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These two words really resonated because it made me realize that having hope must be a conscious choice.
You could choose to be disheartened by the dismal statistics and lack of effective treatment options. Or, you could choose to look beyond the numbers and think of your loved one/yourself as an individual with a fighting spirit who will be the one to beat this disease with the support of their/your medical team.
I believe that choosing hope means celebrating all treatment successes large and small, even when intrusive thoughts about recurrence try to lurk in the dark shadows of your mind. I believe that choosing hope means truly living for each and every day your have with your family, and making plans and visualizing that they will be by your side to celebrate birthdays, holidays, anniversaries, milestones in the future, because they will be the one's to beat PC as new medical advancements are made!
I never really knew the meaning of gratitude until my father began his cancer journey, and it truly shifted my whole perspective on life for the better.
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