Posts Tagged ‘cancer’

I was going to write a list of positives and negatives about being ill, but the negatives make grim reading, so in the spirit of positive thinking – because we all know that cures cancer – I’ll stick to the good ones:

1. My mum ironing my pants for me – she’s amazing, she irons everything! Pants aside, when you’re feeling lousy it’s nice having people to ferry you to appointments, look after you and cheer you up. My family & friends are pretty good at that.

2. Chicken soup. It’s so clichéd but on a bad day last week, my mum made chicken soup. Like the pants, it worked.

3. An appreciation and lust for life that I never had before. I was too busy. I want to live, it’s quite simple.

4. You get lots of presents & flowers. I’ve been on the receiving end of some pretty staggering acts of kindness recently. Folk have even offered me the hair from their head. People are good.

5. You get to jump to the front of most queues. Typical conversation:

Receptionist: “sorry we have nothing for the next week or so”

Me: “I have cancer”

Receptionist: ” Ok are you free now? We’ve had a cancellation”

Result! I call it ‘The Cancer gold-card’.

6. Catching up on all those box sets/films I’ve been meaning to watch. Bring on The Wire, Boardwalk Empire, Band of Brothers & Breaking Bad!

7. Indulging in some new hobbies. On my list so far:

-relearn the guitar. Previously I got to about 3 chords but never progressed beyond sore fingers

-improve my knitting skills beyond objects made of squares

-do some sewing just for fun as opposed to hard cash. That would be a novelty.

8. Having time to do some life admin. Investigate new filing systems, do some emotional housework & sort out that E-bay pile.

9. Taking a break from vanity. I’ll have to get used to looking at a very different me in a few months time. Apart from anything I’m going to save money on hair products.

10. Time out from life to simply contemplate and reflect. I’ve not had much time for that recently so I’m looking forward to whole year of daydreaming.

11. A late addition: listening to the Archers every day. I can’t tell you the names of any of the characters but, like beards, strangely reassuring.