Living As A Cancer Survivor - Winning The Mental Battle

My Scars Tell a Story
By Mark Everett Kelly

Some days It takes all my strength to just get out of bed.

Living with two permanent illnesses in Crohn’s and Lymphedema can be a exhausting battle both physically and mentally.

I don’t believe in sugar coating the truth and doing so would forfeit the purpose of this blog.
The fact is that the mental battle you fight to stay positive and not want to just lay in bed and feel sorry for yourself can be overwhelming.

I would love to tell you that my faith lends me to start each day reading scripture and speaking out against the negativity that could prevent me from doing my part in supporting my family, but I don’t. However, when I discipline myself to start my day in that fashion, it does make a difference.

Side effects of treatment effect everyone in different ways. It is very important that you start a regimen which can help your body heal from the damage done to your body, especially your kidneys and liver. Exercise is also important in getting back whatever weakness your muscles and joints experienced.

Keeping a daily journal is also helpful to understand how your body is feeling everyday post treatment. Doing so will ease your mind concerning the progress you are making along with showing that you are strong enough to overcome the limits that are being placed on your system.

My heart goes out to all those who deal with the never ending mental battles that ensue after treatment. Ultimately, the victory is ours in that we have overcome something that wanted to kill us.

My prayers and thoughts are with you. I pray mercy, health and claim victory over the negative thoughts that can invade your mind as you prepare to start your day.

God Bless

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