As a cancer survivor, the month of October is a trigger for me. It reminds me of the pain I endured through my own personal journey, and it reminds me of my sweet friends who have lost their battle to the horrible disease. And, it also makes me angry. I resent the "pinkwashing" and I hate seeing pink Oreos and Potato Chips.
Cancer taught me how important it was to make self-care a priority. I was told that I needed to focus more on myself and let go of trying to take care of everyone else. I learned that my needs were important. I should have learned my lesson . I know.. I know, but….
One of the most important lessons that I learned during my cancer journey was that I had become a people-pleaser. I hadn't always been that way, but over time I had taken on the (self imposed) responsibility of making sure everyone around me was happy. I had become a Chief People-Pleaser!