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    teachdent asked a questionSarcoma - Adult Soft Tissue Cancer

    How have you emotionally & spirituallydealt with your diagnosis? The stress and fear? What gives you comfort? Hope?

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      RuthAnne

      What has helped bring me peace (and this may be unpopular) was to thoroughly examine and come to terms with death and our temporary state as human beings. I read many biographies and autobiographies of people who have suffered and died from cancer and other diseases. Once I came to see that my situation was not special or unique, and that death and disease is a part of life, I stopped worrying about it so much. As a result, I am ably to live freely, openly, and (relatively) free of fear. I may die of cancer, I may get hit by a cab walking across the street tomorrow. Whatever comes, I am happily living now.

      almost 5 years ago
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      wvgal68

      I tell people that my attitude is a combination of denial, hope and faith. I do realize that I have stage IV cancer, and that it's not going away, and it will kill me at a young age. But, I have faith that everything will be all right. I have hope that I can continue to live for several years yet, I have faith that there will be something discovered that can let me control this disease.

      Other than that, I have seen psychologist on two different circumstances, once when I was newly diagnosed, and at the point that you are when you posted this question. The second time when I was having problems with anxiety prior to chemo.

      I have read of lot of positive thinking/survivor books. I may only find one sentence or paragraph that helps me, but those little nuggets are there.

      Other than that, I really make an attempt to enjoy the moment, and thank God that I can.

      about 4 years ago
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      acalltofaith

      I know it may sound corny, but as a survivor of Ewing's Sarcoma, I sought solace in prayer, and having prayer groups pray for me. And it worked! Don't get me wrong, I still had bad days and times, but as a four-time cancer survivor, I knew to put my faith first. You can become stress free in knowing that if you have faith, the other things are less important, and you will know how to live today, and realize that it is just a short walk on this earth, and you will be set for eternity and whatever comes at you in this temporal world. I wrote a book on my story entitled, "A Call to Faith, the Journey of a Cancer Survivor." If you would like a copy, you can email me your address and I would love for you to have it. Peace.

      about 4 years ago
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