Things are Looking Up

I truly feel empowered by the amount of love and understanding that I am receiving from my family and good friends as a result of blogging my true thoughts and emotions. I am so uplifted by all the love and support coming my way.

love26gratitudelogo2.jpg?format=500wAfter facing my fears and shedding many tears, there is plenty to be grateful for and inspired about. My fearless friend is strong as an ox. She makes me laugh and my time with her is wonderful. Although she had a very rough week, the treatment is working. She is optimistic and so am I. The-Correlation-Between-Fitness-and-Happiness

While still depressed, I am confident I am on the road to recovering from it. With the incredible help of my family and friends, plus tons of resources, all will be well.

IMG_5839Some days everything looks bleak. But life is full of surprises. I am not alone. It’s time to throw away the pity party and look towards the future. I refuse to let everything drag me down when I have so much love and support that I can count on.

And don’t worry. There is still plenty to write and complain about. But today I am going to live in the moment. I will continue to remind myself to approach each day with ease and joy. Sometimes it’s easier said then done but I will keep on trying.

21 Comments on “Things are Looking Up”

  1. Lori February 17, 2014 at 9:17 pm #

    The power of sharing in community in remarkable, isn’t it? Go easy on yourself and give things time. XOX


    • Susan February 17, 2014 at 9:51 pm #

      Yes Lori, the power of sharing in community is remarkable. I love the way you describe it. I am really trying to go easy on myself. Thank you. You have a lot on your plate too. Hugs and xoxo – Susan


  2. kymlucas February 17, 2014 at 10:11 pm #

    Hang in there, Susan. Just take it day by day, hour by hour, even minute by minute, and you’ll get through.


    • Susan February 19, 2014 at 9:56 pm #

      Kym, I am talking this day by day. Thank you so much for your support!


      • kymlucas February 19, 2014 at 11:21 pm #

        I think sometimes it helps just to hear an encouraging word.


  3. helensamia February 17, 2014 at 11:19 pm #

    It is amazing how when you open up and tell the truth of how you feel the support pours in… We all have a tendency to say we are ok when often we are not… So glad you are feeling empowered, I hope this continues with the love of family, friends and the ever important blogging community ..


    • Susan February 19, 2014 at 10:04 pm #

      Helen I am so moved by all the support pouring in. I was so afraid to write the truth and now I know it’s ok. What a wonderful community.


      • helensamia February 19, 2014 at 10:33 pm #

        This community has made a huge difference to my life in the past year.. Hugs to you ❤


  4. bethgainer February 18, 2014 at 1:12 am #

    Susan, I’m glad the tide is turning somewhat. Give yourself time to feel sad. I used to keep a gratitude journal, for there is so much to be grateful for amidst the bleak days. That could help. This online community cares for each other like no other.


    • Susan February 19, 2014 at 10:08 pm #

      Beth I love the idea of a gratitude journal and started one thanks to your suggestion. I also know that this is a process and I have to take it one step at a time. Thank you so much for your kind words. I also know that it’s ok to be sad even though I prefer to be upbeat. Thanks so much for your support. xoxo


  5. karen sutherland February 18, 2014 at 4:17 am #

    dear Susan,

    having been on the receiving end of our wonderful, generous, and compassionate community, I know how uplifting and empowering it is. you do so much for so many of us, and now it’s your turn to feel the love and concern and encouragement of so many of us who feel so deeply for what you are going through. ease and joy is a lovely way to enter the day. but if at times you need to cry or vent or question or reach out, no worries – we’re right here for you.

    much love and light,

    Karen xoxo


    • Susan February 20, 2014 at 5:51 pm #

      Karen, you moved me to tears – good tears- I thank you so much for uplifting me. This is such a special community and I feel like there are so many others that have some very heavy things going on right now. I need to be thankful for so much. Thank you for being so gracious and helping me see light. This will pass. You are a gem. Sending back love and light to you. Hugs and xoxo – Susan


  6. vtashman February 18, 2014 at 4:46 am #

    So happy you’re happy!


  7. Marie February 23, 2014 at 2:09 am #

    Hang on in there x


    • Susan February 25, 2014 at 12:17 am #

      I am hanging on tight. I continue to be motivated to climb out of my depression and am looking forward to your chapter about it. Thank you Marie for all that you do especially uniting this community. You are a powerfully positive influence to so many of us. xozo


  8. Audrey February 23, 2014 at 9:04 am #

    I’m sorry that depression has affected you too. I finally conceded to mine last year and have made a steady recovery since. It takes time and as others have said lots of being kind to yourself. I think it’s so much part of the cancer expereince, in fact when I was diagnosed a second time it was the following depression I feared as much as anything. I have found mindfulness meditation helpful but we all have to find our own path. Go well and trust you will feel better, because you will. Love Audrey


    • Susan February 23, 2014 at 5:44 pm #

      I also was diagnosed a second time and it does add to depression. I am taking this one step at a time and trying to keep pressure on myself off, especially when I know that I am down. I think it does go with the cancer experience and it’s so interesting that I used to tell my friend to be kind to herself…now I have to listen to that advice for me. So glad that you made a steady recovery and I am on the way too. Thanks Audrey. Sending you love back – Susan


  9. myeyesareuphere February 24, 2014 at 12:42 am #

    Susan, I’ve had depression twice in my life and it totally sucks! I’m so sorry that you are dealing with this but I can tell you as a psychologist, you are in very good company. I am glad to hear that you are working toward recovery. Health of all kinds is worth fighting for.


    • Susan February 25, 2014 at 12:08 am #

      What a treasure discovering your blog, My Eyes are Up Here, and getting to know more about you. It’s heartwarming to find a psychologist, mother of a 14 year old daughter and wife who has had six breast surgeries. helping me climb out of my hole of depression. Health is always worth fighting for, especially when it comes to depression.


      • myeyesareuphere February 25, 2014 at 3:22 am #

        Oh thanks so much for visiting my blog and I am so happy to have warmed your heart! I wish you continued lifting of your depression.



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