Have you ever played the game would you rather? It is usually a party game with two choices given by the player whose turn it is. For example, would you rather be kissed by Bradley Cooper or Brad Garret. That isn’t so rough is it? Either one would be fun in very different ways.
Getting on the right path to cancer treatment for you is like the worlds worst game of would you rather. Would you rather get treatment or die? Would you rather have a lumpectomy or a mastectomy? Would you rather have a single mastectomy or a double mastectomy? Would you rather have reconstruction or no reconstruction? Would you rather have chemotherapy that may damage your heart or one that will damage your heart?
One of the would you rather questions that I could do something about was would I rather get dehydrated and possibly suffer some terrible consequences or stay hydrated. Well, let me think! I chose to stay hydrated.
A friend who is a runner gave me a Gymboss timer years ago when I was trying to become a runner. Basically each time it rings you do the opposite of what you are currently doing, if you are walking start running, if you are running start walking. It was a great tool for building endurance and overall fitness. I turned it into a timer for sipping water. Each time it went off, every 20 minutes, I would drink a couple of swallows of water.
It worked very well. I didn’t get dehydrated at all. It was very Pavlovian, to the point where I would not really need the timer to go off, I would know to sip water. The reverse was also true, whenever I hear the timer go off now, I look for water to sip.
There can be something very comforting in routine, in knowing exactly what to do in a specific situation.
We are trying to put together a sherpa kit for women going through treatment and Gymboss ( https://www.gymboss.com/ ) generously donated timers. I didn’t have to pose a would you rather question to them for their generosity!
If you would like to help people who are in a game of would you rather for their lives, please take a minute to donate to Survivor Sherpa at supportful, https://www.supportful.com/survivorsherpa . We would like to help as many people as possible wouldn’t you rather too?