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Thank you all so much for your replies. Each of your answers was helpful to me in its own way and I am so grateful. I feel very lucky to have found this venue for which to reach out to all of you. It gives me such a sense of comfort. Thank you, again!
Staying positive is really hard!
So many great answers. Yes there are times when it's hard to stay positive. Both of my cancers came back - My stage 1 Kidney cancer was surgically removed (nephertcopmy) in Nov 1995 and metastasized to my liver in June/July 2009. I had a lumpectomy in 2010 for stage 1 trip neg breast cancer, followed by radiation treatment, I did not receive chemo, because I was and still am being treated for the Kidney cancer. In April/May of this year the a breast cancer lesion was discovered on my liver during a follow up scan.
I have my days, heck weeks where I feel everything is bleak. I remind myself that the oral chemo that kept my kidney cancer stable was approved only a few weeks before I was put on it. That there are many new treatments in the pipeline, and that I am still here kicking and screaming.
At the time of my diagnosis (2006) I had two very small grandchildren. They were the reasons I stayed as positive as I possibly could during my treatment. They would bring me pictures that they had drawn that I kept on my refrigerator and I would laugh each time I looked at them. My husband became my caretaker (something he was not at all comfortable doing at the time), but he did it with grace and it prepared me to take care of him when he developed leukemia and eventually died. Every day is a gift and what we do with that gift is what makes us who we are. God Bless.
I had Thyroid Cancer in 1984, Right Breast Cancer stage 4 in 2006, Left Breast Cancer non-invasive in 2008 and thyroid cancer again in 2010. During all of this I put myself in my oncologists and endo doctors hands, used my support (family and friends) as they felt they needed, and prayed (All things are possible thru Christ, who is my strength) and last of all look forward in life. Don't look back, find a song that inspires you (Josh Wilson - I Refuse) and write the words out, post it where you will see it every day, find a saying that reminds you why your a survivor (Max Lucado - Today I Will Make A Difference). Enjoy the life that has been given you and count your past experience as part of who you are today. I would not be the person I am today without these experiences, I currently have active thyroid nodules in my throat that are so tiny and slow growing that while we watch them, I do not let them control my thoughts of life. Live life, be there for your family and those whom you cherish, no one knows what tomorrow will bring but be ready for an adventure that will enhance who you are and how you can help others.
I was diagnosed in Jan, 2011, and finished chemo / radiation in August of that same year. I was stage 1 - good news, but certainly no guarantee, right? Seems like i am hearing more and more about cancer returning a second time. Friends - good friends - who fought this once, did everything they were supposed to - including staying positive - and, yet, this disease still manages to find it's way back. I know that everyone is different, that I need to stay positive, live each day to the fullest, take care of myself, etc. It's just really hard not to think that one day.......