When turmoil comes to your doorstep, emotions can run faster than Usain Bolt.
Over the last few months I’ve experienced emotions that I didn’t know existed.
My mind on occasions has been all over the place – trying to find peace and solace and trying to reconcile this new information concerning my life, my psychological and physical being.
The old song that we used to sing says “Will your anchor hold in the storms of life, when the clouds unfold their wings of strive, when the strong tide lifts and the cables strain, will your anchor drift or firm remain.”
Anchors represent, security, stability, and being grounded.
Over the last few weeks my anchors have become even more important for progress.
You don’t actually realise what you need until you arrive at a situation.
My amazing grandparents, although no longer with us, taught me in their living, about the strength of family; the family network is one of the strongest demonstrations of support and hope.
Being a leader and business owner with the responsibility for 120 staff and a sizable budget, requires a robust team to ensure systems and structures can work in your absence. The recognition that teams are important for progress came to the fore and passionately drove me to ensure that I demonstrate robust structures are not dependant on one person.
My siblings and parents keep me grounded in real life as they help to maintain a sense of normalcy.
My husband and children give me warmth and security. Paradoxically, I can be vulnerable yet strong, I can be anxious yet grounded and still feel safe.
My anchors give me a sense of peace and balance.
Today is the day for you to do a forensic analysis of your support structures;
Where are your support structures?
Who are your support structures?
How robust are your support structures?
What do your support structures know about you?
When do you call your structures into place?
You need to prepare for this before trauma comes to your door.
Breast cancer brings a psychological, emotional, physical and in some cases financial trauma. Maria Cohut published an article in Medical Journal, her research shows that many people diagnosed with a form of cancer also experience post-traumatic stress disorder, and for some, this persists and sometimes worsens with time; even after successful cancer treatment.
I’m sharing this because I want you to get comfortable with checking your breasts (If you are a male check yours too because breast cancer doesn’t only affect women). Recognise what “normal” looks like so that you can be aware when things are abnormal. Cancer does not discriminate! I know this to be true. 💕💕