Happy October! Since it is the first of the month… Y’all know what time it is! NEW PLAYLIST TIME! Fall is finally here and I am totally excited! As always, my music reflects my mood and well let’s just say it has been a rollercoaster of […]
Happy September! Since it is the first of the month… Y’all know what time it is! NEW PLAYLIST TIME! Yes I know… I think I might be more excited than y’all but I truly love searching for new music every month to share with everyone. With everything going on with Harvey (the hurricane that hit Texas) and the crazy weather here on the east coast, this month’s playlist is a bit “moody” for a lack of better words. Basically I am all over the place but I hope you still like some of the songs!
And as usual, we will have a song of the month and this months playlist. Be sure to check them out below & have a listen!
SONG OF THE MONTH
So a friend actually told me about this song and as soon as I listened to it for the first time I was in awe. Demi Lovato tore it down with this track. Her goals are seriously amazing. Make sure you turn it all the way up when you listen… trust me on that!
Just a reminder though, you can check me out on Spotify & see all of the new playlists each month that I have put together and see all the artists & music I follow. You can see that here: Kerri Dice on Spotify. Or you can see all of my posts about music here: Music with Kerri Dice. I am also putting together a 2017 playlist which is a compilation of all the songs from every month. Check it out here: 2017 Playlist
Thanks again for listening y’all! If you have any suggestions or a song you think I need to listen to, leave a comment below! I would love to hear it and hopefully add it to the next playlist!
On this day 2 years ago I was sitting in a hospital room surrounded by my family, doctors and nurses. I honestly don’t even remember half of what was said because as soon as the doctor told me “It is cancer,” everything around me stopped. It literally stopped. The world wasn’t rotating anymore. The birds stopped chirping. Everything just froze. My whole life was flipped upside down and I didn’t know what to do. This is something that you don’t really get to prepare for so when the doctor told me what he did, I didn’t know what to say. I honestly can’t really remember what happened next but I do remember the day nurse I had was holding my hand and I just thought to myself that I needed to be strong. I needed to be strong for her. I needed to be strong for my family. I needed to be strong for myself. At that point I don’t think I even cried. Which is saying a lot because I seriously cry over anything. I am crying right now as I am reliving what had happened.
But before I go on, let me stop for a minute and tell you why I am telling you this story and why I am writing this post. I honestly do not like like talking about this subject very much. It is hard for me to admit that I had cancer. Yes, I said had. On December 16, 2015, my oncologist told me I was cancer free. But it is still a hard thing for me to admit. Although I felt that I did need to tell this story, not only for me but for those who have also been affected by this horrible disease. So I thought I would turn this horrible experience into talking about the great things I have learned from being diagnosed with cancer.
You can never be fully prepared for cancer. No matter how you prepare yourself or your support system, it is a difficult. But I did find some things that helped me make it a bit easier. From early morning appointments to get blood drawn to 4+ hour chemotherapy appointments, it can be hard on your and your support system.
So here are some things that I have learned since being diagnosed with cancer…
You are not alone.
I honestly felt like I was alone a couple times but then I sat there and thought of the amazing support system I had with me the every step of the way. Not only do you have your support system, but there are also people across the world going through something similar to you. When I was a going through treatment, my father was also battling his cancer struggles as well. Even though our treatment plans were completely different, we had different cancers and different doctors, we were still in it together. We both never talked much about it but we knew that we weren’t alone. And you don’t have to be alone either.
Accept your feelings.
You are going to be feeling a lot during this time. Like literally a lot. You will feel anger, sadness, happiness, strength, eagerness, irritation, annoyed, discouraged, skeptical and lost. You will want to just dismiss these feelings but I found that if you accept them & embrace them, then you will feel so much better in the long run.
When you are going through something like this, you are going to encounter many different obstacles. You are also going to have to make a lot of decisions. So before you do anything, make sure you ask enough questions. (refer to the next tip below for more)
Always have someone with you.
It is easy to feel like you want to. do this alone. I thought about it at some point too but it so much easier on you and your support system if you have someone with you. One thing I learned early on was that I always had someone with me at all time. Whether I was going to treatment, meeting with a doctor or staying overnight in the hospital, I always had someone with me. Like I mentioned earlier, you might get news or information that doesn’t set well. There were couple times where I froze or missed what the doctors were saying because of shock. But since I always had someone from my support team, they were there for backup.
Find your team.
I was very lucky to have the team & support system that I had. My whole family took turns staying with me, they were there for every appointment or treatment and helped me keep track of all the information. Your support system isn’t just your family and friends. This includes your medical team as well. I went through 3 different gynecologist’s before talking with my oncologist and deciding with him what would be best for me and my condition. Make sure your team is right for you.
Always remember to take a deep breath.
This is a simple one but also a very important one. When you are about to start treatment or going to meet with a doctor, take a deep breath. It will get you in the right mindset and clear your head before anything.
Take advantage of the free services.
I did all my treatment through Duke Cancer Center and one of the best things that they offered were all the free services. They had yoga services, therapy and so many more that they offered to the patients & family. These classes are great and you should totally take advantage of them, I know I did!
It’s your decision.
Lastly, I think the best advice that I got from my family was that it was my decision. Whether I had to decide what treatment or what I was eating that day. It was my decision. I had my support system to help me come to a decision but ultimately, it was my own decision.
If you would like to hear the rest of my story, leave a comment below. I was thinking about putting together a post but I just haven’t yet but if anyone would like hear it, I would be happy to write it up.
Thank you again for coming along this journey with me. I hope that this helps you or your loved one get through their diagnosis with cancer.
Y’all know what time it is! NEW PLAYLIST TIME! Yes I know… I think I might be more excited than y’all but I truly love searching for new music every month to share with everyone. With summer coming to an end, I wanted to come […]
I am a big believer in essential oils. I love all the different ways that you can use them. I have been using them on the regular for about 2 years now and I must say that I am hooked. If I have any issue from a headache to a stain on the carpet, I go to my essential oils.
Now essential oils have been around a lot longer than most realize. Many different cultures have been using them for thousands of years for medicinal and heath purposes. Essential oils can be uses for aromatherapy, household cleaning products, personal beauty care and natural medicine treatments.
One of the main reasons I love essential oils so much is because they act as natural medicine without any side effects. They are also a great alternative to any harsh cleaning product.
My Favorite Essential Oils
- Lavender | This is probably my favorite & most used essential oil. It is great for reducing anxiety and stress & also helps with getting a sound sleep at night. If I am every stressed or having a hard time sleeping, I dap a bit of lavender on my chest (so I can smell it easily) or put some on a cotton swab and keep it near you.
- Frankincense | When I was diagnosed with cancer, this was the #1 essential oil for my diagnosis. It is also great to diffuse when meditating or praying.
- Peppermint | Peppermint essential oil is not only great when baking (Homemade Peppermint Patties) but also great when you have a headache and want a quick, natural fix.
- Lemon | Lemon is probably my favorite essential oil when converting cleaning products. As an all-purpose cleaner, I mix lemon, tea tree oil & warm water, and it cleans almost every surface.
- Tea Tree | To freshen up a smelly trash can, put a cotton ball with two drops each of lemon oil and tea tree oil at the bottom of the trashcan to help decrease the odor and detoxify. It is great for bathrooms & kitchens and gives a clean smell.
- Eucalyptus | Whenever I have a cold or any sinus problem, I constantly use this essential oil. Eucalyptus oil is known for its powerful ability to fight coughs and open airways. Add a few drops into steaming hot water or diffuser. Inhale to help clear nasal passage. I also add a drop of eucalyptus to coconut oil and rub on my chest for congestion – it is basically homemade vapor rub!
- Cinnamon | If you have crazy cravings like I do, I love cinnamon for this reason. I usually inhale peppermint and cinnamon oil to reduce your appetite and balance blood sugar.
My Favorite Brands
Thank you so much for reading this post. For more tips like this one, check out my Lifestyle page! I have plenty of other lifestyle tips like this one there.
DISCLAIMER: I am not a doctor nor am I in the medical field. This information is not intended for medical advice. Please take caution when using anything for your health and consult your physician if you have any questions.
Welcome back my fellow music lovers! I am a little behind this month on my new playlist but I have been completely distracted by my new books for book club! Yes I know… NERD ALERT! But anyways… we have some really good songs this month. […]