How about we take away some of that stress? What if we gave you something quick and easy that you can actually win. Like a system to organize medical information that will actually work for you.
A system that will save you a ton of stress and overwhelm, and we will give it to you for free…
When helping your loved one battle cancer becomes the priority, it can feel impossible to deal with all of this and manage your life…
It’s so frustrating.
I am helping my dad battle cancer. I can tell you anything you want to know about his treatment, doctor’s, appointments, past and present symptoms, medications he takes… yet, I can’t figure out how to keep my house clean and manage my life.
When I met the love of my life and my 4 amazing stepchildren, I moved out of a 525 square foot house (that could be cleaned in two hours) and into a house that is over 2000 square feet and takes HOURS to clean. And I do mean hours… This house has the potential to be amazing, it just needs a lot of work.
When we got married, in October of 2016, I went on a crusade to get our house organized and some systems in place to manage everything. I wanted to be able to keep up with not only cleaning the house, but also working on fixing it up little-by-little.
Unfortunately, shortly after the wedding, my dad was diagnosed with Lung Cancer, and I began a new crusade.
Here’s the thing I have been struggling with (and seriously failing at). It can feel impossible to manage your life when cancer becomes the priority.
So, now my original mission has changed, get this house under control and figure out a system that works, but do it in ¼ the amount of time I had before.
Organization is not my strong suit. In fact, the term “hot mess” doesn’t even cover it! How can you manage your life and deal with cancer too? Thankfully my husband is much better at this kind of stuff than I am and helps tremendously.
But even with two of us, this house can get seriously overwhelming. There is “stuff” on every surface and it doesn’t matter how much you donate, or discard. You clean the dining room table and within 2 hours its covered again.
After 2 days, the laundry piles look like the Himalayan mountains and the dishes are exploding out of the sink. Last month we spent 3 hours looking for a tax document that we needed. 3 freaking hours! We don’t have 3 hours to waste doing anything.
And every single attempt I make to try to keep up with this mess doesn’t work.
When all of sudden I read this “Remember how far you’ve come, not just how far you have to go. You may not be where you want to be, but neither are you where you used to be.” Rick Warren
I’m doing the best I can and while there is totally room for improvement, things are much better than they were. I’m making small changes to try to get this situation under control and manage my life. Little stuff, like washing a load of laundry every day and emptying the dishwasher as soon as it’s finished so it can be reloaded as the dishes are used.
That’s been making a big difference. I’m hoping that adding a few more small changes to the mix will help us not spend the few days we have off, obsessively cleaning and organizing the house.
The truth is nobody ever died from a few dirty dishes and some piled up laundry.
Let me help you put this into perspective…
My dad doesn’t get a choice. He doesn’t get to decide if he wants to deal with all of this cancer stuff or not. He got tossed into the fight of his life and while he is fighting like a warrior… and here I am freaking out about dumb stuff.
It seems pretty ridiculous in comparison to be worried about the condition of the house.
Give yourself a break. You’re carrying a huge responsibility on your shoulders and even though you are superwoman, there are some limits to what you can get done in a day. ????
You do the best you can, you figure out a way to make a difference (even a small one) and you let that be enough. At least for now, I’ve given myself permission to let this go as one of my major goals, and now, I am figuring out small changes that help me make a huge difference in helping to manage your life.
P.S. If you’re overwhelmed by all this cancer business, we can relate!
The Cancer Binder Pack will walk you through the quick and easy system we used for organizing medical information.
Step-by-step instructions, printable forms, and monthly calendar pages so you can ALWAYS find what you need when you need it. And, the best part it’s FREE…
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