“I have come to believe that caring for myself is not self indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival.” ~Audre Lorde
I’m a year out after completing chemo treatment for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and on my healing journey. Cancer is an ugly little thing that can come back again at any given time. So, to minimize those recurrent chances and to feel like I’m doing all that’s in my control, I’ve accepted that this healing path will be for the rest of my life.
I originally thought I’d be spending this first year rebuilding myself. It’s true. Now I see, however, that this is an eternal life path. Healing is an intentional daily practice and I’m on its constant road.
Being proactive by incorporating healthy practices into one’s life isn’t a guarantee against illness, but it at least makes us feel like we’re taking charge and doing all that’s in our control to ward off disease and optimize our health and well-being.
My ex-husband had moved out of the house to start divorce proceedings when I started working out. Gloria, a friend of mine, came to visit me one day and encouraged to go to the gym. She said that it would benefit me. “Okay, I’ll try it out,” I said, “but I don’t think it’s for…