Celebrate Small Victories

yipee 1Anyone who has had a loved one with cancer understands how stressful the ongoing 3-6 month marks are waiting to hear if the blood work and bone-scans were clear. When those we love have had ongoing health issues and it seems like every time we turn around there is another doctor appointment, medical test or treatment plan it can be hard to find reasons to celebrate. Which means most of life is waiting for the next shoe to drop.

However by doing that we end up focusing on a future negative that may (or may not) happen and miss out on celebrating the small victories such as a bone-scan coming back the same (meaning it showed no change or growth in the cancer which is a GOOD THING). Unfortunately we can miss out on celebrating these small victories because we focus on the “next appointment” 3-6 months ahead.

Sometimes it’s easier to focus on a foreseeable future when those results may say something different in order to not set ourselves up just to be let down when the next set of results come in.

Truth is that day may come but it’s NOT TODAY!!!

Today I am encouraging you to:

  • Be present in the idea that today things are good.
  • Today the cancer hasn’t changed, grown or spread HURRAH!!!
  • In this moment the blood work is showing normal ranges YIPPEE!!!

Stop wasting emotional energy being nervous about an unknown future because you end up robbing yourself and those you love of moments of peace, celebration and appreciation of another day of life, love and family.


About Sue Salach

Sue has a Master's degree in Gerontology and has worked with the elderly and their families for over 30 years and is the Author of "Along Comes Grandpa", a caregiving resource guide, and the novel "If I Walked in Her Shoes". As an ElderCare Expert and Keynote Speaker, Sue employs her comprehensive experience and passion, to educate and promote self-care values to family caregivers and the community at large.
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