"Failure is, in a sense, the highway to success, in as much as every discovery of what is false leads us to seek earnestly after what is true, and every fresh experience points out some form of error which we shall afterwards carefully avoid."--John Keats
If a picture is worth a thousand words...
Well....let's just say--I over did it the months of April, May, and July...so the last few weeks, I have felt like our poor back yard--dead, with the only thing growing--weeds.
So, I cleared my calendar...and this is how I have been spending my spare time:
Why, oh, why? Remember, boot camp? Well, it was really good for me, however...I am finding out, even good things can tip the balance scale. Five weeks ago, I noticed my neck starting to hurt, which led to my back hurting, which led to headaches, which led to increase in fatigue, due to pain waking me up at night. Now, I am pretty sure that this pain is related to over training, but to reassure some concerned family members, I do have an appointment at my oncologists office this week.
A few weeks ago, due to the pain, I significantly decreased the intensity of my exercise workouts. At first, I felt like a failure and was real disappointed in my body and it's lack of ability. Mr. Keats words helped me realize that my inability to do boot camp, doesn't mean I am a failure...it just means, (at this time) I have to avoid the intensity. So, for now, my exercise routine consists of daily stretching and walking for at least 30 minutes.
I share this recent bump in the road, to offer encouragement to other survivors who find themselves struggling with some of the limitations and frustrations which can come after cancer treatment. Many of us are walking in uncharted waters, without much guidance on "life after treatment." By sharing our collective experiences in cyber world, we can help each other.
With my recent neck/back pain...I really struggled with some questions--
1) Who should I call for advice? My internist or my oncologist?
2) The rule of thumb after cancer is the 2 week rule, if something still hurts after 2 weeks, we are to notify our physician. However, I find this rule isn't always "cut and dry." For instance, last year I had planter fascitiis--cancer in the heel is very unlikely. This spring I had shin splints--again cancer here very unlikely. Now, I have the back pain--again, I think it is due to over training...but with the cancer history--it brings questions??
Now, most days...I seldom think about cancer. Cancer is part of my life history, but it doesn't make up my life. That is why the other evening...I was caught off guard when my mind decided to pay a visit to Uncle Fear. You see, I thought Uncle Fear was dead and buried, but when your body and soul are dry...fear, like the ugly weeds in our yard, seems to grow best in the dry conditions especially when fertilized with fatigue. Thankfully, my visit with Uncle Fear was only a few minutes, as I quickly kicked him out of my mind and instead enjoyed a cup of tea with God's word. For I have learned, it His Word that comforts me and reminds me...
"For I know the plans I have for you, " says the Lord. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope." Jeremiah 29:11
Question: What refreshes you during a dry season? or comforts you when you have fear?