Fun may seem like a unlikely possibility ever again when you are diagnosed with breast cancer, or going through heavy duty treatment. A trip to Disneyland, so to speak, may not be doable at this time. A “big deal splash” just isn’t going to happen.
Yet we need fun, laughter, and joy in our lives, dear sisters, to heal. You may have heard this verse from Proverbs 17:22 (NIV) before:
“A cheerful heart is good medicine”
When we feel lousy, even a good laugh, a meaningful visit with a friend, or a lunch out can be healing fun.
Where is your happy place, a place of fun, dear sister?
Happy places are often fun for us, a very healing type of fun. Take out your Journal, if you’ve started one, and write your thoughts to these questions:
- What is fun for you?
- Which of the things on your list are doable right now?
Keep in mind that sometimes fun comes in very simple ways. A good book, a funny movie on TV or one you rent, a phone call with an upbeat friend or family member, playing with your kids–even if it’s a card game or a funny movie that doesn’t require much energy from you–can be “good medicine.”
Because I missed most of a lovely ski season that year I had cancer, I had to find my fun in much smaller ways. Time spent in the warm sunshine of my son’s bed when he was at school, with a purring cat tucked in close, was healing. I read books, took naps, and just unplugged. While this doesn’t sound very merry, it fed my soul and spirit.
By resting during the day, I was able to enjoy my family when they returned home from school or work. I took the time to take care of myself, and this brought joy to my soul.
Then, when I felt somewhat well again, we made a simple trip to Death Valley in the spring. Death Valley doesn’t sound like much fun, does it? But anything to be living a more regular life, albeit at a slower pace, brought me such joy. See the picture above? I was able to get up high again, although not on skis, and see something new in God’s great creation.
As I did this, I realized Al and the boys were on a parallel “sand ridge.” It brought tears of tears of great joy to my heart–good medicine,too–to realize they were on their own sand mountain ridge and I was on mine, but we could see each other. We’d meet up again just up ahead.
This is much like our breast cancer journey, my friends. In many ways it’s a solo walk we must do alone, but when the people we love are close by, walking with their eyes on us, we can feel their support.
Let’s close with the rest of the Proverbs 17:22 (TPT):
“But the one whose heart is crushed struggles with sickness and depression.”
This is why fun…joy…laughter or smiles are so vital to our healing! For your own healing, seek them out wherever you can!
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