Recently, my mom was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer. She is relatively young and healthy, so it really knocked the whole family off our feet. Having lost my dad to cancer in 2008 at the age of 51, I wasn’t prepared to face this again so soon, and decided to leave my job as an addictions counselor until we had a better idea of my mom’s prognosis and timelines because I knew I wouldn’t be able to do my job the way it should be done with this much inner turmoil.
The sentiment for the first few weeks was “let’s just do today”. It didn’t feel like I could think a day, a week, definitely not a month ahead. And because I always turn to creative pursuits for my self-care, I decided to break out my digital cutting machine to make a vinyl mug with those words on it.
It’s so important to keep these things in mind, especially in the tough days.