As a ‘busyness exponent’, the most difficult task I have in managing my treatment is rescheduling my life to be less busy.
When you are raised having the good old Protestant work ethic drummed into you, it is difficult to amend the habits of a life-time.
My doctors, oncologist and other advisors all stress that I must look after myself now to ensure the greatest chance of extending my life-span. When other’s needs arise and there are responsibilities to discharge it is difficult to say “no”, yet that is what I know I must do.
Pain is a great adjuster.
With the low-level pain from the cancer plus the gastritis I am now suffering, I am having to treat my body with more respect. Pain has a great way of helping one rationalise what is necessary and what isn’t: whose expectations I will have to dash and whose I will meet.
It also helps overcome Â the guilt feelings of turning people away!