Learning to take it easy is probably one of the hardest things I’ve had to do in this cancer battle. I’m super active, always doing things or out at places so the slow down part is hard.
With the mastectomy recovery, the output of the drains would tell me if I did too much. It’s a little harder to know now if I’m doing too much but certain movements that go too far, let me know pretty quickly to pull back and take it easy.
Yesterday my patience was tested when the kids all walked to the park. Our family friend kept an eye on the three who stayed on the playground while I hung out with Chase while he shot baskets.
I so wanted to shoot hoops with him. Basketball was my favorite sport and I still love and miss the game. I also wanted to pass him the ball. Or dribble. Or play one-on-one with him but I knew I can’t do any of those things right now and that’s ok. It’s all just temporary.
I still had fun with the kids outside even though he was very hot and humid into the evening hours. (So much for the rain and storms that were forecasted!) And that’s what matters most. Not what I can’t do, but what I can do. There’s still ways for me to play and hang out with the kids. I might be very limited but that’s just temporary and it’s what it took to remove the cancer.
So I learned quickly to be patient. In a few months I may be able to shoot hoops again, just not right now. I better be ready in a few months…I gotta keep up my pop a shot skills for the arcade!
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