Oct 25, 2018

Guess who's back....Life after cancer treatment / Life update

It's been 5 months since I wrote a blog post. Anything to do with writing has felt very heavy to me. I think after going through chemo I definitely struggled with my attention and concentration. I'm sure I lost quite a few brain cells along the way. I know I can't blame everything on cancer and chemo but this is definitely a common side effect and I noticed a huge difference in my cognitive ability (I can still use fancy words though lol). I used to read at least 1 to 2 books a week for years and years and now I barely read that in a month. The thing with cancer treatment is that it takes a long time for your mind and body to fully recover.

I am now almost two years post treatment and I am starting to feel more and more like myself again. I definitely have more energy, I can lift my arm above my head again, the nerve damage is still there but 10x better than it was a year ago.

I have almost shoulder length hair, and along with the hair growth, a little bit more brain power.

But I'm not going to talk too much about that right now.

This is just a kind of re-introduction post. I've had this blog for about 6 or 7 years, and it has had more facelifts than Kris Jenner in that time, it's had numerous names, numerous topics I have talked about. But in that seven years I have worn many hats myself. I started it as a new mum, and have written about having young children, I have written about fashion, shared my love of photography, my artwork, my business and of course I have documented my whole cancer journey. I have basically always written about whatever was true to me at the time.

This blog has always been a place for me to express how I'm feeling and because I just love writing.

Which is why I'm back. I missed writing so much, even though it was hard for me to express what I wanted for a while.

This blog became so cancer heavy because that's what was going on in my life and I am so happy with how many people found it when they needed it, the friends I have made as a result of it and the compassion I have felt from people who have read along.

After finishing treatment and going through the whole emotional rollercoaster of it, I felt like a different person. I am once again a single mum and have been focusing all my time on the kids, my art business and doing all the spiritual, emotional, inner work I have needed to do, in order to move in the right direction. In order to make sense of it all and how I want to make the very best of every single day I have.

I feel like our lives have seasons, and I think (I fucking hope) I am moving out of a season of growth and into a season of joy, of doing things I'm excited about. So here I am again. Constantly evolving, and excited about writing again.

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It has become increasingly difficult in the world of instagram to try and maintain a balance of content. It seems if you are too varied, people lose interest. And love it or hate it, instagram is an integral part of my business and income.

My art is the core of me, and something else I'm working on is growing my skills, getting better, pushing myself miles past my comfort zone and trying to become the best artist I possibly can be.

So when it comes to instagram and social media, I am going to to start a second account for my blog readers. One that will showcase the images from my blog, it will be the story telling account, the everyday life, behind the art.

And which is what I have renamed this blog. Behind the art.

To anyone out there, still reading, especially if you've been here for a while, Thank you.

With love,

Hayley X

New instagram account, if you'd like to follow along isTHE LION AND SUNFLOWER

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