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Devils Lake Journal - Devils Lake, ND
  • Lessons From Cancer: Life is easier one moment at a time

  • It is deadline time again, and again I’m against the clock. And there is so much to think about that this short piece today may help me reflect on the myriad topics that anyone who is dealing with major illness or adversity must face. Because that in itself is so mind-boggling to comprehend, it might be best to go back to the basics of what is really most important now and derive some comfort there.

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  • It is deadline time again, and again I’m against the clock. And there is so much to think about that this short piece today may help me reflect on the myriad topics that anyone who is dealing with major illness or adversity must face. Because that in itself is so mind-boggling to comprehend, it might be best to go back to the basics of what is really most important now and derive some comfort there.
    As I’ve said many times before, in addition to needing continued new reminders, staying in the moment is the key to holding it all together. Because this whole journey is so overwhelming for me, a little bit at a time is necessary. No matter if it’s cancer spreading, coping with each new fear, helping family and friends get through this with me, little chunks of time, will make it more doable instead of trying to see the whole picture at once. 
    Maybe that’s the No. 1 Lesson from Cancer. It’s the one that is most useful to me, the one that allows me to realize that there is some hope with my prognosis and the one that allows me to reflect a on the possibility of it actually occurring.
    Just this week, I started working with another energy healer and will be spending more time on guided visualization, mediation and shifting my energy from fear to faith on a more consistent level. And I need to keep myself surrounded with positive people who also believe that anything is possible. All I need to do is put one foot in front of the other, one moment at a time, because if I don’t, guaranteed I can easily fall into the abyss and I’d much rather be in the light.
    So I hope this reminder to me and you let us move forward and stay in our moments, one at a time.
    Joyce Rothman of Massachusetts, a nurse for 40 years, was diagnosed with lung and pancreatic cancer in July 2010. Since then, she has been writing about her diagnosis, her treatment and her outlook on the process, in hopes of helping others. Follow her journey at http://makingsenseofitall.joycerothman.com.

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