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    RonF asked a questionColorectal (Colon) Cancer

    Anyone have advice on ways to stay positive?

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      bmymom

      After undergoing what we thought was successful treatment for ldbcl, a few months later horrible symptoms, including total leg paralysis eventually led to diagnosis of primary CNS lymphoma - if you Google it, it is very bleak info from relatively recent years, citing short survival expectations, likely recurrence, not much hope, etc.

      While my initial treatment seemed to be working, we learned it reversed last week, so I am now going to md Anderson and seeing a nation's expert, who, after baseline testing has pretty much committed that we will beat this. He has the latest and greatest treatment options, and its true that more options come about every day. Articles as recent as 2011 basically said only a few years survival was likely, this doctor is citing 85% cure rate, so don't give up hope that new options may come available.

      On the news the other day, they addressed some new immune-therapy treatment and a lady with terminal brain cancer achieved total remission. And 5 years is just a guess. It could very well be 20 plus, so best to live your life in the most positive way you can. When I get down, I tell myself it could always be worse. At least I can walk again now - my friend was in an accident and will never walk again. On the good days, get as much out of life as possible. In some ways, having this cancer has improved my life in that I can now appreciate it and the people in it in a much deeper and more meaningful manner than I did before having this perspective.

      If you have family and friends that love you, days where you feel well enough to laugh and play, health insurance to ensure your continued care, then you have much more than so many people in this world - I too worry about being here to see my little girls grow up and in the end, it may be out of my control. But the days I am here, we are going to have a good time! Best of luck to you...

      almost 5 years ago
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      I was told my lung tumors were incurable and that I would be on chemo every 2 weeks for the rest of my life - only expected to be about 2 years. Then I began taking, (along with chemo, and a nebulizer from The Mediri Lung Foundation in Ashland, Oregon,) Chinese Medicine herbal remedies including turkey tail mushroom and 3 months later my 2nd and 3rd scans showed no tumors - they were gone. I'm just saying this because oncologists don't have ALL the answers and there are many things "our there" in the holistic world that have amazing healing properties. Find the right one for yourself and you can kiss the prognosis offered so far goodbye.

      almost 5 years ago
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      RonF,

      Thank you for sharing your question and reaching out to others. There are no right answers and everyone is different, but at WhatNext it seems that WhatNexters find gratitude to be helpful. Here is an article you might find helpful.

      http://www.whatnext.com/blog/posts/achieving-personal-wellness-with-an-attitude-of-gratitude

      Best wishes,
      David

      almost 5 years ago
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