OMG I have Cancer!
Youíve recently been diagnosed with cancerÖOH MY GOD, I HAVE CANCER!!!!
Itís perfectly normal for you to have a humongous swing of emotions during this time. I know from my experience that I usually pass through the self-pity stage in about 4 hours. From there I feel despair and depression for about another 3 hours. And eventually I settle back into my ďPositive Mental AttitudeĒ place where I have spent the last 8 years and 4 bouts with cancer.
Once you stop reeling from your diagnosis, youíre gonna need to put together a plan for dealing with this disease and its treatments. Iím going to share with you a few of the tips I give in my new book; This Timeís a Charm, in hopes that they will help you start this process:
"Over my years during and post cancer, many people have asked me for advice for loved ones recently diagnosed. Iím honored to be in a position to give them advice. To quote a Chinese Proverb: ďTo know the road ahead, ask those coming back.Ē Iím going to end this book by giving you all of the advice that I have given others in hopes that you will apply it to your own situation.
I hope by this point in the book you realize that cancer is NOT a death sentence. It is not a medieval plague. In fact, did you know that a cancer cell is simply a normal cell that is immortal? Itís true. All cells have a lifespan and are supposed to die off on schedule to retain the bodyís balance. But cancer cells never die, they just keep multiplying. They multiply until they get in the way of a normal organ or system.
Step One: Change the way you view your disease.
Release the fear youíre holding inside. Donít spend energy trying to understand why or how you got cancer. Focus on the task at hand, getting better. Spend time thinking about how incredible the anatomy of your body is. How complex of a machine you really are. Admire your own engineering.
Step Two: Believe that you have the power to heal yourself with the right positive attitude.
Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, explained that the body, specifically the mind, is its own pharmacy. He knew that patients had the power to heal themselves if they really believed they could. Thatís why graduating doctors today still take the Hippocratic oath. In a nutshell, doctors pledge: ďAbove all else, do no harm.Ē Hippocrates wanted to make sure that the medical intervention doctors give never interferes with the patientís own ability to cure himself. Thatís a powerful philosophy that I believe has been lost in todayís modern medicine.
Step Three: Do your own research about your disease.
Donít just rely on what your doctors tell you. Some oncologists are excellent doctors who understand the mind/body connection and can act as your coach when you need someone to inspire you. But unfortunately, a lot of doctors have their heads down and spend their day mired in the statistics of your particular cancer. Said differently, you are your disease to them and they go about treating you the way they were taught to and never deviate. Thatís why you need to be an expert in your disease. At times you will be called upon to make very important decisions in your treatment process. Make an informed decision."