SURVIVAL AFTER CANCER

I’d like to give people some hope. The key to survivorship is to keep your goals and your dreams alive. If you lose that you have lost everything. It doesn’t matter how old you are, just keep on and even if you don’t achieve -who cares! It was fun thinking about it. If you do, it’s a bonus, and if you don’t well at least you tried.
Barbara
Survival! The end of the ride! How do survivors behave? What do they do? What do they look like? What is their secret?
Survival and ‘cure’ is every cancer patient’s goal and the issue that dominates all aspects of cancer treatment. Survival is not only about avoiding early death, but also about continuing life with a measure of pleasure and purpose well after treatment and recovery has finished. As you may know, cancer forces a reframing of not only our life goals and ambitions, but also identity and purpose for both the patient and the carer. Survival is also about outlasting the disease; about having the cancer in your body being eradicated as quickly as possible with the least amount of physical and emotional impact. It is about retaining aspects of our personality and prior dreams and ambitions and accepting our new found wisdom. However, regardless of what our experience is with cancer, and our prognosis, we will continue to exist and survive until our last breath. It is how we approach that ‘existence’ that determines the quality of ‘survival’.
Once women and their loved ones can resume living lives with meaning and purpose, it can be concluded that you have passed the survival phase. Many at this stage lose their identity as a cancer ‘patient’ or even ‘survivor’. Such renewed living can reinvigorate you, defining a new life with new meaning and goals, and dilute the enormity of awareness and reality of mortality.
So in that context, what do we mean by survival?
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SURVIVAL AFTER CANCERI’d like to give people some hope. The key to survivorship is to keep your goals and your dreams alive. If you lose that you have lost everything. It doesn’t matter how old you are, just keep on and even if you don’t achieve -who cares! It was fun thinking about it. If you do, it’s a bonus, and if you don’t well at least you tried.      BarbaraSurvival! The end of the ride! How do survivors behave? What do they do? What do they look like? What is their secret?Survival and ‘cure’ is every cancer patient’s goal and the issue that dominates all aspects of cancer treatment. Survival is not only about avoiding early death, but also about continuing life with a measure of pleasure and purpose well after treatment and recovery has finished. As you may know, cancer forces a reframing of not only our life goals and ambitions, but also identity and purpose for both the patient and the carer. Survival is also about outlasting the disease; about having the cancer in your body being eradicated as quickly as possible with the least amount of physical and emotional impact. It is about retaining aspects of our personality and prior dreams and ambitions and accepting our new found wisdom. However, regardless of what our experience is with cancer, and our prognosis, we will continue to exist and survive until our last breath. It is how we approach that ‘existence’ that determines the quality of ‘survival’.Once women and their loved ones can resume living lives with meaning and purpose, it can be concluded that you have passed the survival phase. Many at this stage lose their identity as a cancer ‘patient’ or even ‘survivor’. Such renewed living can reinvigorate you, defining a new life with new meaning and goals, and dilute the enormity of awareness and reality of mortality.So in that context, what do we mean by survival?*68/144/5*

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