During my healing journey through cancer, my doctors, both western and functional, told me I needed to slow down and let my body heal. I struggled with what slowing down meant. I spent numerous hours with my therapist on how to do that.
While having radiation treatments, my functional doctor told me to pick one thing a week, and that is all I was allowed to do. I made it through the radiation, took it “easy” for about 4 months, and then picked up the pace again to what was comfortable for me. The next year when I started on immunotherapy, it totally zapped my energy. I had about an hour, two at the most, first thing in the morning where I had energy to do basic home chores, walk the dog, and feel alive. Then for the rest of the day I was down, lounging on the couch. Wanting to do things, but not having the energy to do it. I told my oncologist that if this was life, I wasn’t interested. To me, life is about living, doing, enjoying. He put me on a prescription drug which helped the energy level, but brought out an anger that I had never seen within myself. I was able to maintain the energy level after recognizing that the price of the drug was anger, and I chose to go off of it.
Since that time, I do, I go, I am always looking for something to occupy myself. Sometimes it is work, sometimes it is being involved with a webinar or class, sometimes it is just hanging in my air chair – listening to the jungle birds. Sometimes it is working on a project like writing my book. Sometimes it is cooking and sharing food with others. As I evolve and grow into the person that I am meant to be, I am starting to realize that for me, my happy pace, is to stay active. Sometimes I get so busy that I have trouble keeping up with me!
I recently had the privilege of attending a workshop, a day retreat, where I got to do some deep dives into what makes me tick, what my story is regarding my life. As I have been struggling with trying to do too much, I asked the facilitator how to work on slowing down. Her response to me was “Everyone sets our own pace.” I love that!! She also went on to say that for my age I should be grateful for having the energy and desire to do all the things I do. Many people my age just sit around on the couch all day. I really love that! I love life, I love helping others, I love being active. That is my pace. Living my best life ever means doing anything and everything I want to do. If some things fall off my plate, that is how it is. As long as I am pono and let people who are involved with me know that I can’t make it to whatever was planned, in a timely manner, all is good.