10 Things I’m Learning from Cancer

  1. See people, don’t just look at them. Seeing implies that you are present and you are listening. Everyone is going through something, and we really need each other. Life is crazy. Let’s support and love each other.
  2. Do what makes you happy. People have been telling me that I look great and surprisingly, I think it’s because for the first time, I’m focusing on things that make me happy, and I’m really enjoying what I’m doing in the moment. I’m practicing gratitude too, and I’m learning that happiness and gratitude go hand in hand.
  3. Take good care of yourself. Health is more than what you put into your body. Health also has to do with your mind. Simple things like sleeping, eating, and drinking water are so important. Be aware of the things that have become routine for you and strive to be present in these moments when you are nourishing and replenishing your body.
  4. Make every effort to train your mind. Inner peace is liberating and it comes only when you silence the voices in your head and begin to become aware of what’s going on in your mind. Racing thoughts, surging emotions, fluctuating feelings … they are all passing. So before you freak out, acknowledge what the mind is doing and make a choice. We must learn to give attention to what matters and let go of everything else that doesn’t serve us in the moment. I’ve been seeing a therapist for five years now, and it’s one of the best decisions I’ve made to better myself. I encourage everyone to put their mental health first and let go of taboos about therapy. You have the capacity to be so strong.
  5. Stop being so hard on yourself. Seriously, just stop. Yes, this is coming from someone who has habitually been very hard on herself, and I’m done. We all make mistakes, and life is about how we REACT to our mistakes. I’m going to strive to be a better reactor, a better communicator, a better person instead of a better negative self-talker.
  6. Take vacations – frequently. I never take vacations, and this is so silly. I plan on taking mini-vacations every month now! We are becoming a culture of workaholics, dependent on the ever-changing technological advances. I want to disconnect. Go outside. Shut off my electronic devices. Recharging is so important for the body and the mind. I’m not going to feel bad about it!
  7. Follow your instincts. There is validity in what your gut is telling you. You just have to pay attention and not be afraid. However, don’t forget #4 about training the mind. You have to learn how to distinguish between instincts and thoughts/emotions. We don’t want to be over-thinkers, we want to be intuitive to what the body is telling us at a cellular level. I think we can come to this intuition by taking care of our bodies so get to know yours!
  8. Tell people what they mean to you. Don’t wait for something traumatic to happen to let someone know just how special they are to you. We need to be delivering more kindness and gratitude every single day – not just when life is threatened. If you think about it, we are all dying and our days are not limitless. So stop waiting.
  9. Eliminate toxic energies. Whether this energy comes from things or people, pay attention to what and who you surround yourself with. The best people/things don’t need to say or do anything to show their worth – they just are. It’s that simple. If you find that you are searching to rationalize something or someone in your life, consider a change.
  10. Have courage in the face of adversity. Whatever scares you the most is the thing to chase. This is how you will grow and although in the beginning you may feel all sorts of negativity and hopelessness, I PROMISE there is joy and beauty and light on the other side. When I was first diagnosed with cancer, I had no idea how I was going to persevere and every single day I can feel myself being transformed. There is something new and beautiful that I am chasing and it’s beyond anything I could have imagined. Be okay with the unseen and the unknown. Just keep moving. Keep going. Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up.

6 thoughts on “10 Things I’m Learning from Cancer”

  1. Past present future you have always been an amazing unique individual. I’m so glad the cancer is shrinking from the chemo treatments. God is good. God is great. God bless us all.

  2. What great news your 10 things are oh so right. Living in the present from a place of inner peace is the key to good health. Thanks for sharing your journey. We are here for you

  3. Items 3,4,5,6 and 7 usually come with maturity and the experience that the university of life teaches and sometimes it takes decades to learn. I thank God for you, your wisdom and attitude towards life and the way you have chosen to handle situations handed to you. Thank you, mi guapa, for your blog and your willingness to share with us your journey that has become part of my journey. You’re in my thoughts and prayers ALWAYS! God bless you! Feliz Navidad!

  4. Such inspiration! I will continue to pray for your complete healing. Merry Christmas and the greatest of blessings in 2017.

  5. Wonderful words to share. If you get the opportunity , Google up “Masaru Emoto: Message from Water” Fascinating study on how our direct thoughts can affect the molecular structure of water.
    Love and Gratitude, Pass it On.

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