Dec 19, 2012 - 6:22 pm
I have been thinking about this a lot lately, as I get further into my post treatment for this and then a subsequent, cancer. I really believe that our outlook and attitude have a great deal to do with how we handle treatments, how we heal, and how we live life fully, despite the ever present possibilty of recurrence.
We all bring our own beliefs and personalities into the cancer treatment with us. I think that it is so important to stay positive, a huge challenge. For me, I am ever vigilant of my own thought processes. . When I start slipping into a fearful place, I remind myself that I am alive today and I don't want to waste a day with worry. After the initial diagnosis, we can either tell ourselves that this is the beginning of the end, or we can say, I will beat this and live a happy and full life for every day we are given here. We can think of every single worse case scenario, or we can tell ourselves that this is a battle, it may be tough, but we are tougher. We can look for every single twinge of pain and focus on it, or we can think about all the things that are going well. It may sound simplistic, but I think we must tell ourselves that we will handle the treatments well, we will be cancer free, we will not suffer severe after effects. I think that if we think we will not do well, we most likely will not. Self fulfilling prophecies........
For me, I have a solid Christian faith, so I relied heavily on the knowledge and belief that God was with me, and would heal me. We can think about our future in bleak terms, focusing on incontinence, sexual dysfunciton, and even death, or we can look forward to more time with loved ones and be willing to do what it takes to stay well for as long as we can.
I think that keeping a positive attitude, by whatever means, is just as important as the physical cancer treatments. The doctors do what they can do, but we have to work hard to heal ourselves. For me this is the biggest personal challenge. Maybe we can share ideas on what helps us to stay positive throughout this cancer journey?