One of my friends, Carla, has been writing a daily Facebook post on what she is grateful for. Just recently, she wrote about how grateful she was to feel well and healthy, stating that it is usually when she is unwell, that she remembers to be grateful for feeling good.
Since recovering from cancer, or more importantly, chemotherapy, it has been relatively easy to embrace feeling good. Even throughout treatment, perspective of what it meant to feel good changed. When you can go days without being able to lift your head off the pillow, being able to move your weary body from the bed to the arm chair for 30 minutes can seem like heaven on Earth.
Imagine what it must be like to fully recover from the damaging effects of chemotherapy! You feel completely invincible and so, so grateful for every second and ounce of energy you have.
This week I had a reminder of what feeling unwell was like. I have been unlucky enough to catch this monster cold/flu that is going around and actually had the whole week off work to recover! Taking time off work does not sit well with me. I don't think I even took a week off at a time through chemotherapy, much less for a common cold, but this week I needed to.
Up until today I forgot what it was like not to have aching bones and joints or a throbbing head. I couldn't sleep and I couldn't taste anything, not that I had much of an appetite anyway. But today, my head felt clearer, and my headache went away with some aspirin and I had a reprieve. What a relief. Oh the joy of feeling (relatively) well again.
I am filled with gratitude.
- I started this blog as I entered my 40th year, and now firmly in my 40s, I continue to learn so much about life. I'm learning that life rarely goes according to plan and that there's something new to learn every single day, be it a subtle nudge or a smack in the face.... This is my blog about muddling through my 40s-working hard, writing a book, being an ammateur photographer, trying to exercise and eat well, endeavouring to be the world's best aunt, as well as having fun and laughing out loud every single day.