Calling all control freaks-
When you first learn that you have cancer, you may feel as if your life is out of control. Many feel that a way to gain back some of that control is to know EVERYTHING. Who can blame you? We live in a society that places a lot of stock in “knowing.” I mean, we can learn anything we want with one touch of a button thanks to our good friend Mr. Google.
But what about the questions Google can’t answer for us, like how long do I have to live? Will my cancer come back? Will I develop cancer from my genetic mutation? Lately, I have been meditating on the mantra “I don’t need to know everything right now.” And it has worked wonders for my mental health. There can be freedom in the unknown. When dealing with the trauma of breast cancer, our brains literally can only handle so much. It is our body’s way of going into survival mode. Too much information can cause sensory overload. I know when I look back to that phone call, all my brain could process were the words “You have cancer.” Everything after that was a blur. My body went into preservation mode.