By Steve Fillmore
Cancer² – Those were the words I heard in mid-summer of 2013 and again, in 2014. I was diagnosed with testicular cancer initially and later with Stage 2 seminoma. I had to go through three rounds of chemo the second time around. My life was turned upside down both times.
I’d like to share with you what I did to THRIVE through CANCER² twice in TWO² years. The following things I did worked for me. I did use both holistic and allopathic methods for healing and thriving. You can take these tips, actions and apply them to your own life and/or if you are going through your own cancer journey. Of course, consult with your healthcare team before trying anything new.
Know this. The journey through cancer is a personal journey. There will be a lot of outside distractions. Everything from the latest internet cures to people telling you how you should be living. Only you can make the right decisions for yourself. Listen to your heart and intuition.
Attitude² – I can’t say enough about attitude! One must have a positive attitude towards cancer and life. Having a positive outlook and being hopeful was key in helping me get through the days while I was going through chemo. There were many days that I felt like I got hit by a truck and then run over a few more times! I had uncontrollable hiccups for days. I lost all of my hair. I kept my positive attitude up by reading and watching inspirational speakers. What really kept my attitude in check was knowing and seeing children going through chemo as well. It’s all a matter of perspective.
Acceptance² – Boy, this one was tough for me. Having cancer the first time was hard enough; yet getting it again in two years really put my life in a tail spin. I knew, with everything inside of me, that I just needed to accept what was happening in that moment. And when I accepted the fact that I had cancer again, I felt a big relief and I learned to let go.
Support² – For me it was really hard to receive support from others, as I have always been a caretaker for everyone else. And with my job as a flight attendant, I’m in constant “caretaker”, “what can I do for you?” mode. I realized that I didn’t know how to receive. There is a Universal law here that was taking place. The law of give and receive – Yin and Yang. When I allowed others to give to me in their own ways, I felt whole and complete. I knew I needed to allow others to give to me and eventually, I accepted this fully, with love and appreciation.
Diet² and Exercise² – You are what you eat. Stay in motion. Yes, I know it can be hard to eat right and exercise during chemo. But it can be done. My taste buds were gone and on my best days during chemo I felt like 1,000 pounds of dead weight. So, I do know the feeling. Basically, I ate a lot homemade organic soups, veggies and when I started feeling better, I added fresh organic veggie juices. For exercising, I did basic walking either on a treadmill, or outside when I felt up to it.
There’s so much I want to share with you that I can’t fit into this blog post. My best therapy in my journey with cancer has been being able to share my journey publically on social media sites. Through being vulnerable with my experience, I have been able to not only touch many lives, but further heal myself. I’ve been fortunate to have countless people thanking me for sharing my journey so whatever yours may be, surround yourself with love and support and know that you’re never alone.
And although I’ve never met you, know that I love you!
For fun, you can find Steve either teaching a Zumba class, or creating websites for clients.