Today I went back to Physical Therapy for the first time since my trip back East. It felt good to have the massage and I also got to talk to her about some of my lymphedema questions. She is an amazing therapist and one with not only great knowledge but great compassion. Something that I think some Health Care professionals struggle at having. Since my trip, I noticed that the lymphedema has gone further down my arm and that is a concern. I was gone only 2 weeks and I was diligent in doing my massages and wearing my arm wrap but...to no avail. I am discouraged because how long will it take me to find out about the lymphedema draining suit that I am trying to get, so I can do the therapy in my home each day instead of going to the hospital. It has been almost 6 months since we first applied to get it, then we were rejected last month and now we are trying to appeal that. TIME....maybe for them (the insurance company) it hasn't been very long, but to the survivor suffering from this...the TIME seems to be lasting forever. I can't just not worry about it, it won't go away and if not managed it can get worse. It is not like my lymph nodes will ever grow back. I think this is part of the stuff that survivors have to worry about on a daily basis, doesn't really seem fair but ...it is life with cancer.
The good news today was that I got to spend time with Jeff, he had the day off and so we just spent the whole day together. That was TIME well spent and one that seems to heal me.
I loved this poem on TIME, we all have the same amount, but some days it seems less or more than others...depending on what is going on in your life and in your heart. It was just a great reminder to me to remember this check list and see how I am spending my TIME each day!
So thanks for all the TIME you have shared with me in my life. Good night!
Take time to think. Thoughts are the source of power.
Take time to play. Play is the secret of perpetual youth.
Take time to read. Reading is the fountain of wisdom.
Take time to pray. Prayer can be a rock of strength in time of need.
Take time to love. Loving is what makes living worthwhile.
Take time to be friendly. Friendships give life a delicious flavor.
Take time to laugh. Laughter is the music of the soul.
Take time to give. Sharing brings joy to your heart.
Take time to work. Work is the price of success.
Take time to dream. Dreams show you what is possible.
Take time to do your work well. Pride in your work nourishes the mind and the spirit.
Take time to show appreciation. It’s the frosting on the cake of life.
"TIME IS FREE, BUT IT'S PRICELESS. YOU CAN'T OWN IT, BUT YOU CAN USE IT. YOU CAN'T KEEP IT, BUT YOU CAN SPEND IT. ONCE YOU'VE LOST IT YOU CAN NEVER GET IT BACK." ~Harvey MacKay
"DON'T COUNT EVERY HOUR IN THE DAY, MAKE EVERY HOUR IN THE DAY COUNT"
"TIME IS TOO SLOW FOR THOSE WHO WAIT, TOO SWIFT FOR THOSE WHO FEAR, TOO LONG FOR THOSE WHO GRIEVE, TOO SHORT FOR THOSE WHO REJOICE, BUT FOR THOSE WHO LOVE, TIME IS ETERNITY." ~ Henry Van Dyke