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Destination CANCER………..how did you/ I get there?

Cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the body. Cancerous cells are also called malignant cells.  Cells are the building blocks of living things.Cancer grows out of normal cells in the body. Normal cells multiply when the body needs them, and die when the body doesn’t need them. Cancer appears to occur when the growth of cells in the body is out of control and cells divide too quickly. It can also occur when cells forget how to die.

My experience and theory expands upon the scientific and physical condition of cancer.  I think of cancer as a destination, upon diagnosis, you have arrived in “Cancerville”.  But it begs the question, what drove me/you to cancer?  What factors have played into your/my physical condition that have resulted in a cancer diagnosis? If I answered this question about any other actual destination, you might answer, a car, a plane, a boat.  In reality the answer when looked at in a micro examination would be: an engine, tires, fuel, combustion, physics, invention and I could go on and on.  All these things working in concert actually deliver you to your destination.

When facing cancer, it is best to look at your diagnosis in the same way.  Everything that you come in contact with, spiritually, emotionally, physically, nutritionally; leaves an impression upon you in someway.  That means EVERYTHING, no exception.  Your oncologist will give you treatment that will treat the cancer cells that are circulating in your body, but that has no effect on the vehicle that drove you to cancer.  He can not affect the factors that drove you to cancer in the first place.  Yes, I am saying there is some personal responsibility in preventing a recurrence of cancer.  You can not expect to return to the same life you had before cancer and not have a large chance of recurrence.

Example:  Let’s say you were very health conscience before your diagnosis:  eating well and exercising regularly.  You were not overweight and took your health fairly seriously BUT you were in a crazy, stressful relationship and were neglecting your spiritual life.  Next stop……..Cancer diagnosis.  If after your cancer treatment you return to that same crazy existence, chance of recurrence is HIGH.  Back to the vehicle analogy: to change the destination, you must completely change direction.

Inversely, I am not saying that all recurrences are self-induced but many unwittingly are.  I have written this post to encourage cancer patients to examine their post cancer lives.  Be diligent about the spirit, mind, body connection.  Remember, everything makes an impression; so positive people, environments, good nutrition, exercise, meditation/prayer are crucial.  To neglect these areas, is to point your vehicle towards cancer once again.

I was blessed that I could not return to my crazy pre-cancer existence.   Everything from my pre-cancer life was gone in the first several weeks of diagnosis.  The true challenge comes when you are still in that stressful marriage, at the stressful job etc.  I admonish you to protect yourself as much as you can.  Create boundaries and stress-free zones for yourself.  Nurture and love yourself and you would your own child…….you are Precious and your life is worth every bit off effort you can manage to direct towards HEALTH.

I take a pill everyday called Tamoxifen to block the hormonal influences on my breast tissue but trust me, that is a minuscule part of what I do to try to prevent my cancer from coming back.  I take my responsibility very seriously and I encourage you to do so too!!  Examine and make significant changes in your life and point yourself in a totally different direction.  Next stop 100% cancer FREE zone 🙂

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3 thoughts on “Destination CANCER………..how did you/ I get there?

  1. Thanks, Dawn! You are so right! Applying a lot of the things I learn through cancer to my normal everyday life and thinking patterns is very important!

    1. Yes, they are sweetie!! Keep up the good work. God is GOOD all the time and he has a plan for you. I pray for you and all that I know are going through treatment currently. We are stronger than we could ever imagine, especially with God’s help.
      Are you drawing these days? I found my music and poetry…..expression is good when going through treatment. You always had such a gift, I still remember a rose that you drew in HS, it was incredible in it’s detail.

      Love Ya!!

      1. Thank you for all your prayers and encouragements, Dawn. (2 Corinthians 10:5-6) I have a long way to go, but God is helping me, and He often uses you and this blog!
        I’m recommending it to friends who are also going through cancer right now.

        I pencil draw every once in awhile. I’d like to do more. Still need to frame and hang those old highschool drawings!

        Recently, I wrote a short poem inspired by Isaiah 51:12, your beautiful poems, and an article someone* wrote about trusting God:

        *Abby’s Trust

        Cancer pressing….
        Or, is it fears?
        Or bitterness?
        and, if so, over what?

        Am I really going
        to cling to feelings
        I cannot trust?

        Be gone, feelings!
        Be gone, self-trust!

        Only You, Jesus,
        Savior,
        comfort me in my distress.

        (Isaiah 51:12 “I, even I, am He who comforts you.”)

        FYI: Beth Moore’s Praying God’s Word and Believing God would be great resources for you and your readers based on your comments above and in other blog entries. I highly recommend these books. Her website is: http://www.lproof.org/.

        Another help to me recently, is Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo. The true life story of the childlike faith which became sight to the author’s little 4 yr. old boy, really transforms thinking and helps us to “set our minds on things above, where Christ is” (Colossians 3:1-4) so that we walk in the realness of Christ’s Spirit within us.

        And, for a great movie to watch, try “Soul Surfer”, based on the true story of Bethany Hamilton, a believer who learned even through trial “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)

        Blessings to you!

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