Self-Care Is Not Selfish!

I started gaining weight due the medications that I was taking to prevent breast cancer from reoccurring. I went to two different dietitians at the cancer center where I was treated and they did not understand why I was feeling the way I was about my weight gain. They offered suggestions, but I felt like they were for a person that had not just experienced a life altering event and was taking medications that cause weight gain. I remember coming home and crying.

It took time to get to a place where I started new self-care practices and accepted my ‘new normal’. I moved overseas as an expat with my husband and I felt like it was a fresh start. I was able to focus on my needs and do things that made me happy. My days consist of blogging, meeting friends for lunch or tea, walking the dogs, and helping others. I focus on eating healthy and exercising many times throughout the week. I feel more in control of my life and am happy. Living as an expat, my husband and I have the opportunity to travel to new places which adds excitement and adventure to our lives.

Self-care is important especially after you have been through a life altering experience like cancer. Do not get me wrong, I still have ‘those days’ that are not the best, but I know that I have to hit the ‘reset’ button and make the best of the situation. Every morning when I wake up, I thank God for another day as Psalm 118:24 reminds me:

This is the day the LORD has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.


Jennifer Wilson is from Houston, Texas. She lives in De Pijp in Amsterdam with her husband and dogs Moxie and Macy.

Jennifer writes a blog called Anchored In Hope. Jennifer, a breast cancer overcomer, also offers hope, support and tips for women diagnosed with breast cancer.She likes to write about her everyday adventures in Amsterdam and travels throughout Europe.

Jennifer is also an Independent Consultant and District Manager for Arbonne. She helps her clients reach their full potential by focusing on a holistic approach to beauty, health, and well-being. In addition, Jennifer is a Licensed Professional Counselor from the state of Texas and a National Certified Counselor. When she is not writing or helping others, she likes to exercise.

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