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Stable is a Good Thing!

I’m stable.  So I’m told.

During my most recent visits to MD Anderson and Highlands Oncology Group, I was told that stable is a good thing.  The previous two PET scans this year reported that the cancer was shrinking and even some of it was completely gone. I wanted to hear the same good news.  I wanted to hear that I had won the battle and was cancer free.  Instead I learned that the cancer is stable meaning the disease did not appear to be progressing.

Before I can get my happy hat on, I had wrap my head about the meaning of stable.

Here is what I discovered:

Stable the Adjective - not likely to change or fail; firmly established.

Medically Stable:  in a good state or condition that is not easily changed or likely to change.  Not getting worse or likely to get worse. 

So okay, I feel better and even encouraged to learn that my medical condition is stable. Thinking about cancer, my future and how my diagnosis can affect people I love makes me a little mentally unstable at times.  I admit it!  My emotions go a little crazy from time to time.  Then I cry.  Then I suck it up, say something funny and continue to battle the fear of it all so that I can return to mental stability: sane and sensible; not easily upset or disturbed. 

But really??  Who is always mentally stable cancer or no cancer?  Kind of sounds like no fun and a little boring actually. Seriously though, when people are battling any life challenges, relationships, illness, or financial issues, or shopping on black Friday, I bet stable would be a welcomed state of mind. Unless they are crazy!

People are very important to me.  I strive for stable relationships: secure, solid, strong, steady, firm, sure, steadfast, unwavering, unvarying, unfaltering, unfluctuating, established, abiding, durable, enduring, lasting, permanent, reliable, and dependable.  Now we are talking!!!  I am all about stable.  Who wouldn’t want stable relationships with family, friends, and in the work place?  Unless of course they really are crazy and thrive on drama.

So call me crazy at times but no matter what I remain stable and steady in purpose, firm in resolution.  I will hold on to the peace that passes all understanding which is a gift to all mankind given by a baby born in a stable.  

Merry Christmas and remember stable really is a good thing. 

Tick Tock.

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Stable can be a good thing

Hi Patricia, yes, most definitely, stable can be a good thing. Stability of a condition in one's experience is the reflection of one's stability in choice. Experience is always preceded by choice. When the same choice is being made again and again and again, in each passing nano second, this shows up in the experience as stability. As something that appears to be constant. For example, a person's consistent routine, consistent behavior, consistent response to life's many vagaries...are all reflections of consistent choice. The cause of any experience is found in thought yet most of us have a proclivity to search within the experience to find the cause of the experience. This is like searching in a mirror to find the source of the image being mirrored. All choice originates from one of two states of mind. Choice is either coming from a state of Love or a state of Fear. Love joins things together. Fear fragments everything it touches. Love holds peace and joy. Fear holds chaos. The stability in experience that originates from choices made in Love is a better than good thing. Stability coming from a place of Love is real. It's trust, peace and joy. Conversely, the stability that originates from a state of Fear is not a good thing and though it very much appears to be real it is not real. Stability of hate, stability of poverty, stability of suffering, stability of pain, stability of loss and so on, is the flavor of stability originating from Fear. Patricia, it is obvious from reading your blog that the stability in your experience originates from a mind in the state of Love. Thank you very much for your blog. I am most grateful. It is a wonderful gift!
Hi Patricia, yes, most definitely, stable can be a good thing. Stability of a condition in one's experience is the reflection of one's stability in choice. Experience is always preceded by choice. When the same choice is being made again and again and again, in each passing nano second, this shows up in the experience as stability. As something that appears to be constant. For example, a person's consistent routine, consistent behavior, consistent response to life's many vagaries...are all reflections of consistent choice. The cause of any experience is found in thought yet most of us have a proclivity to search within the experience to find ...>> Read the entire comment.

the sane welcome stability

Hello again Patricia, Interestingly enough, I awoke this morning with this particular paragraph from your blog being flashed in my mind: "But really?? Who is always mentally stable cancer or no cancer? Kind of sounds like no fun and a little boring actually. Seriously though, when people are battling any life challenges, relationships, illness, or financial issues, or shopping on black Friday, I bet stable would be a welcomed state of mind. Unless they are crazy!" As I pondered what you were saying it came to mind how common of a belief it is that (and it wouldn't necessarily be phrased like this)constancy, even if it's a constancy of something good, would tend to get boring or monotonous after a while. And this sort of goes along with the idea that in order to appreciate what's good one must experience the bad. Wow! What a peculiar belief that is! But you got it right Patricia, truly, a person would have to be crazy to not welcome stability or prefer drama over stability. Stable IS a good thing.
Hello again Patricia, Interestingly enough, I awoke this morning with this particular paragraph from your blog being flashed in my mind: "But really?? Who is always mentally stable cancer or no cancer? Kind of sounds like no fun and a little boring actually. Seriously though, when people are battling any life challenges, relationships, illness, or financial issues, or shopping on black Friday, I bet stable would be a welcomed state of mind. Unless they are crazy!" As I pondered what you were saying it came to mind how common of a belief it is that (and it wouldn't necessarily be phrased like this)constancy, even if it's a constancy of ...>> Read the entire comment.

comments appreciated

A Pilgrim, It is so nice to get feedback to my blog posts. I'm working on my next thought provoking blog. I look forward to seeing what you think.

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