When you get diagnosed with cancer, your body is saying to you that "It's time to make some changes in your life!" At least, that is what I am proposing. The first time I had cancer I didn't do anything different. I was just happy that it was over and all was well. Then, several years later, cancer invaded my life again. I can't help but wonder if I had changed things the first time around, would cancer have reappeared. Of course, there is really no way to know. There are so many factors involved with cancer.
However, cancer is definitely a break down of the immune system. Therefore, it is imperative to build it back up. But just as important as that is, it is also important to find out what is suppressing the immune system and keeping it from doing it's job. This is where things get complicated and where the medical system fails. It seems that the medical system is more concerned with treating the symptoms, ie: tumours, etc. than finding out what caused the cancer in the first place. Please understand I know there are exceptions; and symptoms that are life threatening must be treated immediately. But there is time to sit back and assess your life. You probably still have tomorrow. What things could be causing you 'dis-ease'? What can you do to ease those situations? How can you learn to cope better?
In my case, anger and control were issues that I did not handle well. Once I realized the problem, anger was fairly easy to deal with, as it was mostly directed at myself. I had to learn to really accept and love who I was/am. Being in control was (and still is at times) extremely difficult for me to give up; but it was a big part of my journey with cancer. Other factors for me were diet, exercise, breathing properly, (yes, you read that right) and learning to detox the physical, emotional and spiritual areas of my life. You can find out more about this in my book "TWICE: Lesson, Insights and Healing from Cancer." My point is that we must take a look at the environments surrounding us both inside and out. If changes need to be made, face them head on and if necessary get the help to do it.
Cancer does demand a life change and the key to getting well and staying well is to embrace those changes. It's never too early or too late to begin. Cancer does not need to be a death sentence.