Friday, June 29, 2012

Fortune Cookie Wisdom

The other day Nick and I went to one of our favorite Chinese food restaurants. At the end of the meal we were given two fortune cookies. Usually the advice is not too memorable and the lucky numbers only lucky if you actually play them. But after reading the fortunes we got this time I thought how applicable they are to a survivor's life- worrying about a recurrence, scans and CA-125 results and what changes caused by cancer will happen next .

"A day of worry is more exhausting than a week of work."
I admit I worry a lot . About my health, and my kids and grandson but I don't think I ever thought of it as exhausting. But you know it really is. When I worry I seem to be more tired. So I think this fortune is pretty accurate. So the next time I start worrying about something I can do nothing about I will try to find some other work to do like practicing with my dog Amber, painting or working in the gardening. They might not be exhausting work but much more productive than worrying.

"Change is not merely necessary to life. It is life." 
How true. If my life didn't change because of cancer I am sure it would have changed for some other reason. It might have changed for a good reason or something even worse than a cancer diagnosis - and yes I can think of things that would be worse.

I am not happy to be a cancer survivor. I didn't like loosing my hair or feeling fatigued. And I still don't enjoy having numb and painful toes but I am here enjoying my family and friends and the world around me and that is all that matters.

Have you any fortune cookie advice you would like to share?

Every Day is a Blessing!


Catheine said...

We’ve been talking about anxiety on our forum at Facing Cancer Together – so your first fortune cookie reading is quite relevant to that. Isn’t it amazing how exhausting the fear and worries can be in our lives? If we can work away from this, that’s a very good thing.

Anonymous said...


I got a fortune cookie while I was in treatment that read (I kid you not)"Eat more carrots and you won't get cancer." Almost wet my knickers!