Millions of cancer patients have received successful treatment for the condition! While it seems at the time of diagnosis that there is no hope, know that you can be among those success cases. By following the treatment prescribed for your case, and having confidence in the experience of your doctors, you stand a great chance of survival.
In order to get through your treatments, it will help to maintain a positive attitude about your cancer treatment. While it may not cure you, this type of outlook will definitely make the side effects less and help you to stay healthy while being treated.
And, self-confidence and positive mental attitude will help you to keep your life as normal as possible – so that you feel like you are doing everything in your control not to let the cancer beat you. Rather, you will be the victor in this battle.
Pay attention to every positive step – when your blood tests come back with slightly more positive results, CELEBRATE! Every small positive will add to your list of achievements in the treatment of cancer. When a test result is more negative than you would like, celebrate your latest treatment. Enlist the support of your family and friends – to help you cope with the negative while focusing on the positive at all times. Sometimes, it may seem impossible to celebrate because you feel so bad. But, persevere and keep things positive!
Remember too, that you are never along in the fight against cancer. Millions are diagnosed with cancer each year. And in the future, millions more WILL be diagnosed. Your positive influence may be just what someone you love needs in the future when they are battling this horrible disease. Remembering your courage and strength may be enough to get them through one more day – and to make them join the ranks of the survivors.
Support groups are always available through the hospital, or maybe your doctor can make a recommendation. There are even online support groups for cancer patients who don’t feel up to traveling to meetings. Getting the help of those who understand is a great way to overcome the discouragement of cancer. Also, family members and friends are always there to listen and support you through your treatment. Try out different routes of getting support until you find something that works for you. If you still feel discouraged and in need of support, call a cancer counselor (get a recommendation from your physician or hospital). You have many opportunities to find the support you need, and if nothing else you may find that you develop lifelong friendships with people who really understand your struggle with cancer.
Keep your chin up, get help when you need it, and follow the advice of your doctor, and you will be well on your way to overcoming cancer.