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Journalling to cope with cancer

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

About 20 years ago, there was a book written called "The Artist's Way." It was a very popular book at the time. It described a method of journalling that i used to use. Basically, the method is to pick a time each day (usually in the morning) to write three pages about anything in a bound journal of some sort. I did that method of journalling for several years, but eventually stopped doing it.

A few weeks after being diagnosed with cancer, I decided to pick up that practice of journalling each morning. I write three pages about my innermost feelings and uncensored as I can possibly make it. Even if I don't feel like I have anything to say, I keep writing until I've written three pages.

It's surprising what comes out.....

I feel like taking up that practice of journalling is one of the kindest, most nurturing, things I've done for myself while on this cancer journey so far....and, trust me, I've done a lot of kind, nurturing things for myself over the past few months. I find journalling to be just what I need right now.

This morning, I happened to stumble across a nice article about journalling and cancer. It's a great article about the benefits of journalling and how to do it that apply whether a person has cancer or not.

I just thought I would share the information.

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    Thank you so much for sharing your ideas with us. I think journaling is an awesome idea and you have inspired me to start. Love and hugs and heaps of positive energy to you!
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    1587 days ago
    I find that sharing my story about my cancer here really helps, and if I find that something I have shared helps someone else dealing with cancer, that really makes my day.

    I also keep a hand written journal; that one really helps me vent the frustrations that I don't usually post online, plus it has a lot of day to day stuff that other people would find boring to read every day.
    1588 days ago
    That's great that it is helping you Kay! I need to get back to my scrapbooking - I find that very therapeutic to deal with stress!
    1588 days ago
    I LOVE that you share such inspiring things my dear Kay. You don't have any idea how helpful you are to others even in the process of your own unfolding. As a blog queen uncensored...I whole heartedly agree that journaling is one of the all time BEST outlets for unlocking tension and emotions that otherwise would keep rattling around in your head.

    By sharing your story you are taking some of the fear of cancer out of the shadows and giving hope to so many. I learn terrific things about the tenacity of the human spirit from your blogs and always did...from the first time I met you.

    Please keep on journaling and sharing your's a wonderful and provocative one and I hope I can read about you and yours for a long, long time!

    The hubs shirks at the information I share online...but I tell him it's my little therapy corner for the world. I've heard from SO many sparklers that are sharing their own house's good to share my story to help theirs...and you my beautiful friend are doing EXACTLY the same thing!

    I love you you BIG! emoticon emoticon Never give up and keep that pretty little chin tilted towards the sun! emoticon
    1589 days ago
    That sounds like a wonderfulw ay to journal! I have a journal, but I just can't seem to keep it up- maybe if I make it a daily thing when I get home, I can get it done. Not sure if it will give me insight...with the way work is going i could see it turning into a all work or play make jack a dull boy written over and over ;)

    1589 days ago
    I did some journaling a long time ago. Maybe I'll pick it up again. Hope that the chemo isn't too bad.

    1589 days ago
    Journalling helps me in the emotional eating area as well.
    1589 days ago
    Writing things down can help your mind to flow. It can also help you realize your priorities and what you're passionate about.
    1589 days ago
    I think it is wonderful you are controlled enough to write in a
    journal.....while I have several lovely journals people have given
    me/or I bought because they were pretty...(laugh here) I hesitate
    to write my innermost thoughts in them....

    Glad that you can, Kay, and happier still that it is a positive thing
    to do for you...
    1589 days ago
    I love my morning pages, they are the perfect place to sort out my thoughts and practice gratitude!
    1589 days ago
    I am glad you took this back up, as it sounds like it's a good thing for you. I am not good at journaling, don't know why, just don't do well with it, but I know lots of people do it and enjoy it. Wishing you all the best.
    1589 days ago
    Journalism is a good idea, you'll be able to see in the future how far you've come when this illness is over with !! I journal my post medical problems just so I keep track of what's going on with me. I have permanent side effects from radiation and chemo that haven't let up in 3 yrs. my feelings are stable which I'm grateful for. Keep up the good work !!
    1589 days ago
    I think that journaling is a great idea.

    1590 days ago
    Journaling is very healing. It opens our mind to new ideas. It allows a deep introspection of our innermost thoughts. emoticon
    1590 days ago
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    I LOVE that book...

    Journaling helps me sooo much...

    wishing you all the best ~ HUGz ~ Deby
    1590 days ago
    Thanks for sharing! What an awesome idea!!
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    1590 days ago
    Wonderful idea!
    1590 days ago
    Great idea!
    1590 days ago
    Thanks for sharing.
    1590 days ago
    Wow 20 years ago... I remember that book coming out. I am doing an art journal more like scrapbooking but can be anything at all. I draw which I am not good at at all but who cares, I stick some of my scrapbooking stuff, put a pic. whatever suits my fancy. I love it.
    Glad you have something that helps and so thankful you are doing so well.
    1590 days ago
    Yes, it's a great tool, for sure. Have a wonderful day, Kay.
    1590 days ago
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