Where you been?
Hi everybody – long time no post. Here’s the deal. My life has been not great. Last year I settled into a huge deep giant funk so I did what all smart people in a funk should do, and I went to my doctor.
I was diagnosed with depression and provided with an antidepressant. Life got a little bit better, but not spectacular. I was plugging along, living my life, but I was not living my best life, and worse, I wasn’t doing anything about that.
Talk About a Kick in the Pants
Amazingly, something happened that kicked me in the proverbial buttocks and got me thinking in a more positive manner, and you will never believe what it was. I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I know, how could that make someone think more positively? It’s a honest question, and as you know, I’ve never been one to pull my punches, so I’m going to give you an honest answer. If you want the full breast cancer story, you can read about it in The Breast Cancer Diaries.
So I was due for my mammogram in August, 2022, but the building that houses the place were I go burned down. So I put it off, and put it off, then I kind of got to feeling bad about not getting it done, so I scheduled it. Then I got my 4th covid shot – fun fact, you should not get a mammogram if you have had a vaccination within six weeks. So I had to reschedule.
Reschedule I did and I got it done. Long story short, they found something. There was an ultrasound, and a biopsy and bad news. But they said it was caught early and all that. I know, I know. You’re all probably wondering where the positive thinking comes in. I promise, I’m getting there.
Positive Thinking in Action
According to my surgeon, the mass they found is around 1 centimeter in size. Do you know how small that is? It’s freaking tiny! So tiny in fact that if I had gotten my mammogram done when I was supposed to, they probably wouldn’t have seen anything! There will be surgery, and there will be treatments, but I am lucky. I am so lucky, and that is what snapped me out of my funk. For me, thinking positively involves a lot of finding the good in the bad, and in this little story, there was a lot of good in my bad. That is my positive thinking in action.
What Came of it?
Lots of doctors appointments came of it, and lots of writing. I had put my writing away in my funk, but I’m back to writing and almost finished with my sequel to Think Positive 30: A Journey into Positive Thinking, and I’m super excited about this. I think it’s going to be finished in the next couple of weeks – then comes the editing and all that fun stuff, but it’s progress, and any progress is good progress!
I can’t say how often I’ll be updating here in the next several months, and I can’t promise that the Daily Positive Thought will come out Daily – I’ll have to see how I deal with the stuff that’s coming up. I’m going to try my best but first things first, I have to take care of me.
Hang tight people and get those mammograms – and above all, think positive!