• ~Name 3 things you have changed since being diagnosed~

    Asked by GregP_WN on Saturday, November 15, 2014

    ~Name 3 things you have changed since being diagnosed~

    My 3
    1. Quit working weekends
    2. Get Family together on EVERY holiday
    3. Try to do more things in the "what ever we want to do" category

    24 Answers from the Community

    24 answers
    • LadyLion's Avatar

      I don't fret about the small things.......and try to make more people smile than I did before.

      over 5 years ago
    • IronMom45's Avatar

      1: forced to quit working. 2: be happy with a slower life. 3: wear head gear lol on that last answer.

      over 5 years ago
    • Lillyzz's Avatar

      1. Working part time now
      2. I'm living in the moment
      3. I stopped being in a rush all the time

      over 5 years ago
    • Ejourneys' Avatar

      1. Joined a local, chemical-free farmer's market
      2. Cut myself a lot more slack
      3. Gave up yard work, at least during active treatment

      over 5 years ago
    • GENMAR47's Avatar

      1. Retired from work. 2. Changed attitude from I can do it myself to I will take the help. 3. Got more proactive in my healthcare.

      over 5 years ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar

      1. Got to quit my job. This is the first time since i was a kid that i didn't have at least one job.
      2. Enjoy life a whole lot more.
      3. Appreciate friends and family more.

      over 5 years ago
    • Phoenix76's Avatar

      1. Determined to live a healthier lifestyle from here on in.
      2. I'm more proactive about speaking up for myself, asking questions, asserting what I think I need to do to be happy.
      3. Slowing down & enjoying life more - trying to use all of my senses more - like noticing scents or being more aware of how my body feels (balanced, relaxed, etc.).

      over 5 years ago
    • spdsgrl's Avatar

      1. That people genuinely are good and kind and that I have made an impact on others (which is a wonderful gift)
      2. That I have to make a greater effort to give comfort and support to others.
      3. To make sure that the people I love know that I love them by telling them as often as possible (other then my husband and kids, before cancer I wasn't really able to do that) and showing them in any way that I can. My whole family (who show love and do love, but don't really say it) has all begun telling each other that they love them. It is one gift that cancer gave us all.
      4. Just for fun...I'm much skinnier now. ;-)

      over 5 years ago
    • Bug's Avatar

      I exercise regularly, notice and appreciate my blessings more, and cut myself a little more slack.

      over 5 years ago
    • meyati's Avatar

      #1-I can't bake. The cancer site on my face goes insane with heat. I don't exactly cook either. I used to make Danish and Austrian pastries, gingerbread houses, fancy breads.
      #2- I'm saving money up for my funeral.
      #3- I really don't give a tinker's darn. I was told that my remission would be short-there isn't anything else they can do. The only thing I'm planing on is to visit my bro in Japan in April.
      other than mop a floor, walk and love the hounds, do the poop patrol, eat-sleep- what else is there to do? Maybe it's because I now have good doctors, I won the fight with the Navy, my son seems to be doing well, that I'm sort of in limbo. Who knows?

      over 5 years ago
    • Sandie's Avatar

      1. I've learned to appreciate my family and friends more, and realize that each day is precious being with them.
      2. I've started preparing my will, which I have put off for years and preparing to see the funeral director for my arrangements, so my girls will not be bothered with that when the time comes. Although I am in remission, and have been once before....life has no guarantees, whether it be cancer, heart attack, car accident, or whatever...I just don't want them bothered with this. It will be hard enough on them as it is.
      3. Last but not least...I'm content with my life....more at ease with myself. Although I have been through alot with my cancer, as all of us have been, I make each day, when I can, seem like my first....We can not change things......so I have accepted it...I don't feel sorry for myself anymore, and I am enjoying life.

      over 5 years ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar

      1. I have become not only become an amateur dietitician but a gourmet cook.
      2. I have learned to sleep sitting up. ( a skill that only those who have had an esophagectomy need)
      3. I have sharpened my skill at forgiving others. I was working on that skill before cancer but I think that I only mastered it after cancer

      over 5 years ago
    • Sunneegal's Avatar

      I have indulged myself, if it is something I can afford, I get it. Am planning a trip to Italy that I would not have spent the money for prior to my diagnosis.
      Have always done my best to live a life of gratitude and that continues. I look at some special possessions that I plan to give to special people rather than having them lost. There is no anger, just an acceptance and appreciation for living everyday ...... interestingly, at this point, I am somewhat surprisingly mellow.

      over 5 years ago
    • jhale17's Avatar

      Adjusted my life to deal with treatment side effects

      No longer sweat the small things

      Fully live and enjoy the present

      over 5 years ago
    • Kathy1's Avatar

      I eat healthier. I try to handle stress better by eliminating those things that automatically cause it and spend more time with family and close friends.

      over 5 years ago
    • melanomamama's Avatar

      1. I fulfilled Sunneegal's dream of Italy. After my stage IV diagnosis, I went there to language school (in both Lucca and in Florence) to learn Italian! It worked well enough, that I could enjoy traveling solo in that country without missing the train or missing a meal or a good night's rest! I fulfilled my own dream of steeping myself in Renaissance art. I had a folding, three legged cane/stool that I used in the Uffizi gallery in Florence to perch in front of a Botticelli as long as I wanted, until I cried at its beauty. Why, in my sixties with a terminal diagnosis, go to the trouble of learning a new language? For the sheer fun of it, and the intensity of focusing on a delightful new project. I was with all young people in the language school, and it was great for me to bounce around Italy with them like a backpacking student.

      2. I look death in the eye, and seldom do I blink.

      3. Many days I fight against energy loss and lack of motivation to get up and go.

      Constance Emerson Crooker

      over 5 years ago
    • Sunneegal's Avatar

      Thanks for sharing that......Wow! You just absorbed so much in your visit....I love your philosophy. Sending positive energy and affection to you.
      Marion aka Sunneegal.

      over 5 years ago
    • Sunneegal's Avatar

      I was hesitant to share this because it is a personal decision but thought perhaps it might be something others might consider. I've looked into donating my body to medical science and have chosen Research for Life (in California). Will save my kids both money and hassle. I looked at other medical research venues like USC and UCLA medical schools and they all had conditions which Research for Life does not. A friend's son is a medical student and said they really value these donations.

      over 5 years ago
    • meyati's Avatar

      New Mexico has too many bodies donated. They turn down people with interesting heart and cancer conditions.

      over 5 years ago
    • HeidiJo's Avatar

      1. Don't sweat the small things
      2. Don't put things off, do fun things more often
      3. Ignore the dust bunnies under the bed.

      over 5 years ago
    • Hussy's Avatar

      Since my husband's diagnosis...
      1. ...this Type A had had to accept that I cannot control everything.
      2. I have a much better appreciation for the love and support that can come from others. We are not alone. I've learned that friends, family, coworkers and acquaintances want to help--and have, enormously, more than I ever expected.
      3. I try to find the beauty in everyday life, each day.

      over 5 years ago
    • Tank's Avatar

      Three things for me has changed
      1. Me
      2. Outlook
      3. Everyday

      over 5 years ago
    • Susieblue's Avatar

      Enjoy EVERY day
      Hug my husband more and tell him how much I appreciate him
      Stay busy by knitting, sewing, or reading

      over 5 years ago
    • Fusionera's Avatar

      1) I no longer have tolerance for BS or for toxic people in my life.

      2) I can no longer work, and I prefer to fill my time with meaningful projects and spending time with the people I love.

      3) My mobility has decreased, and I've had to adjust my expectations of myself. I no longer feel guilty if I'm just not up to a task.

      over 5 years ago

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