• What is your favorite excape/respite/pasttime from your illness - this is for everyone!

    Asked by AlizaMLS on Sunday, March 17, 2013

    What is your favorite excape/respite/pasttime from your illness - this is for everyone!

    When you try to escape (mentally and/or physically) from your illness, what do you enjoy doing? Anything from billiards to white water rafting to crocheting to listening to music (what kind (be as specific and descriptive as you can - let us experience it through you vicariously!...;). (I'll let someone else start)

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    • Kathy's Avatar

      I am a big Donny and Marie Osmond fan and I have really enjoyed Marie's talk show on the Hallmark station. I've also enjoyed my iPhone - playing solitaire and the drawing game and words with friends. I also enjoy crosstitching. These do not require a lot of energy and have helped me through my most challenging times. I also pray a lot and day the rosary. It will be fun to see others responses. Good question.

      over 4 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      I enjoy doing a lot of things, but I do them because I enjoy doing them, not because I am trying to escape my illness or anything else.

      over 4 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      My top two are woodworking and riding my motorcycle. Both give me "quiet time".

      over 4 years ago
    • SpunkyS's Avatar

      When I was still going through chemo and had low energy it was reading, online crossword puzzles that had immedicate answers (like USA today), quiet time to just muse or pray and going for a ride to enjoy Lake Michigan - the other side of town. I didn't have enough attention span to watch movies.
      Now it is exercise ( - did I just write that?), reading, and socializing.

      over 4 years ago
    • reginak's Avatar

      Spending quality time zoning out with my cat, mostly reading, often just reflecting on how things have changed and how they will continue to change for the better.

      over 4 years ago
    • alivenwell's Avatar

      Humor. I have caused one rather serious patient to laugh until she had tears streaming down her face.

      over 4 years ago
    • Cindy's Avatar

      I did lots of crocheting when I was going through chemo. I made lots of chemo caps for myself and hats I sold at the Relay for Life for a fundraiser.

      over 4 years ago
    • attypatty's Avatar

      As much as I hate to admit it - TV! It was all I could do in the late afternoon and early evening to sit on the couch and watch television. I got caught up in Downton Abbey, Touch, Game of Thrones, Once Upon a Time and Grimm. Pure escapism, but really, didn't I have good reason to want to escape? My personal problems paled in comparison to the goings-on in those shows.
      Fight On,

      over 4 years ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar

      During chemo, I did a lot of sudoku. Zoned out in front of the tv. Cuddled w/my lap cat. Napped. Right now napping sounds good, but that's because I have a cold. First one since I was diagnosed.

      over 4 years ago
    • derbygirl's Avatar

      I'm a huge horse racing fan so I spend a lot of time watching races on TV and online. When I'm not watching racing, I read James Patterson books or I crochet. To get away, I go to my favorite place, Ocean City MD. Since I love horses, I love to walk around Assateague Island with the wild ponies. They are so beautiful and it's so peaceful just sitting on the beach looking out at the ocean.

      over 4 years ago
    • Lirasgirl33's Avatar

      Listening to music by far my #1. Didn't matter where I was. I listened to music while waiting for doc appointments, at the hospital (after surgery), in the chemo infusion room, while laying in the radiation machine thingy, at night to help me fall asleep, at the beach, camping, wherever. My #2 was getting out of the house, as soon as the treatment side effects subsided. I loved to go to the beach, festivals, the park, holiday events, visit friends and family, camping, anywhere. :) Just be busy LIVING. :) But then again, both of these were my favorites even prior to my cancer diagnosis. :)

      over 4 years ago
    • SMT4's Avatar

      I love to play golf, though my game has literally taken a hit since treatment I love to walk the course in the early mornings and just hit the little white ball down those green fairways. To be honest sometimes I end up in the trees and sand. But nothing in the world beats an early morning golf game with gods little creatures out there like deer, and gophers. I just love the freedom of walking the course and smelling the grass and trees taking their morning breath.

      over 4 years ago
    • grampam's Avatar

      I have been just puttering around the house, doing loads of laundry(my hubby carries out the basket,)you know the regular stuff. This last week, since I had an infection I haven't had much energy, so I have been reading the "Sookie Stackhouse", series, what a hoot! And napping a lot.

      over 4 years ago
    • ElizaM's Avatar

      Spending whatever time I had energy for with my son's wonderful two dogs who love me up in ways no human can. Also spending time in the garden and sitting on the lawn pulling weeds - great meditation and feeling of nurturing some tiny portion of the planet, making it more serene and beautiful. Watched loads of comedies since laughter is a great healer - Big Bang Theory, Mike and Molly, etc. Usually I hate sit coms but these are a couple of the ones I just have to laugh at.

      over 4 years ago

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