Hobbies & Leisure

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These are the experiences, ideas and views of each individual person featured here. Your own situation may be different and these ideas may not work for you.

Dann
Diagnosed in 2006

Hobbies & Leisure

I love to go to basketball games. The Portland Trailblazers is our professional team. I had been going to those games with my wife and now I use those as opportunities to get closer to my male friends and to take turns going to the games with different close friends. So we have more meaningful time together.

I can always have meaningful time with her and I have a lot of that. This gives me an opportunity to reach out to others as well.

Diane
Diagnosed in 2013

Hobbies & Leisure

I mostly do painting - I zone out and lose myself in that. I'm so focused on trying to get it right that I don't think about anything else.

You have to have some kind of an outlet. Whatever you can do to lose yourself in something else.

I took up meditating after my diagnosis. I don't do such a great job, but I try.

I like being with my friends and family but everybody needs "me" time. One of the places I feel most relaxed is at the beach. I feel like that's the only place in the whole world where I don't have any responsibilities. I don't have to do anything except lay there and listen to the ocean and vegetate.

Janet
Diagnosed in 2011

Hobbies & Leisure

I love reading, writing and watching science fiction.

When I was first diagnosed and I didn't know how to handle it, I watched a lot of comedies - in some cases really ridiculous comedies.

I needed to laugh, and the laughter was good for me. When I felt well enough, I went to science fiction conventions so I could talk about things that I enjoy with people who understand and catch my nerd humor.

Humor makes a huge difference. I think it makes my disease more accessible for other people. It can help put people at ease. It certainly helps me relax a little more, which is sometimes tough to do when undergoing treatment.

Lydia
Diagnosed in 2008

Hobbies & Leisure

I have a daughter-in-law who's very crafty, so I go over there and learn how to do crafts with my girls.

I love garage selling. I love finding things that are old, things that are new and I enjoy talking to other people who garage sell themselves.

There's some way I can tell that they have cancer, so I'll just talk to them about my situation. I feel something toward them and I just tell them my story and they get inspired.

I tell them how I started, that I'm still here. When I first read on the web that I only had a year to live, I totally freaked out about that. Knowing that I'm on my sixth year, I tell them that just because you've got this diagnosis doesn't mean it's the end of the world. You have to remain positive.

Marc
Diagnosed in 2011

Hobbies & Leisure

I watch a lot of TV and play games. I'll play computer games against other people and against myself. That can make my mind go blank so I don't have to think about my cancer, which I think about everyday and more than once a day.

Most of the time I'm on Facebook, talking to different groups and asking questions and answering questions. That's really where most of my time is spent.

Stephanie
Diagnosed in 2012

Hobbies & Leisure

When I was really sick and couldn't play golf, a friend of mine said, "Come to my house and just sit with me while I'm sewing."

She makes beautiful quilts and so she taught me how to quilt. I've learned to sew different things, so I give them as gifts.

We make a lot of stuff and donate to the hospital. I do little pillows and we've made chemo caps. It's neat to be able to give back as someone who has been there - and I know the needs. It keeps your mind occupied. We are just making things and giving back.

I've started drawing a little bit. I didn't even know I could draw and when I started, I did some oil paintings and I took a class... it's a support group through the hospital, an art therapy class.

I play bridge with all the 80 or 90-year-old women in the neighborhood. Every other Monday I play bridge with the ladies. It's pretty uplifting and they are hilarious.

Susan
Diagnosed in 2011

Hobbies & Leisure

I belong to a bunch of organizations, I belong to a book club and I belong to a woman's birthday club.

We try to help the community and sign up for things. I have a big social life and I feel good and everybody wants to entertain me because I have cancer.

So you're a superstar, everybody wants to include you for everything, it's pretty funny really. Things do change when you have a life-threatening disease.

Brain training

I use a brain-training app every day to try to keep that brain, because there was brain radiation.

Every day they send you games to play to get your brain in order. Not hard stuff, it's really good for your brain.

My friends say to me, "We can't remember either, it's not your brain it's our age." So we laugh about it but it's not funny to me because I used to be able to recall.

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