Cancer and Goal-Setting

A young researcher approached me today at the local regional cancer foundation, where I have been participating in cancer-supporting yoga classes. She asked me and another survivor if we would be interested in joining a Walking Group for Cancer Patients to Discuss Goal-Setting. I must say, the other lady was a lot more receptive than I was.

Besides the optimism in organizing a walking group for cancer patients in January (in Ottawa), she seemed genuinely to think she had a good idea with respect to this notion of goal-setting.

Goal-setting? Really? Besides, like, live til next Christmas, I wanted to ask her if we could include things like these:

  • *try to pee straight. No. Seriously. If you've never had chemotherapy before, you might take for granted the ability to urinate in a straight line rather than in random streams under the rim of the toilet seat;
  • *sleep through the night without waking with muscles contracting all over your body; 
  • *have a shower every day;
  • *get dressed some days in something other than yoga pants.

No... now that I have endured two recurrences of ovarian cancer (well, enduring, still, technically -- I am in the midst of the second round of chemotherapy, at this mark of seven years post diagnosis)... well, I realize that I no longer set goals.

I just do stuff. Or don't do stuff. And try to accept both with equal parts equanimity.


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That researcher is obviously NOT a ca survivor, pfffft. You look wonderful though. Everything you do depends on how you feel when you wake up in the morning. And that's ok; we're adults, we do what we want to do. Have a pleasant, peaceful and uneventful holiday.😘👍🏻
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And you too, Marcia.
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Sorry to be so slow on this, wanted to thank you for this wonderful post! My only goal right now is to live One Day At A Time...and "don't let yesterday use up too much of today." HUG
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That was a funny way to put the realities we face each day! I was wondering if you could share the yogic postures you practice, because it is difficult to do the asanas that require standing. All I muster to do are the breathing exercises like bhastrika, kapal-bhati and anulom-vilom besides bhramari and udgeet.
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Vital Info


July 10, 2011

Ontario, Canada

June 15, 1976

Cancer Info

Ovarian Cancer

June 28, 2011

Stage 4

over 6.1

Grade 3


The losses of my future and a good deal of my present.

You are as much about what you don't do as what you do.

You all do it. :)

Complementary therapies of massage, acupuncture, diet, meditation, yoga, tai chi, prayer, and naturopathic medicine.

supraclavicular (aka scalene) lymph nodes, both right and left; pelvic, abdominal lymph nodes; fallopian tube. Brain 2016. Para aortic lymph nodes 2018.

They all want my tissue.

The gift of your presence is especially important.

Seek out all possible solutions.

Accept all the love and support that comes your way and marvel.

November 23, 2011

April 11, 2012

Twice so far.

I found a lump in my neck above my collarbone, and I had been having shortness of breath when speaking and exercising. Also tightness of upper chest when exercising.

TBD, Feb 2016 - Brain

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