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C is for cope

Updated: Oct 13

Dear purple butterflies,


As you'll recall earlier this month I wrote Waiting For An Answer, the reversible procedure, and that it will hopefully help with my pain level. Last week when I spoke with my doctor's nurse, I got a definite date for it. I will have it next Tuesday, June 2nd. I got my wish that I would not have to wait that long! I am thrilled to have this opportunity! On the flip side, I couldn't look you in the eye and tell you there is part of me that isn't a bit nervous. I was the same way a year ago before my gallbladder surgery. To prepare for June 2nd, I have to stop certain medications which may cause my pain level to spike. Thankfully, I figured out a way to cope with said pain and the fact that I will be in bed.

We will all encounter things in our lives that are not always within our control. It's a

fact of life that you can either run from it or do something about it. It took a long time, but I have found my way to cope when such occurrences happen. Coping could be something simple: comfort food, your favorite blanket, or finding it in laughter. I love to laugh and be silly! Here is one of the best quotes from Robin Williams.



The problem back I had in the past was I had difficulties laughing at my situation. I'm not exactly sure what changed. I just got tired of the depression. One day I began started laughing at the humorous side of what I was going through. I recall the expressions of my family and friends when this occurred. They were momentarily confused, but it didn't take them long to see my point of view. I can tell you with the utmost certainty that they are relieved I am laughing instead of crying. When someone asks me about my affection for comedy, this is my typical response. I would rather laugh about it then sit, worry, and cry. I have learned that it doesn't accomplish anything worth my time anymore. I will keep everyone updated on how I am doing next week. I will be in bed for the better part of a month, recouping. I know what comedies I'll be watching when I'm not busy writing!

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Till next time butterflies and be well!

Rachel

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