December 12, 2001, was one of the worst days of my life. I was diagnosed with breast cancer. This diagnosis would be the catalyst for surgeries, other health issues, financial destruction, the repossession of my house and car, and a divorce, not to mention the loss of self-esteem and stress on my body.
- I learned to say NO…and not overextend myself.
- I learned that there are rewarding careers that don’t involve managing others
- I learned that money is not everything and certainly isn’t worth bad health
- I learned that I could live a happy life and not sweat the small stuff
- I learned that I don’t have to be a perfectionist in every area
- I learned that personal relationships are valuable..however, I don’t let them invade my personal time or life
- If it’s not my problem…I don’t get involved
- I learned not to take things so serious all the time
- I learned that laughter is truly the best medicine and it is healing!
- I have learned that material processions don’t mean diddly squat! (can’t take it with you)
- I learned to listen to my body…when it says I’m sick or I’m tired etc…I stop, listen and react to that now
There is so much that I have learned over the past four years it is unbelievable. I only named some of the more significant things.
It is important to look at yourself and evaluate your attitude, habits, actions, and overall way of living. Then set out to make changes. I ask myself when I begin to feel stressed…Am I bringing this on myself? Do I really need to be involved? Am I enabling someone else by taking this responsibility on? Am I neglecting myself with this added whatever?
Just devise some questions that cause you to think before acting or reacting. Take time for you! Seriously, if you are sick and stressed who can you really be there for anyway? Stop and take care of you first!
I just remarried two weeks ago and I am 42 1/2 yrs old. I never thought I would find true love and I never thought my life would be a happy one again. I mean I hoped but wasn’t sure I believed it. Then Jeff came along and it all changed. The other changes were gradual of course!
I am actually thankful for what I have been through…I am a better person because of it. I am happy and in better control of me! I very seldom stress out about anything anymore…I have my life…what is there to stress about?
Darla G. Dawald
Author, Consultant, Speaker