The hardest thing for Smith to do was to be flexible and adapt to changes. He jokes that his background as a crane operator might have worked against him.
“In my career, you build a structure and you’re done,” he says. “There are no constant re-adjustments if something isn’t working, no re-building a room to see if that works better. So, having colon cancer was a big lesson in patience for me.”
He learned to be more mindful and integrate some good mind-body strategies like deep breathing and meditation, which he says helped to calm his nervous stomach just before chemo treatments. “You have to acknowledge that the way you ate before, and the way your whole digestive system worked before, might not be the same during treatment, and honestly, may never be exactly the same again,” he says. “Just breathe through it, readjust, and focus on today.”