Track Record – by Debbie Nance

Some of you know that my cancer is no longer in remission.

Ah well. I’ve come to look at it as a chronic disease like Diabetes or Crohns or any number of other diseases. I caught on to the symptoms earlier this time so hopefully the chemotherapy will work quicker. The biggest side effect this go round is fatigue.

Yesterday was supposed to be my low point for blood counts with regards to my current chemo cycle. And it felt like it. Even though I got 9 hours of sleep, not quite uninterrupted, I woke up with no energy.

Tuesday had been a good day after a good night’s rest, a solid 9 hours. (I didn’t know I could sleep that long.) And Wednesday was a good day for me with lots of energy. I wrote an article for a work-for-hire. I emailed people. I worked on some critiques for our upcoming WIFYR novel class http://www.wifyr.com/.  I did a very small amount of housework, ran an errand, and cooked dinner. Several of my grandkids visited me with their parents. I held and snuggled babies/toddlers, and admired and listened to their just-older-siblings. And I went to bed early.

But Thursday the sleep didn’t matter. So it was a day to rest.

I understand that everyone has some thing, some obstacle(s), in their life that keeps them from doing all they want. Be it a lack of time, money, sleep, energy, support, health, or the opposite an abundance of children, work, chores, distractions, duties, activities, or a combination of all of those things.

But some people seem to be successful anyway. Take for instance, the writer I know who had a bunch of little kids and used her laptop and wrote and published books amongst the chaos. Or another writer I know who, with a busy family and a disease that makes it hard to type, keeps on going no matter what.

What do you do to keep yourself going on hard days? Maybe we should compile a list and if one thing doesn’t work, move down to the next. Or print them on strips and put them in a jar and pull them out one at time in random order.

Watch TV.

Eat Chocolate.

Exercise.

Drink Green Smoothies.

Call or Text Friends.

Crank Up the Tunes and Dance.

Browse FB or Pinterest.

Power through.

Pray.

I saw this post on FB, which might be of help:  “On particularly rough days when I’m sure I can’t possibly endure, I like to remind myself that my track record for getting through bad days so far is 100% . . . and that’s pretty good” – Author Unknown.

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