Jun 14, 2013 - 9:47 pm
My name is Laz, I am a 48 year old man with a pretty bad rectal cancer. I just started my treatment with chemo and radiation, will have surgery in September ending with a permanent colostomy.
Mentally my days are like a roller coaster: sometimes I feel strong and optimistic, because I still have so much to offer to my patients, friends and my family (I am a very good and compassionate dentist), I have a 15 year old daughter and a beautiful, supportive wife. Other days I lose this optimism and start doubting the reason to fight and stay alive no matter what.
The reason I'm starting this topic is to ask all all of you about what keeps you motivated, what keeps you going? I believe it would be very insprational to share and give strenght to each other.
Who are the people (friends, family, doctors, nurses), what are the tasks (job, hobbies, excercise, charities), the things (foods, drinks, nature) and the inner and outer spiritual support (house of worship, God, spiritualism, meditation) that help to keep you going?
What kind of people and what are the things (pain, bad news) that break your spirit and drive the most and how do you wish to be treated better? How do you turn these negative things around to keep going?
I am sure we all ask ourselves these questions a lot so it would be great to write down answers for ourselves and for each other.
Thank You an God bless you,