Today I had breakfast with a dear friend and her daughter, whom I am also friends with. Friends come in all ages and although this woman is my mom’s age, over the past 10 years we have become friends. So over I went at 9 am, to a feast fit for 20 rather than 3, but Cheryl is an amazing cook, so I gladly ate some of everything.
Food aside, the best part was being out of the house and the conversation. Since I am no longer able to drive, I have at times felt housebound. Being sick for a few weeks didn’t help the situation, but now that I am better, I miss driving. It was nice walking up the street to her house and feel the air on my face and hear the birds singing. Cheryl told me all about her cruise to Italy, which she hated, and it was so healing to laugh, and be able to focus on something other than my fatigue and side effects.
Walking home, the sun was shining and it felt great to be out. I had more energy, and felt my spirits lifted. My mind was clearer, and it felt good to take in some nice big breaths of springtime air. I realized that this is what I needed all along. Cheryl, Danielle, and I made plans to restart our book club, play cards, and have movie nights in order to get me out more, as well as give Cheryl company which she loves. I think this will help me so much because I cannot just stay cooped up in the house waiting to feel better. I have to be more proactive in my recovery, and getting out more is just thing to do.
When you are going through cancer treatments it’s sometimes hard to gather the strength it physically and emotionally takes to get out and socialize. The temporary way you look can make you want to hide, and fatigue can make you just want to sleep. Remember that these are temporary side effects. The fatigue will fade even though it may take some time. Exercise such as going for a short walk, or doing some light housekeeping can actually help your energy level, and build stamina. Socializing and keeping in touch with friends is important. Not only will your friends make you feel beautiful, they can make you laugh, and take your mind off your problems. This is so important during treatment because its a reminder that you are still you, just stronger. XO