Living with cancer blog
What is resilience? For you as a cancer survivor, it might be defined as the ability to recover, the strength to move forward, and the awareness of the needs of your own body.
Resilience is a strength that comes from within and is self-motivating. Research has shown that cancer survivors, when questioned, many times identify their own inner strength as one of the primary sources of strength as they experience and recover from a cancer diagnosis and treatment.
Many of you can identify with this concept, although it may be hard to put into words at first. Here are a few thoughts to consider as you reflect on your own resilience:
- How do you bounce back from difficult situations?
- What are your coping mechanisms?
- How do you gain strength and courage to move forward? What motivates you?
- Are you able to ask for help when you need it? What is your support system?
- What inspires you and makes you feel whole as a person?
I have met so many survivors who have this amazing ability to survive and thrive despite the physical and emotional stress of cancer. Please share your thoughts on this topic. I would love to hear your opinion on what you feel is resilience and how this inner strength has helped you in your experience.
Aug. 27, 2011