Waves of Life

(Talk about the ups and downs in life after cancer)

Waves of Life

Is really the best way to describe the emotional and physical roller coaster you go through after cancer.

From the highs of being optimistic about what life has in store and what the future will bring us, to the lows of being reminded of the side effects of treatment.

As survivors, we are reminded daily about our experience.

The little nuances we come across remind us of all the good and bad.

It’s all one big experience!

We live in a time where instant gratification and expectation has warped the wave. Seeing more anger within the wave has me question decisions where I want to spent my energy.

Who I want to be around,

The activities I want to be involved with.

And lately, where I want to live. Ive lived in the same town for 42 years.

That’s a long time!

The motivation to rebuild…

after cancer has morphed into many different goals and ideas of what it means to be alive. Helping others through this crazy journey ranks right up there towards the top.

Everything I’ve learned, the skills Ive been acquired can take me any where in the world.

What’s the best way to ride the wave?

Three parts to riding the wave of life.

1. Be mentally prepared for what life throws at you!

By reclaiming a huge chunk of my time wasted through social media, I’m able to read and write about things that are important to me. I don’t feel so quick to judge and assume that instant gratification will be best for me.

With all the anger in the world, I find it best to keep my opinion to myself and observe the reactions of others. Things happen quick so keep your answers short and sweet if asked.

It is perfectly ok to not know the answer!

2.It is said that Patience is a virtue!

That saying is absolutely correct. Everyone is so quick to judge, assume and blame based off feelings from instant information that we’ve lost sight in how outcomes might truly end up.

Maybe I’m just old school, but seeing how fast information is exchanged is frightening. And how easy decisions are made based of feelings is asinine.

3. Be Kind

We sure don’t see that any more these days. Our culture thrives off the pain and anguish of other people. Then throw on top the addictive need for acceptance and validation. It’s this melting pot of bullshit!

I truly believe there will be a small group of truly happy people that have removed them selves from the instant information world where they have found the best way to enjoy their wave and I believe us cancer survivors are on that path now!


About the Author

Todd Franzen is a Stage 4 Lymphoma Survivor. Living in Breckenridge Colorado

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