After I finished my Master’s degree during the first half of my chemotherapy, I had a lot of time to think. I was out of work on short-term disability and spent my days just trying to keep a level head. Chemotherapy had effectively forced me into menopause and polluted my brain. I felt like a crazy person, and my mood swings were enough to give someone whiplash. I was deteriorating physically and this inevitably led to a decrease in my already lagging positive outlook.
I consider myself a very strong person. I refused to accept the fact that I needed help outside of “my circle”. After all, I had the best *cheerleaders* in the world: friends, family, co-workers – and sometimes – absolute strangers. What I failed to see through all of it was that my entire support system was going through my cancer with me. When I got diagnosed, they too were emotionally diagnosed with cancer.
Honestly, the thought of support groups makes me cringe. For some people, this works – for me, not an option. I absorb energy around me quickly and all I could picture was a circle of broken people, sobbing incessantly about the cards they had been dealt. Plus, I already felt like a burden to my own support system. I couldn’t fathom the thought of subjecting people I didn’t know – who had problems of their own, some in worse shape – to what I felt. I knew support groups were off the list, so what else could I do?
I never heard the term “new normal” until I sought individual counseling at the Sari Center. This was for me. This was something I could do without feeling humility. This was something I could do not only for myself, but for the people around me. The Sari Center is an awesome organization, located off PGA Blvd and I-95 in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. They offer the following low or no-cost services to patients, but also accommodate caregivers:
- Massage Therapy
- Lymphedema Treatment
- Healing Touch
- Group Classes
- Support Groups
I am extremely thankful that I made that call to Corinne, the Executive Director at the Sari Center. Why don’t you give her a call today for yourself, or someone you know, that is looking for their “new normal”? The phone number is (561) 578-5900. Shy, uncertain, or stubborn like this military-minded girl? You can visit their website at www.saricenter.org for their calendar of events and more information. They are a nonprofit organization and welcome donations, too.