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    Hi Carool, This is Karen "Ella" Lord. I believe in thinking "Positive" as when you are in chemotherapy and the everyday depression that settled in, when I was in a fetal position in bed for 6 months. My grandmother would say,"Do not get discouraged". I believe that the mind has alot to do with the connection of the disease, at this point. This is on,y my opinion and I went through it. Thank you for your wonderful input, dear..;)

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      Karen, thank you for responding (I'm Carol Radsprecher, BTW)! I know that the support and care that loved ones give us patients - and I'm glad we're no longer patients - is of inestimable help. I can only imagine hie terrifying your illness was for you as a child. I'm a very skeptical, non-"spiritual" woman, who believes perhaps too strongly in the power of science and medicine to treat and even cure diseases, but I also believe that science doesn't understand (not yet, anyway) every aspect of how to heal and what aids healing. Anyway, a toast to your health, Karen!

      about 3 years ago
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    Genechick asked a questionLeukemia

    Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee (Emperor of All Maladies) said, As much as I love this man, Siddhartha Mukherjee, said: "A positive attitude does

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      I believe a positive attitude improves life for yourself and those around you. Period. I don't believe "attitude" whatever that is, causes or cures cancer. I recount every day all the things I have to be grateful for; I laugh, I joke, I have a great time, but if somebody gives me any of those awful slogans, like "attitude of gratitude," they risk a shot upside the head, just "because."

      But, that's just me. I certainly wouldn't discourage anything at all that, as they say, helps us make it through the night.

      about 3 years ago
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      Cas1, sorry for the loss of your sister. I don't think anyone was trying to say that people are dying of cancer of any type solely due to a poor attitude or trying to place any blame on anyone for not having a specific attitude. I also don't see a need to go on the attack. I have been in pre-hospital emergency care for 28 years and have seen probably more than my share of people die from a variety of causes, both disease process and traumatic injuries. I lost my mother to pancreatic cancer in 91 and certainly don't blame her or anyone else that loses their battle on whatever their attitude was. What I do believe though is that if a person gives up the will to live, they will not live through something like this, certainly some won't survive no matter what their attitude or treatment, but if they don't even try... You don't have to agree with me, that is simply my opinion and belief.

      about 3 years ago
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      I'm all for a positive attitude (if and when you can manage it). I feel uneasy that this could lead to self-blame : If I were more positive, I'd be getting better.

      almost 3 years ago
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    Did anyone receive VAMP treatments?

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      What an interesting story and I did read The Emperor of all Maladies, so I do recall. Welcome to the site, Carm RN.

      over 3 years ago
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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (VAMP): As I recall, I was 13, back in 1964. They told me years later that I had leukemia, as they did not want to cause emotions to cause a negative impact on the VAMP treatment (I was one of the first to receive the combination of drugs invented by Dana Farber). The treatments were intolerable. I will not get into it, right now as I need a better time to do this. Even though it happened in 1964, 1965, 1966, it is still fresh in my mind.