Real talk on what it's like to survive cancer


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I have cancer. I was diagnosed on April 2, 2013. I hope to God I can make 12 years or better, but as with her in the article, the odds are against me. I have a bad kind of cancer. The fear is always with you. But there's hope too. We live in a pretty cool time, and I know cancer is beatable, will someday be curable for good. Maybe someday soon. I hope.


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But there's hope too.

IMO, that a healthy attitude if you can muster it. It's well known that stress (and certain levels of constant pessimism) can make people sicker. Also, even if something is "inevitable" I'd rather have a better outlook on the way.

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-athletes-way/201301/cortisol-why-the-stress-hormone-is-public-enemy-no-1

Anecdotally, I'm friends with an older surfer who beat cancer (been in remission a very long time) and responded remarkably to chemo. Then again, he has the determination of a tank rolling through battle and a positive outlook with a good sense of humor to boot. On the other hand, I've seen far less kill stressed out, perpetual pessimists.

I wish you better health in the future.


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