When I first read this statement, I wanted to throw my computer across the room.
“Attitude creates reality. How you view a situation can have an enormous impact on how you live.
“Some people see setbacks as absolute devastation, whereas others view them as opportunities. At the end of the day, the choice is really up to you.”
Edward T. Creagan, M.D. Mayo Clinic
Into the Abyss
My daughter-in-law is 34.
She has stage 4 brain and lung cancer.
She has an eight-month old baby.
This is not a setback. This is a nightmare.
The choice was not up to her.
I try all I know to keep my heart, head, mind and body strong so that I can help my son and his wife as they battle her cancer.
She received radiation for brain cancer.
Treatment for her lung cancer is still down the road.
In the meantime, there is their sweet baby. We weaned her this weekend. Her cries for her mother were pitiful.
This is absolute devastation.
A Random Encounter
This morning my son talked to a doctor at UAB who is a lung cancer patient.
His story was a beacon of hope for us.
He was initially diagnosed with cancer over 30 years ago when he was in medical school. He received treatment and lived a normal life for 30 years.
When his cancer reappeared, his current doctors reviewed his treatments from “back in the day”.
Those 30-year old treatments were from the dark ages of medicine compared to the advanced treatment methods today for cancer.
This doctor reassured my son that they were in a wonderful place for her treatment.
Such a difference from the day she was told that she had six months to a year to live!
What we do
We are proactive. We are seeking a second opinion at another cancer institute.
We connect and reach out to others with expertise and experience with stage 4 cancer.
We pray. We believe in miracles.
We have a good attitude. We choose life.
We never abandon hope. We never give up.