I have realized that I've been caught in a whirlwind of negativity. It's easy to lose yourself in the bad things. For some reason, they weigh so much more than the good things. Why do we do this? Why do we tend to focus on only what is bad in our lives, when there is so much to be thankful for?
An amazing thing about the U of M Health System is that they believe you must treat the mind, body, and spirit when going through something like chemotherapy. When I was in-patient at the hospital, I had multiple people coming in my room every day with crafts such as coloring books or jewelry kits, and there were even people who gave me tips about how to "heal my spirit."
Among their suggestions was to keep a journal solely for the things that make me happy every day. They suggested finding one good thing every day that makes me smile or brightened my day, and to keep it in a specific journal just for the good things. This is something that people should do every day even if they aren't going through treatment. You don't even have to keep a journal, just simply thinking about something you're thankful for can change your mindset so much.
Yes, cancer sucks. And it's something that sometimes drowns out all of the good things in my life. It's healthy to acknowledge my frustrations, but I am not going to let cancer put everything I'm thankful for in a huge, dark shadow.
Some things that make me thankful every single day are...
1. I attend the most awesome university in the world
2. I have the most amazing support system of friends and family that I could ask for
3. My puppy is freaking adorable and brings me so much joy
This doesn't even begin to cover all the great things about my life. When I stop to think about them, it makes such a difference.