Mindset Matters

“The more you think of something the more you will your energy there.”

After initial diagnosis, to say I wasn’t ‘numb’ was an
understatement. I quickly encountered “all the feels” – grief, denial, anger,
loss, hope, more grief – but then it was almost as if I catapulted into
survival mode. I refused to believe the statistics (online research is scary!)
and had a little moment with myself. You can believe the numbers you read and
become one of them, or you can defy the odds and become a survivor with a story
to share. I chose the latter from that moment on.

Positive, “victim-less” mindset is a lynch pin to so much of
my health care experiences. In a positive state of mind, focusing on what could
be vs. what isn’t, and staying in resolution mode vs. grief, attracted other
like minds to me…naturally!  It should
come as no surprise that humans seek out and are attracted to like minds. And,
our amazing healthcare professionals are no different. Even in the hospital, my
willingness and openness to receive information, digest it, ask logical
questions and proactively champion for my care, kept the doctors, nurses and
everyone in between coming back to me. 
And guess what they brought? More information! The more I knew, the
better I could manage my own health journey, entering into it without
hesitation but rather with open arms of hope. I made some amazing connections
at Johns Hopkins Hospital because both me and the nurses and doctors I met,
took time to practically discuss and approach my care, with each of us feeling
like we could share and converse with a sound mind. This was critical!

And this contagious energy extended beyond my medical care
providers, but also to my husband, family and friends. They joined me in my
positive path forward, rather than digging into grief and disbelief. I needed
them with me, visualizing this positive outcome I’m going to receive, and I
know they drew on my strength to help me put one foot in front of the other on
this brand new life detour. I can’t begin to tell you how things started to
fall into place since initial diagnosis, but they just did and continue to. And
I know we all collectively willed this energy my way. It took practice, perseverance
and strength (and yes, I had my moments and continue to) but I assure you the
more you “think” of something the more you will your energy there. I chose positivity
and opportunity….and it’s working!