DAY 1: HOPE, OPTIMISM, AND A FIGHTING SPIRIT

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DAY 1: HOPE, OPTIMISM, AND A FIGHTING SPIRIT

DAY 1: HOPE, OPTIMISM, AND A FIGHTING SPIRIT

Focus on the parts of your body that are working properly, not on the cancer. Since you are alive enough to read this book, then something and perhaps quite a bit are working in your body. Give thanks for everything that you can think of. Thanksgiving is a healing balm on the body and soul.

What are your priorities in life? Have they changed since finding out about your cancer diagnosis? Have they changed for the better? Is it possible that cancer has become a life-threatening, yet valuable wakeup call for you?

We are all going to die. The question is not "if", but rather "when". For cancer patients, sometimes this "when" becomes a more immediate issue. But our finite lives should be an issue for all of us, all of the time. Life is precious. Not to be wasted. Many of us cram our days with minutia, trivial details. We spend too much time worrying about insignificant events and lose sight of the real issues in life:

  • be here now
  • value your mission
  • cherish your friends and family
  • savor sunsets and sunrises
  • soak up the beauty and music and laughter and play that is all around you, but drowned out by the cacophony of crass commercialism
  • be at peace with your Creator, however you conceive that Higher Power People beat cancer all the time. But fear of death is not a reason to live.

What do you want them to say at your funeral? "Look, I think she's moving!!" perspective for the truly memorable things in life. Build a fighting "can-do" spirit that will serve you well for the coming journey of treating your cancer. Find a "co-patient", a loved one, or family member who is so supportive that they will keep you motivated when you have run out of steam. Be Enthusiastic. The word "enthusiasm" comes from the Greek words meaning "God within". With joy, enthusiasm, appreciation, and altruism, we literally become a conduit for God's life itself.

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