Monday, October 27, 2008

One Day at a Time

MUSIC: "His Eye is on The Sparrow"
"Don't Worry, Be Happy"

Life as a cancer patient is very unpredictable.

I'm sure that most of my viewers who are cancer patients, are probably thinking the same thing. But wait a minute, my title for this post today, is meant in a completely different context.

None of us, whether we are affected by cancer or some other major illness, or even if we hold a clean bill of health...........none of us know what tomorrow may bring. So my point is,

why worry about something that you have absolutely no control over?
If you listen to the news on any given day, there's always unexpected tragedies happening around the world. Just this past weekend I've heard of an early morning car crash that took a young man's life, a victim of random shooting who was at the wrong place at the wrong time, and an innocent young woman whose life was taken so very tragically due to a robbery. I'm sure that none of these individuals started their last day with thoughts that they would die before seeing the next sunrise.
Realistically, it is senseless to worry about the "what-if's" because all of your worry will not change what will happen in life.
I've been a lifelong "pro" so to speak at worry. I've worried about the simplest things and also about the serious things, but needless to say as I look back over the years, not one second of my constant worry has changed anything....nothing....nil.....zilch (yes, that is a word). So, I've resigned myself to the fact that I now just take one day at a time.
My husband is the perfect example of taking "one day at a time" and his attitude to never worry is half the battle in fighting his cancer. Keeping positive is the key, as I've stated in previous posts, and he definitely does stay positive. His strong belief in God is what gives him his positive outlook on life.
It's a medical fact that anxiety will lead to an increase in your blood pressure and other medical symptoms....not to mention increased stress levels and heart ailments. So............

Why Worry by Author Unknown

- 40% will never happen, for anxiety is the result of a tired mind
- 30% concerns old decisions which cannot be altered
- 12% centers in criticism, mostly untrue, made by people who feel inferior,
- 10% is related to my health which worsens while I worry
- and only - 8% is "legitimate,"

showing that life does have real problems which may be met head-on when I have eliminated senseless worries.
-Next time you have your blood pressure taken, don't worry for it will only help to elevate the result
-Next time you are scheduled for a CT scan or other medical testing, don't worry about the results, until you actually have received them
And here are a few comments from other cancer patients that I'd like to share with you:
Yes positive thinking is very helpful in all types of illness even cancer!!! It's like everything else in life if you give up, it gets worse not better!

A positive attitude will help you to be happier and healthier even with a terminal illness.
As a two time breast cancer survivor I believe that your mindset is very important in achieving improved or good health. It is helpful to have positive thoughts and to set long term goals for the future. The cancer patient needs a mental break from being in cancer world. Try not to sit around and talk about cancer. In my case, I decided that cancer had already robbed me of enough joy and I was determined not to let it steal any more unhappy days from me.
It is absolutely true and statistically proven, positive thinking releases specific chemicals which encourage growth and cell regeneration and recovery. There is lots you can do to promote posititve thinking. your emotions and thinking are the only thing you have control over in such times and the should be used to your advantage.
Remember to take one day at a time, and enjoy it to the fullest without worrying about the "what-if's!!!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I do try to stay positive as possible. Tht is very dificult though. My last CT was not good at all but at least I am still here.
I like your writing.