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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Lessons That Cancers Teach

My positive outcome to date with a 2.5-year battle with cancer and, then, full remission from mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) since August 22, 2007 prompts numerous questions about my personal emotional strength to deal with the life-threatening disease. For sure, my own experiences seem to mirror those written by the following author. One thing is certain: the inner strength that Dee Dee and I mustered for this battle did not appear overnight. We drew upon the reserve that had been built throughout our 37+ years of marriage and from the years that began very early in life. What is your experience? Please provide your comments below.
How you react in a crisis, how you make decisions, whom you turn to for support—these are part of the essence of who you are. The core values that were important to you before your diagnosis will be what helps you deal with it now. Some people are truly changed by the experience, but you may just find that when you resume your life, you’ll want to celebrate the person you always were, and still are.
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Cancer Doesn’t Change Who You Are, It Confirms Who You Are
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Emotional well-being doesn't affect cancer outcome

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The results of a new study provide no evidence to support the notion that patients with cancer can influence the course or outcome of their cancer by making changes to improve their emotional well-being or, in particular, that psychotherapy can help them live longer.

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