“You have to fight through some bad days to earn the best days of your life.” – Unknown.
Warm golden light begins crawling across the covers as the sunrises, your body begins tingling into wakefulness. Even though morning is here whether you want it to be or not, you have two choices. You can seize the day and everything it has to offer of you can scurry back into the warmth of your blankets, burrowing your head till the sun don’t shine. Many of us have experienced these moments when it seems almost impossible to face the day.
Whatever our reason, grief, pain, fear, we all have the choose. Either wake with a mindfulness that we will do the best we can under our current circumstances or simply hide and feel even more overwhelmed, scared and ashamed.
We’ve created daily routines for a reason.. The simple act of getting up and making our bed is enough to make us feel more “normal”. To ground us. Remind us that this is only a temporary status.
There is some irony to the timing of this post, I can only imagine what’s running through this beautiful woman’s mind, the fact she’s getting up each day and making her bed and opening her store is well an accomplishment in itself. But even tougher is the date, the eve of dreaded #2 chemo session that will cause these beautiful luscious locks to fall so gracefully at each turn, twist and touch. They have been growing for just over 6 years and in a matter of a day they will be no longer the same. Each person has a different experience when there body is pumped with the chemicals designed to kill the cancer cells, but more often than not hair loss is pretty much guaranteed. Some of the other side effects can be: sore mouth, diarrhea, constipation, pain, fluid retention, fatigue, bed wetting, nauseous, vomiting and the list goes on..I am sure most of us can’t even imagine what this would be like.
What I’ve learned personally and through many of my clients stories is when we are facing some of the biggest challenges in our lives the most incredible things can happen if we are paying attention. Its usually at the moment when you feel like your physical and emotional body can’t take more and BAM, you receive a gift of relief, good news or someone special that steps into your life in a way you couldn’t have described before entering this journey through hell.
I mean who wants to ask for HELP? Who wants to seem like they need help? How many of us hide, pretend we are okay when really what we crave is just someone else to take over even for a moment. To lessen the burden that seems unsurmountable. How many of us would jump at the opportunity to help another person? We probably wouldn’t even think twice..
So this post is dedicated to ALL the beautiful people who’ve stepped up to the plate even when they were told “no thanks”, I’m okay, I got it, that stood by, waited, leaned in and were the rock you couldn’t even have imagined ever needing but at the end of the day couldn’t imagine getting through without. Here’s to you, thank you!
Lets send Cathy some big love today and support her through this next step.