I have always been fascinated by human
beings' will to live. This fascination has been greatly magnified with my diagnosis of prostate cancer.
The will to live is a deeply embedded force that resides within every person. People with prostate cancer---all cancer patients including me---seem to develop a protective yet realistic positive attitude that guides our journey.
Biologically, a positive attitude may or may not alter the course of destructive cancer cells. But I think that we are better able to cope with disease-related
problems and may respond better to treatment when our thoughts and actions are positive.
Recently, there has been a shift that we all have noticed in the treatment of cancers including prostate cancer. It relies on a balanced, focused approach.
Healingwell and your posts drive home my premise. I see TV commercials and your threads and posts emphasize the need for treating the "complete person."
We talk about
the need for positive emotional and psychological balance. We
emphasize good nutritional and exercise programs. In short, we have become more proactively involved in the treatment of prostate cancer.
And there is the added advantage of not having to fight prostate cancer alone. You and all the members of HealingWell always tell me I'm not alone on my journey.
The people who love us are a tremendous asset in our treatment. I have read posts by wives and parents and other loved ones who sometimes seem to lead the charge. And projecting a positive attitude will help them feel better, too
It's our combined positive attitudes, our willingness to share with and encourage each other that make us a force to be reckoned with.
Someday, a cure for prostate cancer will be found. And it will be found by people like us who believe the impossible is possible.
All Good Thoughts,
Biopsy: Gleason 10.
Hormone Therapy: 12/15/05
open Surgery: 2/14/06
EBRT: 6/5/06 thru 7/25/06
Diagnosis: T3b Seminal Vesicle Involvement, Gleason 5 + 4 = 9
Current PSA: .01
Post Edited (veteran1) : 7/4/2007 12:33:50 PM (GMT-6)