When I became a chronic illness patient after my diagnosis, it took me a while to realize I was part of the „spoonie community“. I found out that such diseases rarely come alone. Most of the patients seem to have a whole catalogue of afflictions. I don’t. I have CLL and my immune system does not really deserve its name, but that’s it. However, once you are a spoonie, chronic health issues seem to pop up everywhere.
No matter if you have a partner or you don’t, if you have children or you don’t, if you are surrounded by many friends or just a few – the battle against chronic disease and terminal illness will have to be fought alone mostly. Like Sisyphus, you are rolling your burden up the hill, but have to watch it going down again. And just like Sisyphus, you can find happiness…
Do you know the saying that bad news travel fast? Well, so does chronic disease. Once you are diagnosed, you are constantly aware of symptoms and their influence on your life. And within shortly, you have to adapt to a completely new lifestyle. I try to beat my cancer by being faster. As long as I am strong enough, I want to be one step ahead.
I wondered whether I would have to change my diet after being having been diagnosed with leukemia, but my doctors (seriously!) told me not to mind. After a while, when I realized that my health condition was slowly deteriorating, I searched the internet for cancer diets and ended up with the Budwig Protocol.
You know these forms you get when you see a new doctor. The ones, where you are asked whether you are pregnant, addicted, suicidal or whether you have any other serious disease. Until recently, the mention of my asthma and pregnancies were not alarming to any of my practitioners. Cancer is. Suddenly, specialists don’t seem to be in charge anymore and an endless journey of referrals begins.
Human beings have been given a free will. Once you are diagnosed with cancer, your ability to choose remains – however, your options in life are significantly reduced. Amongst many others, two major aspects will be concerned: your relationship and your job. Is it necessary to settle in an unhappy marriage and safer to compromise? Should cancer warriors stay or go?