Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Deep Breathing and Saying NO

"Is Me Disappearing?" copyright Carole Reid 2017

Living with the knowledge that cancer tried to kill me keeps me awake at night. Not every night, but often enough that I've become expert at inhaling long deep breaths through my nose and exhaling slowly through my mouth. 

These past few months (six) have taught me to take better care of myself.

I've always been the type of person who puts my desires and needs after everyone else's. I'm learning to say no and accepting that I just can't/won' take care of much more than myself right now. This is a hard, but necessary, lesson for a mother.  


  1. ah yes. I hear you. Putting ourselves first is not second nature. (or third or fourth). So yes. You take care of you first and foremost. I will try to do the same.

  2. And a very good lesson to learn. I love the way you are expressing your feelings through your painting.

  3. good for you! and for all of us if we can manage the same!! XO

    1. It's not coming easily to me but I keep working on it. xo