“High Risk”

That’s what the cancer institute told me yesterday when they called to reschedule my six month check-up for this morning. They didn’t want anyone coming there unless it was for treatment. Yes, I’m six years clear of cancer but I also take a medication once a day which keeps it gone, and because chemo stays in your body for years and because of the medication I take, I’m high risk.

I asked them what I should do. They said to stay out of crowds and not to be anywhere with more than 15 people there.They said to wear a mask and to follow the protocol of hand washing and be careful to stay clear of crowds and sick people.

So, what does that mean to me? Am I scared? 

No.

I’m not scared.

Everyone has a different opinion on this virus and I respect them all, but my feeling is that the governments across the world are simply trying to prevent the virus from spreading to more people than those who already have it.

I don’t think we’ll all be living a different lifestyle forever, just for now. The focus is on COVID-19 but the same protocol goes for any virus or flu. Maybe it’s blown out of proportion, maybe it’s not, but it is what it is. All the lock downs and shutdowns of public events are for a reason: to prevent the virus from spreading.

I’m not scared, but am concerned. I’ll be taking my precautions as the oncologist has told me and will look at this as positively as I can. It’s a time to be home with my family, a time to write and declutter my home, and a time to reflect on the many things we take for granted that can now be appreciated.

I know that “this too shall pass” and until it does I’m going to make the best of it.

And I hope you will, too.

Be well, stay healthy, and wash your hands every chance you get!

And let’s keep each other in our thoughts and prayers.

It’s a good thing.

Wishing you love and light,

~Anne Dennish~

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“Social Distancing On My Birthday”

“And on the first day of the next year of my life…”

I’m practicing “safe social distancing” and helping to “flatten the curve.” Aside from the precautions that we’re all being told to take, I have my boys doing the same for me. They’re telling me what I should and shouldn’t be doing and as a mom it melts my heart to know how much they care about me.

They’re still looking out for me even on my birthday! My two youngest were here with my birthday cake and as you can see by the picture, they were sure to practice social distancing! Of course I laughed because I think laughter is the best medicine in any situation. It lightens the mood and takes your mind off of things.

And we sure laughed!

So here I am on the “first day of the next year of my life” laughing with my family, enjoying my “vegan” chocolate birthday cake, and finding peace and serenity by sitting in my backyard with the sun shining on my face.

Maybe this “social distancing” thing isn’t such a bad thing after all.

Stay well. Stay healthy. Stay calm.

And remember to laugh.

It’s a good thing.

Wishing you love and light,

~Anne Dennish~

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“Social Distancing”

“Social distancing.”

This is the latest term that has surfaced from this nasty COVID-19 and I’ve attached a very good article about it below. Please take a moment to read it. It has some very important information for all of us.

I’m still not in a “panic mode” but here in the United States and in my state of New Jersey, the virus is running rampant. Fear never solves anything and certainly doesn’t help anyone to stay safe and healthy. My message to all of you is to stay calm, don’t panic, and stay as socially distant from other people, places and events as you can. This won’t cure the virus but is certainly one of the most effective ways of preventing it from spreading.

“Quarantined” can be as scary a word as “COVID-19” yet I’m asking you to slow down, take a breath, and listen to what the officials are telling you to do. It’s a time to simply stay home if at all possible. Schools are being shut down so the kids will be home for a few weeks, if not months. That means KEEP THEM HOME! The same goes for adults. Stay home if you can, keep your distance from crowds, public events, and any other activities which, at this time, are important to stay away from.

The sooner we contain this virus and prevent it from spreading, the sooner life will go back to the way it used to be. Until then, make the best of your time at home. Read a book, rent a movie, take a walk outside or just sit in your backyard in the sun. Catch up with your household chores and your “to-do” list. Spend time with your family that lives with you. After all, you still have your cell phones and for most of us, the internet, to keep in touch with others. 

Make this crazy, and hopefully “brief” time, an adventure. “This too shall pass” and until it does, make the best of it and don’t allow fear and anxiety to make things worse for yourself.

Stay calm. Stay informed. Stay home.

Practice “social distancing.”

It’s a good thing.

I’m keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

Wishing you love and light,

~Anne Dennish~

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“And The World Came Together”

“And the world came together as the people stayed apart.”

I can’t stress enough how important social distancing is. New Jersey closed all non-essential businesses yesterday and asked that everyone stay home. Colleges have closed for the duration of the semester and graduations are canceled. 

It’s an important time in our state, our country, and our world right now. We’re being asked to stay home to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and “flatten the curve.” In my opinion, it’s a matter of respect, compassion and love for our friends, families, communities, first responders, hospitals, doctors, nurses and all of those who are trying to keep us safe. We have to join together in the fight to stop this virus from spreading.

I’m trying to stay optimistic throughout this quarantine and find something positive in it. I’m doing what I’ve been told and am staying home. I go out on my front porch or in the backyard throughout the day, but I can honestly tell you that I haven’t left my house or been in my car in over 10 days.  

I want to be part of the solution to “flatten the curve,” and not part of the problem in spreading it.

Don’t you?

The truth is that the world is changing, yet I believe that in the end it will change for the better. I have to have faith that it will.

“And the world came together as the people stayed apart.”

What a beautiful sentiment.

Stay calm. Stay safe. Stay home. 

It’s a good thing.

Wishing you love and light,

~Anne Dennish~

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“This Too Shall Pass”

“High risk.”

That’s what the cancer institute told me yesterday when they called to reschedule my six month check-up for this morning. They didn’t want anyone coming there unless it was for treatment. Yes, I’m six years clear of cancer but I also take a medication once a day which keeps it gone, and because chemo stays in your body for years and because of the medication I take, I’m high risk.

I asked them what I should do. They said to stay out of crowds and not to be anywhere with more than 15 people there.They said to wear a mask and to follow the protocol of hand washing and be careful to stay clear of crowds and sick people.

So, what does that mean to me? Am I scared? 

No.

I’m not scared.

Everyone has a different opinion on this virus and I respect them all, but my feeling is that the governments across the world are simply trying to prevent the virus from spreading to more people than those who already have it.

I don’t think we’ll all be living a different lifestyle forever, just for now. The focus is on COVID-19 but the same protocol goes for any virus or flu. Maybe it’s blown out of proportion, maybe it’s not, but it is what it is. All the lock downs and shutdowns of public events are for a reason: to prevent the virus from spreading.

I’m not scared, but am concerned. I’ll be taking my precautions as the oncologist has told me and will look at this as positively as I can. It’s a time to be home with my family, a time to write and declutter my home, and a time to reflect on the many things we take for granted that can now be appreciated.

I know that “this too shall pass” and until it does I’m going to make the best of it.

And I hope you will, too.

Be well, stay healthy, and wash your hands every chance you get!

And let’s keep each other in our thoughts and prayers.

It’s a good thing.

Wishing you love and light,

~Anne Dennish~

 

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