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Make It a Goal

It's 2023 and it’s going to be a better year.

If you’re reading this, you probably have blood cancer. That doesn’t mean you can’t make 2023 fun and exciting. There will be bad days of course, that is true cancer or not. Even if you are going through a rough time presently, you will have good days. Make those days the best days they can be. I believe keeping a positive attitude helps and definitely doesn’t hurt.

Resolve to have fun in the New Year

Many people make goals and resolutions for the new year. Let’s try and make this year as fun and exciting as we can. Along with all those resolutions we make, let’s make this year a year we fulfill one of our dreams.

Last year, with all the scare from Covid, I decided to retire. It was a good decision for me. I should have worked a couple of more years, but it was time. One of the things cancer did was to let me know I have an expiration date. Covid really hammered that in.

Before my times comes, I want to be able to experience life without the stress of a job. For once I made a decision that was good for me without thinking about the monetary fallout. Yes, I will be living on a fixed income and it won’t be nearly what I had been making, but with planning, I can do it. Life is short and since none of us know how short it will be, I took a chance. So far it has been paying off!

Sometimes you need to take a chance

What I’ve learned so far is, sometimes you just have to take a chance. I’m glad I did because it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. My husband, who also retired, and I are traveling around the country in our RV. We have gotten to do and see a lot of things we’ve never done before. We have also met a lot of really nice people.

Luckily, we are part of a group that allows campers to park inexpensively and, while we can’t do really expensive things, that’s a price we don’t mind paying to live the dream we’ve had since we met. It’s been worth it. For now, I’m living for today and will worry about tomorrow, tomorrow. Our goal for this year is to find a place to stay over the winter and then go back home during the summer months to see our family.

Cancer will not get in the way

In May we will be back home. Both my husband and I have doctor’s appointments and other matters to tend to. My oncologist wants me to be part of a study and who knows what that will lead to. All I know is, I will cross that bridge when I come to it. For now, cancer will not get in the way of my life. That may not always be true, but it is for now.

I hope all of us on this site get to fulfill and enjoy one goal for this coming year. Cancer takes a big chunk of our lives, but let’s take the time to enjoy ourselves in spite of cancer. Live one of your dreams and do something you’ve always wanted. Be kind to yourselves and try and have days that are cancer free. That’s another goal I have for myself.

This one will be hard, because cancer is, and will always be part of my life now, but I don’t want it to take more than it has to. So this is a goal I will work on and plan to accomplish this year. So far I’m making it happen and I love it. I wish that for all of you. Have a wonderful new year!

Wishing you all health and happiness in 2023 and beyond!

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