I surrounded myself with positive people. I have a good friend who is a kvetch and a Debbie-downer, always complaining about her situation. I didn't want to hear about it. I screened my phone calls and would let the answering machine pick up. Then, I'd write her an email thanking her for her phone call and letting her know I was resting. I'd update her on my progress and let her know I'd be in touch soon. There were other people who I also minimized my interaction with due to their negative attitudes.
I'm not a self-centered person at all; however, this was one time in my life that it was about me and my well-being. I lived life a bit more on the edge in the sense that if I wanted to be a little more carefree, so be it. If I wanted to have ice cream for breakfast, fine. I did things that made me, and those I love, happy. I didn't want cancer to affect my life or the lives of my loved ones anymore than it already had. I had my tough days, but all my other days were back to life as much as normal.
I was the queen of positivity. I always knew I was an optimistic person, but I never knew I had such inner strength and positivity. I wish I could teach it to others, but it was just something that kicked in at the right time and I'm XXX proud of it!