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Patient perspective: Mindfulness

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Leukaemia Care, Charity

  • yoga Medium

I have had Leukaemia for nearly seven years now. My anniversary diagnosis date is due: 28th January, 3 days before my son’s 10th birthday. It’s difficult for me as I know the date is nearly upon me. It makes me think more about what I have, and when and how I was told. So, at this particular time, I do find it hard.

However, I try to be positive, as I always have done. I don’t attend classes of any kind and I never have. I like to listen to music that makes me happy and takes my mind off things. Also, I always count myself lucky I have two children. Unfortunately, I cannot have any more as I’ve been sterilised (due to the high risk), and there are times where I do say "why me" or "why can’t I have any more children". But then I look around me and say, “I am very lucky. I have 2 children. They are healthy, happy and complete my life.”

I always show them affection with lots of hugs and that keeps me positive. I also deep breathe in complete silence. Sometimes I think about the bad things that have happened, and no doubt still yet to come. But then I think of the memories I have made, and will make, with my family. I enjoy doing things with family. It keeps your mind occupied and you appreciate life more. I could have lost my daughter as I was diagnosed whilst pregnant, but I didn’t and she’s perfectly healthy.

Here’s another happy thought: don’t let negativity get in the way. When I was first diagnosed, my brain couldn’t take it. It was too much and I nearly exploded. I was thinking I was going to die and never see my kids. However, nearly seven years on I am still here, fighting it, doing things I can do, doing things that make me happy and creating new memories.

Life is very precious, that’s what I tell myself. I do a lot of talking to myself about the good and the bad. I like to help and talk about my cancer as well; to make people understand. So, I would say try positive thoughts, deep breathing, having and making memories and plans - things to look forward to. Don’t sit there and let it beat you.

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