So that photo above is a gratitude jar. It’s a simple thing to make and it’s something I am sharing with all of you because there are good days and bad when dealing with breast cancer or being a survivor, and we also need to take a minute to be thankful once in a while and mindful of life’s blessings.
The thing about this jar is totally simple: you find your jar, tied up with a pretty piece of ribbon or label it and when the spirit moves you, on a little piece of paper jot down something you are grateful for, thankful for, happy about, an accomplishment, a milestone, something cool that happened in your life, appreciation of nature,something you found funny, and so on and add it to your jar. And at the end of the year, as in December 31, open the jar with your friends and family and share the year’s worth of notes.
We all have things that we can be thankful for, and grateful for. If we are alive and kicking to talk about our breast cancer or other cancers for that matter, that should be number one on the list. Life is a gift and it’s easy to forget that when you’re in the middle of treatment or frustrated with health insurance companies or how people don’t get how you’re feeling.
I know plenty of people who live with metastatic breast cancer, I find them totally amazing. So many of them are among the most positive, inspirational, and forward thinking people I’ve ever met. When I am feeling breast cancer survivor bitchy I think of them. They have to actively manage the disease constantly and I am lucky and at this stage am cancer free.
We as survivors as a totality are often a strange bunch, and I have said before it’s like belonging to a sorority that nobody wants to be in but you’re in it. Sometimes people get us, sometimes they don’t.
Some people are very positive and others are very negative about breast cancer. I have a hard time with those who are very negative. I can’t be around them quite honestly. I know it’s hard to be positive some days, but I really can’t deal with the full on negative. In that vein, I also have a hard time going to funerals of people who have died from cancer that I know, especially breast cancer . It sounds really selfish but sometimes I just can’t do it, I can’t go to the funeral.
So that’s why thought I would post about the gratitude jar here too. It’s such a simple thing, and why not? We have nothing to lose by trying to remind ourselves of the value of life and everything to gain.
I can’t believe it’s 2015, but here we are! I wish all of you out there a happy and healthy year! Stay positive as it makes all the difference when you’re fighting this disease!