Positive thinking is what is keeping me going too. Thinking of all the things I can do rather than those I can't. Tring to keep a sense of the ridiculous even though it really isn't funny. Especially in the middle of the night stuck on my back like a stranded beetle lying on my drain bottles and the cat insisting on walking all over my numb side, going @@@***damn@@blast and laughing at how ridiculous I sound swearing to myself. Not able to lift my ipad to read my e- library book, well I downloaded it on my iphone instead and propped it up on the cat!
The disappointment at having to have further surgery a few months down the line and only a week in from this one - oh well, hope work keep paying me sickpay and if they don't...hopefully we will have a summer and I can loll about in the sun instead of racing up and down the motorway at silly o clock.
I am doing a meditation everytime I get pain or feel sad, it is a Kriya yoga breathing exercise my yoga teacher friend taught me 'I am not my body, I am not even my mind'. All will be well, this too will pass - and I just smile at those well meaning people who tell me how lucky I am, they have no idea unless they have walked in our shoes - but out of charity, they mean well all the same so I let it go. Welcome to the human race.
And then it's back to @@@damn**blast and feeling sorry for myself until the next time...
I've found positive thinking and visualisation of great benefit. I think one of the most frightening things about diagnosis is that feeling of lack of control. I am an ex Psychology teacher and in my initial panic I disregarded everything that I'd ever learned about the power of the mind. Oddly, a programme on Derren Brown on television brought me back to my senses as he shows what amazing things can be done. I strongly believe that our own mind can really cure - think of the placebo effect. Before my lumpectomy and primary lymph node removal I used this technique every day and am convinced that my subsequent results (clear around the lumpectomy & nothing in the lymph node) were because of this. Additionally, although not a religious person, I prayed to St Winifred of Holywell - a saint near me who performs miracles (it's surprising how suddenly we clutch at religion when really scared!) My sister had been to St Winifred's Well some years ago & found that her knee was miraculously cured & the problem never returned. I was unable to get to the Well, but prayed anyway and again I'm certain that St Winifred heard and assisted. This also calmed me when I was in a blind panic. So, I'd advise positive thinking and whatever else you believe - along with the medical treatment, of course!