I love lists, so in that spirit I wanted to share this blog 10 Things I Learned From People Who Survive Cancer. What do people who recover from major illness have in common? Here are a few of my favourite points:
“Don’t take sh*t from people”
Do you ever find yourself getting annoyed over the most irrelevant things? Does it really matter if you don’t get your friend the perfect wedding/baby shower/birthday gift or someone de-friends you on Facebook? Didn’t you used to think that adults didn’t care about such petty, childish problems? So, you can either tackle the issue (probably my go-to approach too much of the time) or just stop caring! Spend your time and energy on the stuff that matters. And if you have enough left over for those petty things, reconsider just how good you have it!
“Take care of your body”
If you’re reading this blog, you may have already gotten this message from me! And to go along with this point, I would add that you should realize the true value of your health and be willing to invest in maintaining it. In Canada we are accustomed to “free” healthcare. It isn’t really “free” but because we don’t pay directly out of pocket, it seems that way. However, this “free” healthcare does little to prevent your future disease.
Think for a moment of any nagging health issue you might have now… Pain, fatigue, medications you have to take, etc. What would it be worth to you to not have it? To just be cured of it right now, as if it never happened. A lot, right? That would mean you don’t have to work so hard and you would probably feel better every day. It takes a lot more to reverse a process that is already in motion (and has been for many years) than to prevent it! So, take care of your body.
Do you really need another purse, pair of shoes, car, house, toy, or whatever? What you really NEED is your health. Prevention will save you time, money, energy, and will give you a better return than any other investment you can make.
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