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Jen's Corner

LISTEN TO YOURSELF

It's OK Not to Be OK!

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BY J E N N I F E R A NA N D

t's OK to struggle. This quarantine time is so hard. I find each day a battle
to get out of bed, and lack motivation to start my day, especially when I
don't even know what day it is! It's OK Not to Be OK!
It's OK to take time for yourself. I want to be a good worker. I want
to be a good friend. I want to do good things for others, but sometimes I don't have the energy or strength, and I need to focus on taking
care of myself. Allowing myself to sit wrapped in blankets for a little bit.
Or to wallow with that dish of ice cream. Or even just to mindlessly watch
TV instead of doing something productive.
It's OK to need help. People reach out to me with "I've been thinking of
you" and "How is quarantine going" and "I'm going shopping, do you need
any food". My first response is to be "good, how about you, and no I don't."
But that's not true. These people have contacted me specifically because
they actually care. And the least I can do is reply honestly. So I've started
telling them. It's not going well. I think I'm going to go crazy. I could use
a pick-me up. I'm sad. It's hard.
It's OK to be sad. My brother graduated college, and while it should have
been a happy occasion, I cried on the couch for most of it. He's coming back
today with my sister but I won't get to see them for two weeks. I'm sad. I
wish I were there with them. I'm sad to be missing out on the big things

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like weddings and birthdays, but
also the smaller things like bonfires
with friends or dinner together.
It's OK to feel hopeless. This feels
like it will never end, but it will.
It has too. I see cancer muggles
chomping at the bit to be allowed
back to their "normal" lives. But
even, and especially, once they start
congregating en mass again, I can't.
This time will be longer and harder
and stricter for me than most of the
others in my life. And I wish cancer
muggles would understand that
their freedom does not mean freedom for all of us. And this quarantine has already felt like an eternity.
One day, someday, hopef u l ly
soon- it will be OK again. But for
now, it's OK to not be OK. l


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