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Posted on 9/6/18 9:25 PM
We just published an article from Anna Renault, a cancer survivor, about her experience defeating cancer 8 times (now battling her 9th) and how she thrives with cancer. You can read the article here and feel free to comment on the article about your opinions or what you felt after reading it. It is a very inspirational article.
Ms. Renault states the most important thing to thriving with cancer is having "a purpose in life that keeps her alive and determined to fight." She thrives with cancer by continuing to write books, interviewing interesting guests on her radio show, write for the local paper, learning all she can about options for her cancer, educating others, mentoring others, praying for a cure, etc.
She recommends to anyone battling with cancer to "Find your calling. Stay committed. Lean on your support system. Find joy where you can. She also states that surviving / thriving with cancer to her means waking up each day, being able to get out of bed, do her daily activities, and being able to eat and drink without vomiting.
Let's start a discussion where you can talk about how you thrive with cancer.
Please tell us:
1) What type of cancer you are going to defeat (cancer you are currently diagnosed with);
2) How many times you have already defeated cancer (if this is not your first);
3) How you thrive with cancer;
4) What does surviving / thriving with cancer mean to you.
Beginning of the discussion - 9/6/18How Do You Thrive With Cancer? https://www.carenity.us/forum/cancer/living-with-cancer/how-do-you-thrive-with-cancer-430
Posted on 9/6/18 9:32 PM
I have Stage 3 lung cancer non small cell andeocarsino I have had 7 weeks radiation and 6 rounds of chemo my Dr wanted me to do immunotherapy Imfinizi every 2 weeks for a year but my Medicaid wouldn’t pay for it so all I can do is have catscan every 3 months.
Posted on 9/8/18 2:53 AM
@Cassandralynne How are you doing after chemo and radiation?
Is there anything you do or focus on in order to thrive? Do you pain or write or anything in particular that you find enjoyment in and can find some relaxation?
Posted on 9/9/18 7:53 AM
I've currently been diagnosed with multiple myeloma in November of 2017 I am currently on chemotherapy as pretreatment for a stem cell transplant. This is my second cancer fight. I had breast cancer 13 years ago. I think my greatest challenge to living with multiple myeloma is to keep a positive attitude turn it over to God because I cannot do this alone always having my support system to talk to about my fears and concerns
Posted on 9/12/18 7:22 AM
@DonnaDalton thank you for sharing. When is the schedule stem cell transplant?
You already beat it once and I have faith that you will beat it again. Thriving with cancer by keeping a positive attitude is excellent way to thrive. They say the mind / attitude is a large part of anything we face in life. Keep your faith and know in addition to your immediate support system, you also have a support system here on Carenity. Please keep us updated with your progress and your treatment.
Posted on 9/12/18 10:27 PM
I have Follicular non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Kidney cancer 3 years ago. Trying to figure out “thriving” with cancer.
Posted on 9/13/18 1:02 AM
@Maryellen sorry to hear about your recent diagnosis. Congrats on beating cancer 3-years ago. That is something to definitely be proud of!
What is it that you enjoy doing? Do you enjoy writing or reading? Spending time with family? Walking around the neighborhood?
I am interested in hearing about what activities or things that make your day better.
Posted on 9/13/18 2:45 AM
I am a Real Estate agent and that keeps me going. My Maltese is my buddy for walks. I babysit for my 2 yr old grandson. I am planning to go to Turks and Caicos for winter vacation and a Mediterranean Cruise on the Viking Cruise Line with high school friends in May. Hopefully, I will be healthy AND wealthy for my trips.
Posted on 9/14/18 4:58 AM
@DonnaDalton wow I had multiple myeloma first then breast cancer I fought it last year.
Posted on 9/14/18 5:00 AM
@DonnaDalton I aslo had stem cell transplant done too and God is who I lean to also he got me through it and continues to help me go on.