As we all sit in our homes, isolated away from our normal day-to-day activities and peeps, to the cancer world, this is nothing new or unexpected. Us cancer survivors and patients know first-hand about homebound isolation and staying away from people. We know about having to leave our day to day activities to allow for treatments, appointments, tests, resting, healing or just doing nothing but breathe. We know what it is like to have our entire life come to a halting stop. We know what it’s like to be sitting within our walls, watching from the inside. We know the ideas of confinement and withdrawals. We know the long-lived anticipation to return to normal, oh, yes, normal, a normal that many never get back to….we know all too well.
We know what it’s like wearing masks all while eyeing people from afar. We know all too well the varied
types of masks from soft to scratchy to those that ride eye high. We know the concept of the many varieties of handkerchief uses; from an up-do hair wrap to a much-needed mask. We know all too well. We know what it’s like to avoid physical contact with other human beings. We know all too well seeing our loved ones and friends thru screens aglow or old school ear volume of a phone, the time away while we are getting infusions, treatments. We know the value of protecting our own immune system whilst protecting others from us due to our strong chemos and treatments. We know the constant use of hand sanitizers, disinfecting wipes and the constant hand washing, reminders that become necessity for survival and prevention. We know all too well. We know all too well of letting others do our grocery shopping and errands, yes, we do know well, relying on others to do our tasks with earned patience and availability.
What we don’t understand is the fact of the entire world being shut down along with us. We are used to sitting, watching the entire world continue on while we are at a stop; our longing desires to fit in and get a move on with our lives escalates beyond comprehension but merely down to reality. This virus pandemic has brought the world to join us at our ‘level’. We are all sitting within our home walls, stopped, more like ripped, from our day-to-day activities. We are all experiencing the effects of social distancing, home isolation, cut-off from the world. We are all living the life of masks; a wide variety of many creative styles, shapes and materials. We are all connected, however, with the use of social media and the internet. We are all in this with shortage or complete lack of high demand supplies, missed or delayed doctors’ appointments, promotions, solo birthday parties, job loss; we are all in this together getting creative ideas to help pass the time, digging deep within ourselves, completing those to-do home projects, possibly even beginning new ones. We are all in this together with missed graduations and cancelled vacations. (Hats off to all Seniors 2020!) We are all in this together, together as one unit all while gloomy that you had to be there with us.
In the mean time, what are us cancer survivors to do? Confusion is stirring about with correctivness that many are terrified to even think to leave their front door. Do this, do that, don’t do this or that. It is all confusing and frustrating! Here is a small list of tips to help you keep safe:
We are all in this together and we will endure, we will keep strong, we will fight, and we will press on.