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We've talked about related topics on the blog — including resiliency and the power of positive thinking — however, this week I'd like to discuss hope. Keeping a sense of hope can improve your resilience and add to your ability to endure difficult moments.
While you can't change what happened in the past, you can be hopeful for the future. Hope can help you deal with change, and have a positive impact on your recovery and healing.
People who are hopeful have a positive outlook on the future. This positive outlook provides a motivation to take better care of themselves, practice healthy behaviors, accept and overcome obstacles, and adhere to their treatment plan.
Researchers have shown a strong link between hope and emotional well-being. This link can in turn, affect our physical well-being. Being hopeful can help shield you from the effects of stress and anxiety.
I thought I'd add a few thoughts on being hopeful that might be helpful to consider:
Having hope can help you navigate the ups and downs of living with cancer. How has being hopeful made a difference for you?
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For those of us who have had a failed reconstruction and live with constant pain there is little to be hopeful about, except perhaps a quick death. The treatments for cancer are sometimes worse than the disease.
Joanne, I like that - we must take each day one at a time and try not to be bitter and concentrate on getting better. Attitude is crucial. Thank you.
TLC, I too want to live a long life (if it is God's will) and share things with my family. Especially the grandchildren. They are so sweet and innocent. Hope and faith are very important in prolonging our life. Thank you.
Anna, I can somewhat relate to your struggle with Xeloda. What a strong drug. It is one of the more aggressive types of treatment. I landed in the hospital both times I was given Xeloda. My body could not handle it. I actually thought I was dying. Hats off to you that you can actually handle this drug and I hope it will be enough to rid you of your cancer and you will not have to take it for ever. We just take one day at a time and hope and pray for the best. Yes there are bad days for all of us, but we are still here so that is where the hope and faith comes in. We keep our appointments we take our medicines we do our scans. It will get better, Hang in there.
"Bitter or Better?" A fellow cancer patient shared this mantra with me. My cancer journey hasn't been easy or without difficulties, but I won't give up as I have hope for my future.
If cancer returns, I will face my challenges.
I agree you Anna. I think that the meaning of hope shifted for me when I was diagnosed Colorectal Cancer Lynch Syndrome. Hope was let me see my grand kids long enough that they will remember me, hope was that I had not passed the gene to any of my 3 kids, hope was that I would not be incontinent of stool while working as a RN. Now I still hope for all of this and have been able to become more grounded in longer term home and more global hope, peace, basic medical care for all US residences, solutions to hunger and obesity etc.
I do think that as a surviver which we are as soon as we are diagnosed and take to first set p for treatment that anything we can think of as important to give us inspiration helps create a hopeful way on the cancer journey.
Your outlook on hope is interesting. The fact I have been taking xeloda for almost 2 years now would indicate hope. Hope that it will prolong my life. However, it is pretty hard to hope when one does not know what they are hoping for....one month, two years, live to be 80 etc. It is pretty hard to think that way when at the end of each cycle when the medicine is at it's peak and I am tired, stomach burning and food does not taste good. Tomorrow is scan day and my hope is for improvement. But how does one hope for a future when you have been told you will need to do this the rest of your life. I agree hope is important for some people but it does not come easy. We can hope for a new research to come through to rid our bodies of this disease eating at us. Sorry, I cannot always be upbeat. My hope is for myself as well as for all others inflicted the energy to endure this journey. Hope that my friends will not forsake me and hope for doctors to be compassionate and good listeners as well as gaining new knowledge everyday. My faith has helped me through in the Eternal Life yet it is frightening. How has Hope been helpful to me. I am not sure that I or anyone else can answer that. The fear is always there but it does keep me taking the medicine despite knowing how it makes me feel. Pretty negative but truthful.
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