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Stress Management

THRIVING TIPS

Reduce
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BY H E AT H E R SM I T H

hen I was diagnosed, I turned to social media to search out people
who had a story that looked like mine and never found anyone
with a mountain of medical bills piled up on a countertop.
A messy bathroom, clean (but not yet folded) laundry. Nor
anyone saying: "well, we can go for takeout again" because someone didn't
have any gas left in the tank to think about meal planning, let alone leaving
the house for groceries. Did I mention the never ending to-do list that comes
with adulting? Or buying a fixer upper? Not to mention the small ones (furry
or human), spouses, family obligations... I could go on for DAYS about the
things that stressed me out pre-diagnosis.
Post-diagnosis? There's a never ending stream of medical appointments and
treatments and those leave you teary eyed, sitting in the car, silently crying
because you are too exhausted to lift your hand to open the damn car door.
I see these beautiful curated photos of a kick-ass cancer survivor and it
looks like she is kicking ass AND she has a clean bathroom AND has zero
medical bills. But I am here to tell you, I have scoured my social media, I have
googled. I have asked around. I have NOT found anyone talking about the
damn struggle bus I was (and still am) driving to just manage any of it. The
bills, the fatigue, the complete disarray of my formerly organized life.
Let's get OFF the struggle bus!
I am here today to talk about all of these things. To be real with you because
it is a struggle. Every. Damn. Day.
'Adulting' is hard without being a cancer thriver. I know, because I see THAT
all over my social media feeds. To be totally honest, I love it when people share
the real nitty gritty on their social media. It reminds me that everyone has
their own struggles.
What I do see is really great content designed for helping the average person with their troubles. "Five Kitchen Gadgets You Do Not Need" or "How
to Get Rid of (XYZ) Fast!" or "How to Stop Eating Out Every Night." And I

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am here to tell you, I love this kind
of content. Pre-diagnosis, I devoured
it like a rabid animal. I loved to plan
and organize and file and de-clutter.
And then my diagnosis came,
and for a while these systems
held up and did make life
easier... but after a while,
the overwhelm was just...
well, overwhelming.
My wife traveled for
work. Like, a LOT. Most
weekends, I was lucky to see
her for 36 hours and she was
sleeping for a good portion of
those few hours. She was recovering
from grueling 10+ hour days, physical labor and driving all over the
USA. So, I had to step up my game. I
was tired from my targeted therapies,
but my wife? She was also tired. She
was sleeping in a noisy hotel room
far from home in a foreign bed. She
was eating terrible food (although:
we did finally nail down the perfect
work-week-cooler meal plan for her).
I knew I had to get on top of the
overwhelm, it became imperative for
me to function at my best, so that I
could help her function at her best,
so WE could function at our best.
6 UNIQUE IDEAS TO REDUCE YOUR STRESS

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Unsubscribe from emails and
junk mail. Yes, this takes some
time and patience, but it is
important. I no longer have a stack of
physical mail to sort through. I only
see emails I want to read in my inbox.
Clearing it up can do a lot for your
mind: you are only consuming content
that makes you smile, and you are not


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