Today people will have 4-5 different careers in their working lives; I'm having all of mine at the same time!
I'm a cancer survivor. You might think, "Well that's great", but actually it isn't - or rather it wasn't. Because so many more people do survive today, it is now being recognised that 'surviving survival' is almost as big a challenge as surviving the disease. The life you had before cancer has gone forever so how do you go about getting on with your life, when you don't even know what that means?
I finally got from my BC life to my AC life (before and after) by attending a support group that dealt with the emotional and psychological fall-out after diagnosis and treatment. However, before I could get to my new life I had to wade through a swamp of grief, anger, fear, loss and a whole lot of other 'sucky' stuff before I eventually got through to the other side and back onto dry land.
That truly awful time lasted about a year after my treatment had finished and I was waved off by my medical team.However, since then I've gone on to study and qualify as a counsellor; I’ve become a civil marriage celebrant; I’ve written and published a book about my cancer journey and beyond, plus a short fiction book; and I’m a motivational speaker.
One of the things that got me through the darkest times was writing. I'd always written as a teenager but stopped for various reasons and it was rediscovering my creativity that eventually got me motivated and restored my self-confidence.I wrote a lot of poetry during my personal annus horribilius then enrolled in some creative writing courses and eventually a novel writing course.The novel is still a work in progress but I’ll get there!
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