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Patience: Accepting That Control Requires Self-Care

Posted on April 16, 2019

"A waiting person is a patient person." - Henri J.M. Nouwen


Argh! Have you ever felt impatient at a red light, or irritated at the end of a long line for your prescription at the pharmacy? You're not alone.

Patience can feel scarce when you don't have control over a situation. It can feel like lymphoma interrupted your life and brought a slew of frustrations at the worst moments. Finding a tiny bit of control can bring us patience later.


Control might look like self-care: a walk around the block, getting up early for 15 minutes of alone time, spending time each week encouraging others who have lymphoma or starting a gratitude journal. Don't let anyone (including yourself!) make you feel guilty for taking care of yourself.


Here are some conversations on MyLymphomaTeam about patience:


"Husband is having good days. No treatment at this time."

"I never thought I would be online with someone who shares this disease with me..."

"Hi! New member. I feel this will really provide some much needed support for us."

Have you found ways to take back control and practice patience? What do you do to be more open to self-care? Share your insights in the comments below or directly on MyLymphomaTeam.com.

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