Step 2: Healing is a Verb
If you have completed Step 1 and set your post-cancer treatment intention, and you can clearly verbalize and visualize your goal, then the next step in healing requires action. The action? Stop being a victim.
Most patients I meet play the “blame game” at the time of their diagnosis. Understandably, everyone wants to know “what caused my cancer”? The stories created in response to this question are surprisingly similar. We blame cancer on stress; stress at home, stress at work, or chemical/toxin exposure. We blame external circumstances for missing mammograms, colonoscopies, or earlier doctor’s appointments. People will also blame their genetics, shrugging their shoulders helplessly and stating “cancer runs in my family”. Many women blame their schedules (juggling kids, work, caring for a parent). Men often blame their work schedules and lack of prior health problems “I’ve always been healthy”. Sound familiar?
In order to move forward with your recovery, I challenge you to stop being a victim of your cancer diagnosis. If you truly believe that cancer just happened to you, that you had no control, that you were truly helpless in the diagnosis, how can you find the power to participate in your recovery?
Go back and review your intention now. What changes will be required to achieve your post-cancer life? One thing is certain, nothing is going to be the same as it was before your diagnosis. Cancer is life-changing. Can you now assume responsibility and change your life?
Step 2 requires that you Stop the Blame Game. Take a hard look at your lifestyle, your environment, your support structure. What changes do YOU need to make to prevent the cancer from returning? Rarely will a patient acknowledge an actual carcinogen could have caused their cancer, such as their use of cigarettes or alcohol. To stop being a cancer victim, you have to take responsibility for your lifestyle. The risk factors for cancer are known. Are you willing to change your diet? Are you willing to be physically active? Are you willing to remove chemicals from your home and workplace?
The only person who can heal from cancer is you. Healing is a verb.
Patient-focused treatment, and an individualized approach to oncology means Dr. Norleena Gullett is not just treating cancer, she's treating the whole person.