07 July 2018

Go the Distance / Take the Time #22 (of 50) #Cancer #Addiction #Recovery #Emergence

Up on around the bend, my #radiation, #chemo & #hydration therapies are nearing the end, but my struggles, convictions and fortitude can neither be tarried or rushed.
Physical, mental and emotional exhaustion are on my road ahead. Relief will come slowly, at best. I'm in it for the long haul. Six months to a year is not to be unexpected. I remember how long and tedious my alcoholism took me to fully recover (I have 14+ years of continuous sobriety. After an earthquake to my system such as these, the after-effects may be life-long and incorporated into my new sense of gratitude for having survived).
My ability to fight infection has been compromised and I will have to be vigilant in my daily living. Proceed with caution, no green light to recklessness not indicated. Care, self-care will become a permanent by-word. A devil-may-care attitude, forthrightly discarded.
Even after my sense of taste and appetite return, I may have to make permanent changes to my diet to ensure a future of good health. Many and most of these self-suggestions are obvious, but I will still have to remain focused. Focus on meditation and taking the time to brew the coffee and taste and smell the coffee have been taught to me after their absence. With my eyes closed, the only difference between a glass of water and a cup of iced coffee had been a barely discernible difference in mouth-feel, and trust me, I look forward to more fully appreciating all my senses.
My risk of recurrence is, of course, highest during the five-year period afterward, but here again, my gratitude has taken a definite upswing.
Hopefully, my cancer will have gone into remission and seriously, with a tinge of humor, I embrace my readmission to the human race. Just like my recovery from addiction, a vital sense of reconnection is just what the doctor ordered.
My physical, mental and emotional care has been supported my teams of doctors, nurses and other professional staff members. I am eternally grateful that what may have once been a death sentence has, through advancements in care unknown and not tallied by me, increased my life expectancy. Every plus in medical science has provided me with hope for a brighter future (Gratitude, again).
My radiation therapy is likely a success, exceeding the 95 percentile. I'm told by the staff that my burns from radiation will subside in due course, but that I must continue with my recommended skin-care regimen for some time to come.
Caring for myself must become a habit. Neglect is off the table. In my career alcoholic days (and years) self-care, medical and dental care, diet, etc., all took a back seat to the next drink or drug. Cancer has refreshed my memory of the importance of health maintenance. I cannot help others if I cannot first help myself. This and other important lessons are still being absorbed by me. In fact, my recovery from addiction and alcoholism have definitely been reinforced by my cancer survivorship.
Some changes to my body, lifestyle and outlook rightfully may be permanent. I will have to man-up and play the ball where it lies. Even little cheats ultimately would be cheating myself.
My body will need time to repair.
I must be ready to Go the Distance / Take the Time!
My next step (or soon to be next step) is to focus my attention to helping others. I know of no better win/win situation.
Additional life lessons will hopefully be included in future posts.
A final salute to Gratitude is needed here. So, Have a Grateful :-) Day, y'all!
My continuing Recovery from Alcoholism has given me tools, hope, a positive attitude.
I have a leg up on Cancer that I wouldn't have had minus my addiction recovery.
"Nothing matters more than that we remain sober because when we remain sober everything matters more." That attitude carries over into my cancer fight. Cancer matters more. Fighting cancer means more. My life IS more, no matter how all of this turns out.
Strive on, Fellow Travelers! No matter what your fight and challenges! Help is out there.
A Call to Arms!
No, not guns and ammunition. I'm talking human arms, embracing and carrying forward messages of Trust and Hope among all Cancer patients, their families, friends and co-workers. We need each others support. Don't isolate due to the ignorance of others. Share freely. Dispel myths. Move forward.
Everybody's Recovering from Something. Get Help. Find Help. Help others.
I am not a Hero, but on my good days at least, I am no longer a victim. I and you and us and we are more important than fear and doubt and prejudice and ignorance and a basketful of other evils.
In Sobriety, I have chosen to not be a victim of Cancer, Cancer's Pawn. I Can-Cer Vive (stolen from an origin unknown). I can survive Cancer because, in the end, I shall not have left me be it's Victim. I will be a Victor of Cancer, no matter the actually outcome.
Be a Victor. Live Victoriously!

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The 1st 21 (of 50) #Cancer #Addiction #Recovery #Emergence posts are immediately below this Twenty-Second one on the link provided here (Reverse Chronological Order):
(If you're already on the All Drinking Aside Blog page, consider this link part of my ridiculousness!)
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Finally, whether it be Cancer, Addiction, Alcoholism, Recovery or All of the Above, "Hear Ye! Hear Ye... ! Read All About it, Wherever, Whenever, However!
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TAKE C.A.R.E. (#Cancer #Addiction #Recovery #Emergence)!!!

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