Lifestyle, Business & Treatment Plan
Patrick is convinced I was discharged after 4 days because “You don’t look sick, you look to well to be here.”
The 4 days in hospital took my gratitude to another level. Visits from my family and friends, flowers, teddy bears, cards, fruit baskets, what’s app messages, song lists and prayers; I’m convinced are part of the recovery process.
I was moved from my private room on day 3 to a ward, upon hearing the cries of pain and seeing theses amazing strong women with cannulas, and requiring pain relief and assistance to and from the bathroom increased my gratitude another level.
3 years ago I joined Meso Fitness. For 3 mornings a week I would do a 6am workout, Issac and Andre took me through my paces, I could feel my stamina increase- my fitness levels were improving, my eating habits became more disciplined, I found pleasure in buying matching gym apparel. My biggest issues then was shifting my stomach pouch (which I now realise actually came in handy).
But then I kept on thinking – what if I hadn’t made those lifestyle changes? what if I wasn’t relatively fit and eating moderately well? Note to self: Don’t give up!!!
I can’t stand up-right, the pressure on my stomach is immense – I’ve be instructed to lift nothing heavier than 1/2 kettle of water.
The next huge milestone on this journey is the 12-16 week recovery. I can feel that my body needs rest, the 10 steps to my bathroom feel like a marathon. After 7 days being home I no longer need to rest before I make the return journey of 10 steps, I still need support with most things.
This is the first time I can remember in almost 24 years that my diary is empty for the first 3 months of a new year. Whilst my diary is empty – my brain has been busy at work and I am so looking forward to the coming decade. I’ve been occupied thinking about my business and it’s growth, and my role as a business owner – time to take things up a level.
A life shifting diagnosis has the ability to cause you to think differently about life, business, priorities and well-being. There are some major shifts that I will be making; I can’t believe it’s taken this to move me.
Bishop T.D. Jakes spoke about ‘shattering the norm’ – I am ready to create a new normal.
It’s 12 days after surgery- the doctors say I’m making good progress, wounds are healing nicely.
Now we need to talk about a systemic treatment plan. The next stage: chemotherapy, Herceptin, and radiotherapy.
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.
Help is not a bad thing – note to self!