September 16, 2015

Day 16: Cluster

For the remainder of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, I am going to share things that I pull from my life from the daily of life as it pertains to the countless layers of survivorship. My goal in doing so is to remind you that you are NOT alone, and perhaps, to help you implement strategies that build the depth of your belief in your health and wellness along with an ability to begin to trust again because let’s be honest, cancer and the collateral damage it brings with it shakes our ability to trust to the core on an almost everyday basis. (Alert the grammar police on that last sentence!)

Day 16: Cluster

Clustering is THE main way I arrange the necessities (aka unrelenting demands, at times) of survivorship around my life.

Please note that I do NOT arrange my life around the necessities of survivorship, and nor should you, my fellow travelers.

So, what is clustering?

Clustering is ALL about being intentional when it comes to medically necessary and predictable appointments that promote my health and wellbeing AND screen for late effects of my cancer treatment. Being intentional in this area kills more than 2 birds with 1 stone, so to speak.

How do I accomplish this in my life?

  1. I have a master list of every follow up recommendation
  2. I designate the months of my year that I am willing to schedule those appointments (presently, my intervals are either 6 or 12 months and my months are November and May)
  3. When something happens that breaks with my November/May clustering, I simply schedule the next appointment in either November or May: easy-peasy

The boundary lines have fallen in pleasant places for me, yet I am not compelled to allow my medical history to dictate my life. I am a highly capable, WELL individual with a lot of fire in my pants; therefore, I exercise the responsibility I carry for my health and wellbeing with great intention and the utmost compliance without sacrificing the moments I am present to enJOY.

Clustering provides me with 10 out of every 12 months of blissful freedom from a healthcare delivery system that is so and too often driven by a disease mindset and would much prefer to view me as a sick individual as opposed to the vital well person that I am.

Cluster with me, won’t you?


Stephanie (in all my healthy and well self)

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