During my first remission I began work on After Cancer, a book to help patients understand and respond in healthy ways to the medical, practical and emotional challenges of recovery and long-term survivorship. The subtitle was Your Guide Back to Normal.
But as I struggled with my own aftereffects and then recurrences, I realized my original approach wasn't going to work well for me.
"A" Guide -- and not "the" guide -- because each patient forges his or her own unique path through recovery.
"New normal" because striving to reclaim your "old normal" is an exercise in defeat for patients like me, who must integrate unwanted changes and losses into everyday life if we hope to find happiness. Even if you can enjoy a complete physical recovery, facing your mortality can change your perception of the world -- and thus change your priorities, relationships and hopes.
Recently I responded to a call for authors of The Red Room "to blog about self-reinvention. [W]hat deeper transformative goals are on our members' agendas this year."
I submitted "The New Me," a 467-word post now featured on their site that offers insights and tips, such as "[P]aradoxically, I encourage you to let go of the old you and hold onto it... you may need to remember who you were while reinventing yourself."
To read post, click here. Enjoy!