Sunday, August 21, 2011
You ask "how do you do it?"
I have found some things that have helped me cope along the way. Back in the winter, I really delved into humour and exercise. I only watched funny tv shows and I read a few blogs that made me laugh out loud. I started reading super fluffy, funny romances and People or US magazines as escapes from reality. I enjoyed watching and listening to anything that would help me to take my mind off of Gabrielle's, our reality. I love conversations that were about nothing and I could sit and listen to 'nothing'. It made me wonder if that's what all those fluffy books and magazines were there for in the first place - to help people escape their current realities?
During transplant, I felt lots of anger, sadness, fear and exhaustion. Living day to day was such a grind that it took every bit of energy to get through the day with Gabrielle and I saved whatever I had left for our boys at home. I felt as though I was on a treadmill going forward, and I could only deal with 'predictable' events and if things were going in the same direction as I was, I could cope, but as soon as something came at me from the sideline, I would de-rail.
It's tough. Today, I cope by putting the needs of myself and my family first. Exercise still continues to be my therapy. I am able to put every emotion into physically exhausting myself and pushing my boundaries. It takes my mind off of everything and only lets me focus on the moment. Exercise is the only coping strategy I have yet to come across that takes away all my grief, sadness, anger, fear and helps me to feel positive, strong, loving, and capable.
You know, it's not pretty. You're probably reading this thinking "gee, thanks a lot, how depressing". And when I read what other people have to talk about in Facebook or in their personal blogs, my reality can be very difficult to grapple with. But, it's real. I can't change it. I can only cope the best way I know how. And let me tell you, it's taken us on a journey I never could have imagined.