Holiday depression

by Thursday, December 19th, 2013Breast Cancer23 comments

I finished the book Empty Mansions that I had downloaded from the library to my Kindle. That was pretty fascinating, to read about the wealthy Clark family and how much the heiress Huguette gave away to her caregivers.

I am now in the middle of reading Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. This is a book that I have heard of but never got around to reading. I just saw the author the other day on The Colbert Report promoting her new book The Signature of All Things. I thought I might like to read one of her books, so again I went to the library site to see if any were available for a Kindle download. I found Eat Pray Love and started reading. I can’t tell you how I feel like this book came to me right when I needed it.

The one thing that I have been dealing with the past week is a whole lot of worrying and the blues. I have heard that depression is something that might come on. Well, it has come, and I am trying my hardest to keep my chin up. The thing is, it doesn’t last long and comes and goes in waves. It’s not something that I have had to deal with in the past.

The nurse that I had on Monday said that some people, when faced with a serious illness, can go through almost a grieving stage like losing a loved one. I guess it might be a combination of my body going through all these changes and it being the holiday season. Who knows? I feel that talking about it with Mark and my family has helped. I am just really looking forward to spending Christmas with our families next week.

I am still keeping myself kind of quarantined from the rest of the world. There are only a few places that I run out to. I go out to fuel up the car or drop something at the post office. It came as a surprise to me when I stopped by the post office last week to find a package in our P.O. box. There was a box with a pouch of Organic Favorite Five Mixed Grains cereal from the Grain Place Foods company. The note inside said that the sender knew I was a fan of steel cut oats and that he likes these with cinnamon and sugar. It was signed, “An old friend.”

I did give the cereal a try, and it was quite nice. The texture and flavor of the little grains of sesame seed and barley were a pleasant change of pace from the steel cut oats. Thanks, old friend!

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