A Personal Note.

I’ve been away for a while, I would like to explain why…

Two years ago my dad was diagnosed with terminal cancer and passed away shortly after being hospitalised. Last year, at the end of August, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. My cancer was descovered during the first stages of the illness. Everything went well, but I’ve spent this year trying to cope with the side effects of the treatments, like pain in my arms and mood swings. I haven’t been too passive about my situation, in fact, since I was diagnosed i’ve decide to improve my life by changing diet and trying to understand the underlyning causes of the illness. I ‘ve realised that important parts of my life were stuck and I needed to sort things out in order to get better.
Changing my mindsets had a lot to do with the healing process.

The present.
I AM STRONG!
I AM HEALTHY!
I AM GRATEFUL!
I am strong because even though I know I am strong, sometimes it’s just easy to forget.
I am healthy because if I set my mind to it, I know I am going to be fine, no matter what.
I am grateful because I am here and I have learnt so much from this experience.
This is what I say to myself every morning and, believe it or not, the pain has really decreased.
Cancer is scary, illness is scary. But we have a choice. We can decide to feel sick, afraid and miserable or we can act upon those areas of our life that can be improved in order to get better. It’s ok to feel scared and sad from time to time, it happened to me several times, but it’s just a moment and it will pass. Focusing on the present moment is crucial, you need all the energies you have to get through this process.

I usually don’t like talking so much about my personal life, but sharing personal experiences might help other people in similar situations. I am still working on the process, but the treatments don’t effect me that much anymore. I feel much more in control.

I’ve also started a new project.

Please feel free to comment and share your stories, if you like. Or you can write me at foodfulife@gmail.com.

With love XX

Serena

 

27 thoughts on “A Personal Note.

  1. Thank you for sharing your story, I’m sorry for what you have been going through, but I’m glad to read that you are doing well. I hope that you continue to be strong, healthy and grateful, and keep the positivity that pours out of your post x x wishing you well x

  2. Serena, praying to God that he be by your side and walk you through this process victorious. Stay strong my dear friend and Thank you for sharing your story. Wishing you all the very best with your new project 🙂

  3. Dear Serena, our honest, warmest wishes for a great recovery and a healthy, happy present AND future. It was very sad news, but thank God you’re fighting back like you said and you see the positive, the optimistic view of things, which is the right way to deal with tough situations. Stay healthy and stay strong dear, our thoughts and prayers are really with you.
    Hugs from both of us,
    Mirella and Panos

      1. I am just kidding! You know Ronit, genoese people are known as one of the grumpiest people in Italy! 🙂 I guess it’s in our DNA 😀 We also have a word for it (in dialect) it’s called Mugugno..But, as I said, you can still change your mindsets, even in the mugugno land! .:-D ❤

  4. Serena, amazing to hear your story and how your positivity is helping in your healing. Your post is very inspiring. So good to hear you are doing well. I had to read your post twice through to really grasp what you are experiencing and the impact of your positivity has on your healing. I wish you much healing and success in your new project!

  5. Thank you for sharing your story. I am sorry for your loss and the struggles you’ve gone through. May you grow and learn and become stronger from it all!

  6. So glad you are feeling better and coming up with new goals. A great strategy. Keeping busy and thinking positively, as well as modern medicine are great for fighting cancer. I survived stage 4 cancer going on twenty five years and I am still here and dong just fine. And so will you.

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