“Optimism is a happiness magnet. If you stay positive, good things and good people will

be drawn to you.”

Mary Lou Retton

Having an optimistic outlook is a powerful emotion that provides great coping skills in times of stress.  Having a more positive outlook on life doesn’t stop difficult times and/or situations, BUT it does assist in recovering sooner.

This was especially true for me in my recovery from my bout of breast cancer and the subsequent treatment that was provided to me during this time.  I know that at times it was difficult and scary, however having the positive mindset helped me bounce back.  I kept a journal over this period and have recently started reading through my notes.  Trusting the team I had around me, despite being COVID restrictions, was a real bonus.  Not only the professionals, but my family and friends who kept my spirits up (and my belly full).  Their support at times was overwhelming for someone who likes to be the helper, but I knew it was also really needed at the time.  Just thinking back to those moments still brings tears of joy to my eyes.  Whether it was a bag of oranges or a visit from an old colleague from up the road.  Each gesture and hug were really appreciated and still are.

I had decided that I needed to be on this earth to watch my family and celebrate their special events for a much longer period of time.

Looking back three years ago, around this time I was ready to begin the last stage of treatment and was travelling to Geelong to attend the radiation.  Thankfully, we now have a radiation centre locally and this is really beneficial for those whose radiation can be completely locally.  I was fortunate that my friends kindly opened their home to me and were very supportive at this time.  Such a gift can never be repaid.

As a write this blog our family is celebrating a special event and I look forward to continuing watching a couple on their journey.