I talked about different books that we have read in my last posting and many were beneficial in a couple of ways.
First for the information and knowledge that others have in the areas of diet, nutrition, cancer care, cancer treatments and technology. Information that helps you feel better and fight cancer.
The second thing I got out of many of these books was a better mind set on my personal internal battle and the things I thought about.
This battle you are fighting is not just won or lost in the operating room or in the chemotherapy chair or in the test facilities. A big part if not the biggest part is won or lost in your thoughts and in YOU!
If I started to read a book or an article that gave me the AVERAGE numbers of survival for a given cancer or the success of an operation or results of a chemo treatment, I simply did not read it. I was NOT going to be AVERAGE.
If your really want to get into a pity party then you read those number and you start believing you only have X number of months to live. I refused to do so.
SO, HOW did I keep such a positive outlook when the numbers stated otherwise?
First was my support team which started with my wife and family. This was and still is the biggest light at the end of my tunnel. It is why I keep on making it to the next day and the next event.
Second is the trust and belief I have in my medical team. Starting with my Family doctor, my amazing surgeon, and finally to the doctor that orchestrates it all, my oncologist. The one thing that I would share with you is to find the very best medical team you can for your cancer.
Travel to a specialist in your cancer may or may not be involved or even possible, but if it is then make the trip. You can often do your chemo treatments in your home town if need be, but find the oncologist that specializes in your cancer type. This may save your life!
The third thing I did to keep my mind and spirit in the “right place” is in what I listened to. I’ve always like music and some types of music were/are a big part of what I listen to, but the spoken word had an impact on me.
I listened to Joel Osteen , “Your Best Life Now” many times. I listened to James Earl Jones narrate the Bible, “The Secret”, and “Healing with Angels” by Doreen Virtue, Anthony Robbins in "Awaken The Giant Within" and more. (See links to the right for these books and audios)
All of these and more, many more offered me a chance to close the outside world out and focus on the inside and what I was thinking about.
I also found that I needed a purpose in life. A reason to get up and get going in the morning. So, I started looking for ways to make some kind of income from home on my computer. I have always been an entrepreneur type person.
It couldn’t be too involved, because the chemo and pain medication often time affect my ability to focus for very long. With 3 operations, I was down and off the radar screen for weeks sometimes. So, it had to be something that I could work on, read, implement and leave for days or even weeks. Something that didn’t cost a fortune to start up and was pretty easy.
Again to the right I have a link to “Build a Business on a Budget”. There are many more things out there on the web, but this one got me to doing something and got me to engage my mind in something other than my illness and how I was feeling that day.
I got to where I looked forward to getting emails from this company and working with the tool set that was included. If nothing else it got me to see another industry and another side to things with the possibility of how it could help me implement some other things down the road.
Till next time – ENJOY THE DAY!
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This is very exciting news. We are all one step closer to fighting our cancer type with drugs like this. YOU JUST MAKE IT! AND YOU KEEP MAKING IT!