for their love and support. I make sure their names are spoken at least once a day and the universe hears their names.
- Plan lots of trips. And I mean – lots of trips. I don’t let the grass grow too long under my feet. Trips can be a day, overnight, domestic, international. Because of my job I have had the opportunity to travel all over the country and because I am still single (something I still need to work on) I am able to stay weekends and explore, see friends, and just enjoy everything that is local from food to theatre.
- I do a big vacation every year. My favorite vacation is to go to my summer camp for a week and just play – like I’m in my 20s again versus my 40s. My goal is always to see that I can make it through the week and do all of the activities: water ski, sail, ropes, and just play!
It’s a great place to erase all of my health worries and work worries. It is the place where I am most me. I just have fun. Hmmm….that word keeps coming up. Bottom line – gravitate to something that you love to do and do it – share it – give yourself gratitude – give yourself grace…
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