One week until my lumpectomy and as most moms probably feel…I don’t have time for surgery! I have two teenage boys to chauffeur to activities and appointments, pets to walk, a house to clean, groceries to be bought, meals to prepare…and the list goes on and on.
STOP! Your thoughts will continue to spiral downward if you focus on what needs to be done without making a list. It is challenging to turn off the mental ‘mom to-do’ list and to focus on ME. Yet, this is exactly what needs to be done.
My first lumpectomy I went hard organizing meals, cleaning the house, and tackling my ‘to do’ list with a vengeance. Unfortunately, I went into surgery rundown and exhausted.
From my first surgery, I learned the importance of being well-rested and focused on healing…not running around trying to complete the endless in-box (that will always be full).
“It is challenging to turn off the mental ‘mom to-do’ list and to focus on ME. Yet, this is exactly what needs to be done.”
Love and pamper yourself before your surgery so your body will be prepared. Then, your body will be ready for the healing journey.
Pre-Surgery: 5 Tips for Super-Busy Cancer Moms
- Create a list of items that you feel need to be done before/during/after surgery. Keep the list with you and by your bed as ideas come to you. Let the lesser important items go!
- Let your family and friends know your surgery date. People care about you. They will ask how to help you and your family.
- Share your list.
- Ideas for list:
- House cleaned
- Grocery shopping
- Set up a “Meal Train”
- Carpools arranged
- Family or friend that will be with your kids on surgery day
- Activities for kids post-surgery: play dates, sleepovers, movies
- Pet sitter set up
- Vehicle fueled and oil changed
- Grocery shopping
- Library- books & movies for you and for kids
5. Relax, rest, and let your body start her healing journey.
Affirm: I trust the process of life to take care of me. ~ Louise Hay