So I don’t have a ton of time but I wanted to write an update for any of you out there who may be worried about me! I realized that my last post was a little intense and didn’t want to leave y’all hanging on how I am feeling! So yesterday I felt pretty darn bad. Despite the distraction of traveling to Boston, I was worrying like a real Nervous Nellie (wink wink, Mauuuuura). But then like so many other times before on this chemo journey, my symtoms (while not totally gone) are much better. I really don’t understand it at all. The big lesson for me is to remember that even the most persistent and scary symptoms can end up going away or lessening over time. I did end up moving up the date of my scan to a week from tomorrow but there’s no harm in that. The lecture by Joshua Rosenthal was inspiring and it felt nice to be there in person instead of watching from an iPad. Because of my worrying, I wasn’t in a very outgoing mood so I didn’t really talk much to other classmates and graduates. I could have done a big group share and told my story to the hundreds of people there but there is time for that. I was kind of worried that I would burst into tears. I think I’d rather do that at home with my stuffed animals. Haha. But the lecture did help me to clarify who I think my target market would be and I had time on the train to finish this week’s module and catch up on the workbook. Joshua encouraged us to pick a health issue that we have had success in overcoming and make that our target market. So, I don’t know if I can officially say I’ve successfully overcome metastatic cancer but I’m working my ass off to at least live with it and be the happiest I can be. So I decided that I want to work with young adults (aged 20-40) living with metastatic cancer to help reduce stress/anxiety, eat healthy, learn about integrative care (like massage and acupuncture) and enjoy each day. I want to apply for grants so that my coaching service can be free of charge! I know that Rachel did that when she was studying with IIN so I’m sure I can find a way to do so myself! Alright, well, I’m off to acupuncture and massage in prep for chemoland tomorrow. We’ve hit double digits! Number 10! And if you are wondering, the picture above is from the Children’s Book show at the NY Public Library. My mom and I went last week! It’s the pattern they use on the spine of Golden Books! Toodeloo! xoxo Lauren

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