After a month or so of pity parties, I realized I had to find a way to get on with my life. Whatever time I had, it would be a tragedy to waste it.
Ways to distract myself from my leukemia
I still worry at times. I’d have to have the IQ of a peanut to not worry. But here are some things I do to divert my attention away from my leukemia:
Okay, I just gotta say, grandkids are God’s best invention. You get a second chance to do all the things you wish you’d done for your children. Best of all you can send them home when you get tired of them! Truthfully though, grandchildren are my favorite distraction.
I’m a movie-holic. Movies, for me, are a two hour escape into another world. I like the Marvel superhero movies and old classics like Casablanca, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, and It’s a Wonderful Life. And, I confess, I’m a Trekkie. I’m also a TV series binge-watcher on Netflix.
I like to read. Well, I actually listen to audio books. Books, like movies, are a great escape.
It seems like writing is taking up more of my time these days. In addition to writing posts for Blood-Cancer.com, I write a personal blog at meandleuk.com, and I’m trying to finish a book. Unfortunately, I’ve been trying to finish that book for a couple years now. I think I’m on draft 11 (sigh).
I play, or at least try to play, the drums. I bought my poor wife expensive headphones so she can watch Netflix in peace. It seems living with a drummer is a challenge for her. My goal is to get back into a band. I don’t know if that will actually happen. It depends on my health and, more importantly, if anyone wants a drummer who keeps lousy time.
I love to sail, only problem is a tree fell on my sailboat. She was a beautiful 25 foot, full keel Lancer. I had her stored at our house for the winter and a wind storm decided to take her out. I recently got a power boat. If you know anything about sailing you know changing to a power boat is the equivalent of going to the dark side. But it was free, so what the hey.
Okay, I don’t actually like this one but I’m told it’s good for me. (They say the same thing about vegetables–yuck.)
How do you distract yourself?
What do you do to get your mind off your health issues? I’d love to hear from you in the comments section below.
What type of blood cancer are you or your loved one diagnosed with?