by Jennifer Wilson
During your cancer journey, you will experience many emotions. Journaling can be a powerful tool to channel your inner emotions. Being diagnosed with cancer is not something you can control, but you do have control when you write.
Processing my emotions through writing is something that has helped me throughout my breast cancer journey. I do not consider myself to be a “writer,” but it is something I have found I enjoy and is my therapy. When I was first diagnosed with breast cancer, I told family members, close friends, and a few coworkers. Telling them in person was not easy, but I felt it was the best thing to do. I thought the best way to keep everybody informed was to write emails to my friends and family. Writing letters to my friends and family helped me process the information I received from my doctors.
The emails became too much for me to handle, and I kept adding new people to each letter that I wrote, so I decided to start writing a blog. I had never written a blog before and didn’t know where to start, but I felt it was something I needed to do to help others.
My blog is my journal that I share with others. My Compassion that Compels custom journal is where I write my thoughts and feelings that I do not share with others. When I am journaling, I create a peaceful place by lighting a candle, drinking hot tea, and listening to peaceful music. A blank computer screen or a blank piece of paper can be intimidating, but once you start writing it gives you the freedom to say exactly what you are thinking and how you are feeling. Writing occurs on your time. You may write more some days than on other days depending on how you are feeling and what you have time for. Your journal is a blank canvas for you and only you.
Journaling creates a positive outlet and offers you the opportunity for self-reflection and to connect with God. It offers you the stillness you need when your time has been taken over by treatments, doctor’s appointments, surgeries, and life obligations. Journaling also offers you the opportunity to follow a path that offers light and hope and can lead you in the right direction when you are feeling lost. Create a quiet space and grab your journal and let your thoughts and emotions take over….
Anchored in Hope,
Jennifer Wilson is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas and a National Certified Counselor. She is currently an elementary school counselor and lives happily in Houston, Texas, with her husband and two dogs. Diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 36, Jennifer received her baseline mammogram and cancer diagnosis shortly after a close friend was diagnosed with breast cancer at the same age. You can read her story on her blog, Anchored in Hope and follow her on Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.