I have a busy schedule. Working from home, homeschooling two boys, and dealing with doctors and appointments seems overwhelming at times. My battle with breast cancer includes managing my life, cancer treatments, and running a household. But how do I make it all work?
Keeping everything from falling into chaos requires a huge amount of organization. We have two cars between five people. My husband has one to go to work. The other car is for me and son who is out of school and working to share. My van is the one that gets me to Tulsa for cancer treatment. My husband’s truck would never survive the trip.
My calender is my life. If something is not on my calender, it does not exist in my world. Each person has his own color on the calender so finding things is easier. I would be lost without this.
Our homeschool runs on a calender. All assignments are put in and incomplete ones move ahead to the next day. This helps on days where I do not feel well and struggle to get the barest minimum of tasks done.
Staying on top of doctor appointments and imaging schedules is not as easy as it would sound. Because I do not live in a vacuum, doctors and imaging must revolve around work, school and 4-H schedules. I also have to coordinate visits to the cancer treatment center with visits to my plastic surgeon.
I am fortunate to have good medical insurance, but it does not mean my treatment comes at no cost. Traveling two hours each way, tolls, overnight stays, and the balance from doctors, facilities, imaging and labs add up quickly. I have to be diligent about keeping track of insurance claims, otherwise I would drown in paperwork and not know what claims are valid and which need to be questioned.
Cancer treatment has side effects. For me, one of the side effects is severe bone pain. This adds an additional challenge to my scheduling. I have to balance pain levels, driving, and pain meds. I cannot drive for 4 to 6 hours after taking pain meds. Driving to homeschool co-op, park days, getting my oldest son to work, and picking up items at the store all require scheduling. If I cannot manage my pain without medication in the morning, everything that requires driving must wait until afternoon.
How well am I managing? Most days, fairly well. I get everyone where they need to be most of the time. On days when things are not going well, my family understands. This is the biggest part of being able to manage. Without the support of my family, my battle with breast cancer would be unbearable.
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