Thursday, 11 June 2009
Pages 14 - 17
‘Cancer – 50 Essential Things to Do’ is a book by Greg Anderson which I used as a guide to journal what I needed to work through in the immediate aftermath of being diagnosed with Stage 4 Inflammatory Breast Cancer in February, 2006. In my head was the constant thought ‘you have Stage 4 cancer’ that thought knocked out every other thought that was in my head.
Quotes from the book will be in italics.
Make an Important Inquiry (5):
Most important information is the state-of-the-art treatment options on my type and stage of cancer.
Look for information on a body, mind, and spirit approach to overcoming cancer.
*Hold yourself accountable for having an intelligent working knowledge of the type and stage of your cancer diagnosis. Become knowledgeable on the preferred choices in conventional, complementary, and alternative treatments.
Angelique told me of a quote from Churchill ‘Remember, if you’re going through hell, keep going’.
Rethink the Statistics (6):
When you come across statistics that detail cancer incidence, mortality, and five-year survival rates – DO NOT let these statistics paralyze you.
*Statistics measure populations. They do not determine any individual case, including mine.
*No matter how difficult your situation, you must realize that there is no type of cancer that does not have some rate of survival.
Hope is my greatest ally.
Understand Your Conventional Treatment Options (7):
Research shows that surgery performed in the latter half of the menstrual cycle results in the fewest recurrences of breast cancer. (I never had surgery as I was now discovered to be Stage 4 and surgery is no longer an option as there is no cure only treatment.)
*The three outcomes which you must measure all treatments are: cures; extends life; or improves quality of life. (I am currently at the extend life stage.)
Gauge Your Confidence in Your Medical Team (8):
Intuition is important on how you feel about your team. I feel good about my team.
Conviction Versus Wishful Thinking (9):
I have a conviction that conventional treatment will help me beat cancer.
Reflect on the Treatment Decision (10):
I definitely feel comfortable with the place, St. Boniface Hospital, where I will receive my treatment. I am comfortable with the people who will give me treatment.
Conviction implies a sense of certainty.
Mobilize body, mind, and spirit.
There is power in decision. The cancer journey is made up of both little and big decisions.
Decision is the spark that ignites actions.
There is power in facing the fact that you have cancer.
*Decision frees us from many of the uncertainties caused by fear, doubt, and anxiety.
Decision awakens the spirit.
*Today is the day. Now is the hour. This is the moment!
Give Only Informed Consent (12):
You need to understand clearly and completely all to which you are consenting.
*Don’t be intimidated by medical lingo. Make sure you get information in a language you understand.
*artwork by Anno Mitsumasa