Continuing With Life While Battling Ovarian Cancer

Take Time to Have Fun

Hearing the diagnosis that you have ovarian cancer puts life in perspective quickly for many women. This can mean that past regrets tend to become very small and new priorities start to surface. Although none of us (with or without cancer) are guaranteed to see another day, when you are battling ovarian cancer, it can cause you to truly live each day to the fullest. You may find yourself cherishing even the simplest of things, such as watching a sunset or sewing a button on your child's shirt. Things that normally are taken for granted become significant when you are battling cancer.
You may also find joy in your previously mundane daily schedule, including getting up and cooking, cleaning, going to work, and grocery shopping. Your time now becomes highly focused on who you want to spend time with, what brings you happiness, and what you want to avoid wasting your time on.
You may find yourself using this time to try new things -- things that you have never done before but have always wanted to try. Fun things! Silly things! Try something just for fun, not necessarily because you feel like you have to do it. If you've always wanted to take a pottery class or learn to play the piano -- anything that you think might be fun -- now is the time to do it. With that said, however, be cautious not to wear yourself out. You still need to rest and take care of yourself.

Looking Ahead

Before your diagnosis, you may have had plans of taking up photography or traveling someday after you retired. These dreams and goals do not disappear just because you have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Keep looking ahead and set goals.
Even if it's just goals you set for yourself for next week, keep looking forward. Use the time you have now to research where you'd like to travel to, for instance. Looking forward to things in the future helps you to get through the hard times of today.
Although it's natural to have to deal with the possibility that your life may be shortened when you hear the diagnosis of ovarian cancer, it does not mean that your life is over today. However, this diagnosis does help you consider how you want to live the rest of your life, whether that means for a few weeks, months, or years. Don't let your cancer diagnosis threaten your overall enjoyment of life -- embrace the days and moments you have.
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