As I recall details of my cancer and share them with others, I often joke and laugh at different parts of my experience. Cancer is a tough battle and being a cancer survivor can cause you to have life-long side effects that may be tough as well so it is important to keep a light heart. I try not to be too serious or take things too much to heart because life can be tough enough when we face challenges. For this reason, when I share some insight into my personal cancer journey, I might poke fun at myself or at something that happened to lighten the tension on people’s faces as I speak. For example, some time ago, I was talking about the different side effects I endured such as loss of hair. I had a shiny bald head, and partial loss of hair on my eyebrows, eyelids, arms, arm pits and legs. Of course, I tried wearing wigs, unfortunately it didn’t work out. Honestly, the problem was me and not the wigs. Now, as I reflect back, knowing the ongoing side effects that I still face today, I ask myself why couldn’t the loss of hair on my arm pits and legs be part of them. It would be nice to not have to shave or wax. Back then my legs looked like I had gotten laser hair removal and now not so much. Life is hard for everyone, as a woman I can’t catch a break. On the other hand, I wonder would a lingering loss of hair as a side effect mean loss of hair on my head and no eyebrows. Huh, on second thought perhaps, I am okay with not having hair loss as a life-long side effect. I am better off how things worked out, I can’t stand wigs, no, no. Although, I do rock a scarf, if I don’t say so myself.
Don’t take life so seriously all the time. I use jokes as my outlet and it’s my way of keeping it light. Everybody is different so find what works for you.