After a good eight-hour sleep, I woke up today feeling abnormally out of sorts.
Over the past week, since my second weekly chemo session, I’ve been physically feeling minor aches and pains all over my body when I come out of slumber. But typically, after getting out of bed, moving around, and eating a good breakfast, the rest of the day passes without drama.
So that is what I was expecting today, too.
Rather than moving toward feeling better, though, the discomfort got worse as the day wore on.
My hands and feet tingle with an odd burning sensation. Strange inner prickles course throughout my body. There’s pressure on my shoulders. My brain throbs with a low-grade headache, making focusing on anything more challenging.
F*ck chemo. 😤😤
You don’t overcome challenges by making them smaller but by making yourself bigger.John C Maxwell
Anything good here?
Sure… Chiefly that it’s still a tolerable level of soreness. It’s big that there’s no nausea and my appetite is healthy.
And it’s huge that my honey and good friends are around to keep me cheerful.
Accept the presence of thorns, but let the rose inspire you.Steve Pavlina
The chemo treatments may screw with my body for a while, but I have no intention of letting them destroy my spirit, dampen my joie de vivre, dullen my inner peace, or diminish my love.
I know from experience that rocky roads can take me to beautiful destinations. Maybe, no, I expect (!) this one will, too.
Can you think of a time when bumps in the road led you to an unexpected wonderful place?
The most beautiful people I’ve known are those who have known trials, have known struggles, have known loss, and have found their way out of the depths.Elizabeth Kübler-Ross