Many people are rebuilding their lives after a cancer diagnosis, so I want to give you some tips for easing the “C” word diagnosis. It’s a diagnosis that is handed out too often in the U.S. these days and it’s something that nobody wants to receive. The impact of a cancer diagnosis can very negatively affect the patient, the family, friends, neighbors, physical health, mindset, attitude, outlook, work capability, and basically everything. In this post, I want to share some important information that will help should you or a loved one ever receive that type of diagnosis.
Take a Deep Breath
First, do not panic! That’s right! Take a deep breath, try to minimize stress, and do not make quick, panicky, impulsive decisions. There are many effective, successful, alternative cancer treatments available. And yes, they are adding years to peoples’ lives. Unfortunately, not enough people know this because treating cancer is a multi-billion dollar industry. If natural treatments and cures exist, who would stand to lose money? The patient? Or, the doctor, hospitals, and pharmaceutical companies?
I’ve had loved ones pass away because of cancer, but the most recent one was my dear friend of many years. He received a cancer diagnosis from an oncologist who told him that he was definitely going to die. To make matters worse, at each visit with that oncologist, he said the same thing again to my friend and his sister. A diagnosis of that type is difficult enough to process, but to dump additional negativity on a patient and his family like that is not right. I remember how appalled I was when my friend told me what the doctor said. I was further saddened at how the doctor repeated that statement at each visit. This is a time when compassionate and sensitive communication and care are needed. My friend said that he quickly reminded the doctor that he (the doctor) was not God and that my friend would live until God chose otherwise. However, the doctor’s words rang in my friend’s ears and in his sister’s ears. It was a horrible time for them because they had no other oncologist in their area.
I’m reminded of a previous blog I wrote on The Power of Words and the impact that words have in and on our lives. What a negative impact that doctor’s words had on my friend and his sister! He was treated by a professional who they expected to be compassionate, but who actually seemed not to care. Not once. When a cancer diagnosis is heard, it can be shocking and life-changing. It can knock the wind out of a person for a while. In fact, for many who are already sick, it is easy for them to lose hope with every negative word spoken. So stay positive and speak words that will bring life to everybody dealing with the diagnosis rather than speaking doom and gloom. If you believe in God as I do, trust God to give you the wisdom to know what to do and to get you through. You can ask others to pray for you or the person with the diagnosis too.
Learn All You Can
Second, do your own research. That’s right. Knowledge is power. Educate yourself. With the internet at your fingertips, I dare you to be an active participant in your care(or your friend’s care) by educating yourself and others and by doing whatever research is needed to find what will be helpful for the diagnosis received. There are many helpful sites for learning about alternative cancer treatment options. Having been an advocate for natural health alternatives for many years, when my friend received a cancer diagnosis I was determined to find better and less toxic solutions than the chemo and radiation offered by the oncologist.
My dad passed away with cancer nearly 18 years ago, so I started researching alternative cancer options at that time, but got busy after his death and never resumed my research. Throughout my friend’s illness, I did massive research and that’s why I want others to know that there are healthier options.
In my research, I learned that the alternative cancer therapy experts say that chemo kills the cancer cells, but it does not kill the cancer stem cells. So while the chemo may kill the cancer cells initially, because it does not kill the cancer stem cells, the cancer will often come back later and will be far worse than before. So do your research! A great place to start researching is on a website called, The Truth About Cancer at www.thetruthaboutcancer.com.com. Ty Bollinger runs this site and is a cancer survivor on a mission to educate others that cancer can be cured. He and his wife are the real deal. They’re passionate about helping others learn the truth because Ty lost about seven (7) loved ones to cancer.
Third, be aware that there is a push to start treatment fast. My friend was told that he must start 12 sessions of chemotherapy immediately. So he did. He started but stopped after 8 sessions because he became very sick. You decide when to stop and start. Yes, do your research, listen to what medical experts say, but also listen carefully to what alternative care experts say because they will offer far less toxic treatment. Consider the pros and cons of each choice when making your decisions.
Fourth, you have a say in this because it’s your body. No need to be pushed into doing what you’re not sure about. If you do not like the idea of sitting in a chemo center for several hours while they intravenously push toxic chemicals into your bloodstream, then look for healthier alternatives that are out there. If the thoughts of having radiation to burn tumors (along with other parts of your body in the path of the radiation) do not appeal to you, then be sure to search for healthier alternatives that will build up your immune system. You want your immune system to be strong and built up so it can effectively fight the cancer, rather than to be devastated by chemicals or radiation.
Develop a Plan
Fifth, call or email and ask questions about alternative cancer therapies. There are many people who have beat cancer using a variety of vitamins or supplements. Along with that, some have used carrot juice, others have focused on using certain types of vitamin C, and some have used essiac tea, etc. The Truth About Cancer is a good educational site for starters. Follow the links from there if you find something that you want to study further. I’m not saying that you can do only one thing to beat cancer. There are many options and it often takes many things to get the job done well.
Make Lifestyle Changes
Sixth, get plenty of walking and aerobic exercise, quality sleep, decrease stress however you can, and let healthy food be your medicine. Eating sugar is like adding gasoline to a fire, because it makes cancer cells grow. Did you know that?
I’m simply saying here that you have choices. Do your research, ask questions, and decide what will work best for you. You must be prepared to take action and to do what’s needed to beat the cancer and to maintain that level of health for the rest of your life. As you can see, the impact of a cancer diagnosis can be life-changing in many ways, but never give up!
Hopefully, this post has started you thinking about what choices might be out there that you’ve never considered. I would like to hear your thoughts on the possibility of beating cancer naturally and/or the impact that someone’s cancer diagnosis has had on your life. Thank you for reading and for sharing your thoughts.