Tuesday, November 16, 2004
Making Room For Less
I've been quiet for a few days. I have had so many thoughts and emotions going through my head. I was having a bit of separation anxiety from chemotherapy. It wasn't quite strong enough to make me re-enlist for more treatment. Not by a long shot! It was just that sense of actively doing something to fight the cancer. I resolved this by realizing that I am getting myself stronger for surgery and that in and of itself is active duty in the cancer battle.

I spent the weekend making room for less. I know it sounds funny, but it makes perfect sense to me. I used to have this mindset that if every shelf in my closets and cupboards were full, then I had too much. I would gather up the things I did not need and donate them where they could be put to good use. I am trying to resurrect this mindset. Over the weekend I made two trips to the Goodwill donations center. Between those two trips I brought in seven large bags of clothes, a wicker hamper full of miscellaneous houseware items and another large bag of houseware items. It was such a good feeling to get room in my closets again and to know that my donations would be useful for someone else. Room by room, closet by closet, I am making room for less. Who needs that many clothing items? Who needs full closets? Who can possibly have enough things on hand to be prepared for every need? In the space I am finding peace of mind and a peaceful spirit. With less, I am finding more than enough.

I've learned so much about myself on this breast cancer journey. Could a less complicated Jeannette be emerging? God knows a more complicated version is simply not possible! I do know that a stronger and more joyful person is emerging. What more could I ask?

Today I wish you less. Not less of everything or less of the things you truly need. I wish you less of the things that clutter your mind, your heart, and your space. I wish you less of the things that burden you. I wish you less pain, heartache, and sadness. I wish you less control and more surrender. I don't wish for these things to be completely gone, because there is a lesson to learn in all things. I hope today you enrich your life with less.
Written by Jeannette Vagnozzi
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Name: Jeannette
Location: Southern California, USA

This is my story about being diagnosed with breast cancer at age 39. I thought I was out of the woods, but four years late it came back. This is my quest to be a two-time survivor.

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