Sunday, June 27, 2010

Family Business

I haven't had much to post lately and won't for a couple more weeks, I think.

My Mom was diagnosed with colon cancer two weeks ago. She had surgery this last Thursday and is recovering in the hospital nicely. I will be going home to help her when she comes home from the hospital, and not sure how long that will take. We're hoping for good pathology reports this next week.

Maybe while I'm away I'll post about my withdrawal from painting in my studio, and not having my dear friend, June, to talk to daily. That all keeps me sane.

I don't think I have ever shared but I have battled depression for most of my adult life...and I fight hard to stay "up". As I have gotten older I've found ways to nuture myself and keep the demons at bay. I also have a great doctor who knows me and helps me by keeping my medications doing their job. It seems rather personal to share this, but there are so many of us out there and we think keeping it to ourselves is the right thing to do. I've found it's the wrong thing for me to do. It's part of who I am.

So step out into the sunlight, share your story with friends and family; get help from a wonderful doctor; and find activities that nurture you. For me it's painting - I feel transported to another place when I'm painting. I'm also blessed to have a loving husband who often knows me better than anyone else.


Sonya Johnson said...

Sorry to hear of your mom's illness, and I will be wishing the best for her recovery and that the surgery was curative.

Regarding depression...having also walked down that dark path at times in my life, and having lost a dear friend to it five years ago, I applaud you for your courage in admitting your struggles with it. I'm glad to hear that you've been able to find what works to keep it from owning you. Keep it up!

Cindy Haase said...

Thank you Sonya! I am so sorry about your friend. Such a great loss.

Becky Joy said...

Sorry to hear about your mom. Wish you all the best.
I too, have had problems with depression. It's surprising how many people do. I think it is important to talk about and be open about. Good luck.

Jan Pope said...

I'm really sorry to hear about your mom. I will remember her in my prayers.

I try to live by this mantra: Forward, always forward. This is the only way I can fight depression. The only way is to move forward; if you look back, you're not moving forward. It works for me (most of the time).

Deborah Younglao, Silk Painter said...

It was very brave of you to share this, Cindy. You are blessed to have artistic talent as an outlet, and I do hope that keeps working for you. I wish your mom well with her recovery