Cancer Survivors

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Published: 22nd December 2006
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If you or your loved ones have experienced the terrifying prognosis of cancer or another terminal illness, it may feel like a horrendous internal terror attack. Terror has many faces and forms. Today the word terror is associated with terrorist bombing or victimization of varying types. Webster's definition is from the Latin terror, is related to the Greek 'trein'- to be afraid, flee, to tremble. In general, terror is a state of intense fear to the point of trembling.


When we first received the news of our mother being diagnosed with bone marrow cancer we internalized the news-we trembled at the thought of the suffering and death, which is associated with bone marrow cancer. Generally, when one receives distressing news, we tend to experience a mental battle (internal terror attack), especially when the news is equivalent to a death warrant.


We spent countless months at the renown, MD Anderson in Texas, trying to focus on the positive aspects. It was extremely difficult because death was all around us. More than a few people we met at the cancer center had less than a year to live. The atmosphere was less than depressing. The center's only smiling faces were toddlers who were running around laughing unaware that, their prognosis (in many cases was less than 6 months to live) was worse than the adults.


As stated per the above definition 'terror' is intense fear. Physiologically, this internalized fear does not help the situation, since it makes matters worse for the victim and the support team. Once we realized that our fear, anguish and lack of faith were not improving morale, we then read about cancer survivors-terminal illness success stories and naturopathic cures. We started asking ourselves a few questions.


What are the attitudes of the terminal illness survivors? How are they different? The following are characteristics evident in those who have survived countless terminal illnesses.


  1. Positive Self-Talk: Terminal illness survivors spend countless hours proactively talking themselves into good health. Remember Lance Armstrong, 7 times champion cyclist, Tour de France. Lance is an expert at talking to his body, demanding that it submit to his every request for performance. Lance feeds his mind positive words on a regular basis.


  2. Monitor negative exposure: Terminal illness survivors don't spend too much time with negative news, but concentrate on seeing themselves completely healthy. Stay away from negative people who are void of words of hope.


  3. Support Team: Terminal illness survivors have family or loved ones who are encouraging them constantly to fight tenaciously for life.


  4. Proper eating and regular Exercise: >/b> Terminal illness survivors develop a regiment of exercise and proper eating of nutritious food. Many take nutraceuticals to offset cell destruction.


  5. High Spirited-Passionate: Terminal illness survivors persevere and never give up on themselves even when discouraged. They are winners who never quit.


  6. Visionary: Terminal illness survivors have future plans of accomplishments. They are goal setters and aim high at reaching their potential.


  7. Strong faith: Terminal illness survivors believe in victory over their illness. Ernest Dimnet, a French Clergyman stated, "Everyone has a success mechanism and a failure mechanism. The failure mechanism goes off by itself. The success mechanism only goes off with a goal. Every time we write down and talk about a goal we push the button to start the success mechanism."[1866-1954].


Terminal illness seems to be a test of perseverance, stamina and just your will to live. These survivors must constantly encourage themselves. A very wise man once said that speaking useless damaging words is like piercing yourself through with a sword, but words of wisdom and encouragement are healing to your body[King Solomon]. We dedicate out website to the men and women who under difficult circumstances continue to fight for survival in a world where life is filled with transition.

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