I remember at one point a couple of years ago asking my doctor, "What do you feel are the common denominators in your patients that survived?" I knew this was a loaded question perhaps, and of course, subjective, but my curious nature couldn't help but inquire.
His response? "Well, I think it might be a lot of things, but a positive attitude gets you far."
At the time, I was satisfied with his answer (because it made sense to me), but then I decided to do a little of my own research in finding out what other possible "common denominators" there might be between cancer survivors.
Now, my conclusion (after talking to lots of cancer survivors)...And I admit is totally MY own opinion. I have met a lot of cancer survivors, and many who were given a poor prognosis just like me. Upon talking to them and getting to hear their stories, I believe that my doctor is right, attitude is everything.
And I mean EVERYTHING.
People who ignore the statistics, I think, in general fare better.
People who maintain a positive outlook on life and throughout their challenges, in my opinion, often do better than those who have a poor attitude.
Those that don't give up because that isn't even an option, live longer.
But there's more. I think there are some other common denominators between cancer survivors:
1. They are their own best advocates when it comes to their health care.
2. They have a good support network.
3. They believe in a God or some "supreme being" and exercise their faith.
4. They do everything they can to have success with treatments. They adopt a healthier lifestyle. Or maybe that means "thinking outside of the box" and combining uncoventional with conventional treatments.
5. They take risks (such as choosing a cutting-edge chinical trial).
6. They enjoy life despite their challenges and set-backs.
7. They are happy.
8. They allow others to help and support them when times call for it--physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.
9. They take care of themselves, eating healthy and exercising.
10. Last but not least, they pray. The power of prayer is a real!
I'm sure there are many more common denominators. I know that even if one has all of these attributes it doesn't mean they will get the desired outcome, but I don't think they hurt either!
What has helped you survive cancer?