Friday, October 23, 2009

Cancer as a "Chronic Disease"

More and more articles and websites that relate to cancer are now proclaiming the message that

we all need to think of CANCER as a CHRONIC DISEASE and not as an acute illness!

First, let's define both:

Acute illness is referred to as one that is brought on unexpectedly and has a relatively "short" course or duration

Chronic disease is a long-lasting, persistent medical condition

For anyone reading today's post who may have any type of cancer, this is very good news. Good news because longevity stats show that cancer patients are living longer, having very productive lives and are outliving their original medical diagnosis....very encouraging stats for sure!!!

Whoever created the word "TERMINAL" anyway??? Medical specialists cannot always determine the exact longevity for any patient....our family knows that for a fact so if you have been given that dreaded diagnosis, don't let it be the first word that you have in mind when you wake every morning and the last thing on your mind at night....instead, realize that your cancer has now been recatagorized as a "chronic disease", just like diabetes, heart disease and obesity to name a few. All of us know individuals who have these other chronic diseases and who live very productive lives.

Let's get our heads around the word "cancer" and then make a promies to ourselves to live it as "chronic" and not as "terminal"!!!


Joanne said...

So, so true Deb. I got your e-mail & will reply soon. Take care.

Meya said...

I never thought of cancer like that before but as you said, there are so many others out there with other chronic conditions. Thanks for giving me a different perspective on cancer.

Josh said...

Great post as always! I always enjoy your blog.

Dr. Swill said...

Hi Deb!

I wanted to let you know about an interesting cancer blog a group of cancer patients have been working on.

A fellow tongue cancer patient was sent home to die. There was nothing more that can be done. Cancer survivors ask him life altering questions.

Please read: Dead Man Talking

Peace B

Tony Ulrich said...

Hi Deb,
What a great website and blog, truly inspirational - Congratulations and KEEP going.
Tony Ulrich.