If children have the ability to ignore all odds and percentages, then maybe we can all learn from them. When you think about it, what other choice is there but to hope? We have two options, medically and emotionally: give up, or Fight Like Hell. Lance Armstrong
How we feel when we are diagnosed with cancer is a mixture of all kinds of emotions. As an adult, we may be angry, scared, confused, sad, worried and many more negative feelings. We make up stories in our mind before events happen and this makes the scenario worst. There are so many resources to find information about our condition, websites online, all kinds of books with different options for treatment, and of course the public that all have their opinions.
Children, because of their innocence, tend to go with the flow. Their fears are mostly brought on by their parents and other adults that in their life. They will be scare when a procedure is being performed but that is because it is something new to them. Children do not have the know how to give up. They just automatically fight because they do not have all the life knowledge that adults do to make them not fight like hell.
So that as adults, to be able to fight we have to learn to be like the children. To do this we have to educate ourselves to our condition, to the procedures that are about to be performed, and also to be able to ask the right questions of the doctors so we know what is happening. Doctors and Oncologists are very busy and sometimes forget that we the patients might not understand things that to them are very straight forward. We have to know our odds and percentages, yet know that those are just numbers and stats and by fighting we can go against the norm and defeat the odds.
It has been said many times, that mind over body has slowed down, if not cured patients of a condition. Why is it when two people are diagnosed with the same condition, one gets through it with flying colors and the other just struggles or dies? Is it because of the state of mind, the willingness or unwillingness to fight, their religious beliefs, or the people that surround them and support them?
When diagnosed with cancer or any other disease, if you really want to live, you most have hope. To have hope, a positive mind and spirit is needed along with a supportive surrounding.