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Fear

JimiBrockettby Jimi Brockett, Bereaved Parent, Cancer Advocate

Fear can stop you from doing everything. It will stop you from crossing a bridge, jumping off a diving board, riding a rollercoaster, starting a business and now I’ve found out, it will even stop you from ‘healing’.

Without going through something like this it’s really hard to explain what it’s like. It’s such a rollercoaster ride of emotions from the extreme highs to low lows that I never thought were even possible. There are questions with no answers and some answers that don’t even have questions.

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Turning Your Life Around – Fear and Uncertainty, Part 2

Turning Your Life Around is an ongoing series exclusive to the Cancer Knowledge Network.  It is written by Jen Luce, ovarian cancer survivor and young adult cancer advocate.  We hope this series will become a useful, peer-reviewed resource that will help to facilitate dialogue between cancer patients and their physicians with a view towards creating an individualized plan of action regarding treatment and therapy

 

After writing my last post, I realized there were other angles of fear that I hadn’t brought to light.

“Time and time again, we feel the harshness of failing – even, or especially, when we bravely make another attempt to do something.

Most of the time we don’t think about failure as an enemy, but it is. We simply have to plan a strategy that will carry us past that place where we once failed and help us to overcome all the things that dog our tracks – even ourselves. There are two necessary parts to this new strategy: first, strive to do better every day; and second, don’t look back.”

~ August 21 post from A Cherokee Feast of Days – Volume III by Joyce Sequichie Hifler

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Turning Your Life Around: Part 2: Fear & Uncertainty (With an Afterword by Dr. Monisha Sudarshan)

Turning Your Life Around is an ongoing series exclusive to the Cancer Knowledge Network.  It is written by Jen Luce, CKN’s Life After Cancer Editor,  ovarian cancer survivor and young adult cancer advocate.  We hope this series will become a useful, peer-reviewed resource that will help to facilitate dialogue between cancer patients and their physicians with a view towards creating an individualized plan of action regarding treatment and therapy.

Well, this is a heavy topic. It was the second issue we discussed on the water during the filming of Wrong Way to Hope. I don’t think I’ve met anyone who at some point in their cancer journey said that they were not scared. For me, the word instilled a lot of fear in me. I’d lost my Nana to cancer only a few years earlier, and though I had helped my mom with research on it, I had no idea what it was like to experience it firsthand. My nana hadn’t allowed my brother and me to see her throughout her fight. She was quite far along and she had apparently changed quite a bit through the process. I wanted to help, but her need to protect was too strong and I learned to respect that.

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