• Is a positive attitude really required for your treatment to be successful?

    Asked by Bellamore on Monday, June 11, 2012

    Is a positive attitude really required for your treatment to be successful?

    While anything is possible, and I do have faith, the realist in me seems to smother any positive thoughts I have. It's been seven months since my diagnosis (Cholangiocarcinoma Stage 4) and I'm already weary of it all.

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    • Bashiemn's Avatar
      Bashiemn

      I think a positive attitude helps immensely. I find laughter really is the best medicine, so I try to laugh as much as possible. That said, I have had plenty of bad days and plenty of moments where the uncertainty and general struggle got to be a bit much and I had to talk about the possible negative outcome. Or just cry. It's okay. Many don't want to hear this, but I think it's healthy to understand that life isn't hunky dory and having a good friend or family member, or therapist helps. People who aren't going to tell you to stay positive when you don't want to be.

      If you don't want to be positive all the time, don't. If they don't like it...too bad. But I say that it is so worth it to remain positive MOST of the time. See comedies and laugh a LOT and at least you will feel better during those times.

      When I started chemo, my cousin was just going back to work having finished chemo and radiation. We had coffee one day and laughed about all of the side affects and how ridiculous it all is. That was helpful. I laugh every time i experience a side effect now.

      Good luck and much love to you.

      about 7 years ago
    • Bashiemn's Avatar
      Bashiemn

      I think a positive attitude helps immensely. I find laughter really is the best medicine, so I try to laugh as much as possible. That said, I have had plenty of bad days and plenty of moments where the uncertainty and general struggle got to be a bit much and I had to talk about the possible negative outcome. Or just cry. It's okay. Many don't want to hear this, but I think it's healthy to understand that life isn't hunky dory and having a good friend or family member, or therapist helps. People who aren't going to tell you to stay positive when you don't want to be.

      If you don't want to be positive all the time, don't. If they don't like it...too bad. But I say that it is so worth it to remain positive MOST of the time. See comedies and laugh a LOT and at least you will feel better during those times.

      When I started chemo, my cousin was just going back to work having finished chemo and radiation. We had coffee one day and laughed about all of the side affects and how ridiculous it all is. That was helpful. I laugh every time i experience a side effect now.

      Good luck and much love to you.

      about 7 years ago
    • mspinkladybug's Avatar
      mspinkladybug

      YES.... mind is very powerful when told people they woild die in 2 weeks they would go home and be dead by the 2 week time frame why cus they were told to die and they given up on hope. this is a proven fact.
      think of the little train that could.

      about 7 years ago

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