Nobody likes pessimistic, cynical of negative people. Why? Because that negative energy is actually harmful to more than the mood in the room.
In fact, if you are diagnosed with cancer, negativity can kill! No matter what cancer cure therapy you choose, your mindset is a critical factor in your recovery and continuing health.
Henry Ford said, “If you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right.”
Well, Robert Geiger says, “If you think your cancer can be cured, or you don’t think it can be cured, you’re right.”
When I first got my diagnosis, fortunately for me, I was still pressing the “pain button” frequently enough to numb both the pain of surgery and the psychological pain of “stage 4 cancer.” As if that wasn’t enough, looking at myself in the mirror was a horror show. I looked like I walked into a Samurai sword. Everything I learned about my diagnosis was BAD.
I remember breaking down into tears at least once an hour. I didn’t even know why half the time. I recall talking to my sister about feeling completely lost in the woods. What’s my purpose? Was there a point to my life, now that things looked so bleak?
Clearly, my first task was to work through my psychological pain. I needed a major mindset adjustment if I was going to make it.
It helped to find out that I was not alone. Many people have the same problem with a positive mindset after getting such bad news. That point was driven home for me when I listened to Dr. Lissa Rankin’s TEDx talk, Is there scientific proof we can heal ourselves? Listen to it below and you’ll see what I mean.
Dr. Lissa Rankin: Is there scientific proof we can heal ourselves?
I’ll summarize one of her stories for you. Dr. Rankin tells about a man who read about a treatment that was said to have great promise for his cancer. He got his doctor to give him this treatment and his cancer cleared up. Shortly after that, the man read that the story of the treatment’s efficacy were greatly over stated. His confidence in his cancer sure was crushed. His cancer came back shortly thereafter.
Here’s the interesting part. His doctor thought that his recovery should not have happened the first time! So the doctor decided to do a little experiment. He told the man that there was a brand new better version of the drug and would like to start the therapy immediately. The man immediately brightened up, all excited about his new cancer cure. The doctor proceeded to give him a course of saline solution (water). The result? His cancer completely went away.
Sadly, the man caught a news report that declared the new drug a complete bust. Shortly after that, the man died.
His confidence and positive mental attitude created not just the possibility for a cancer cure, but the cure itself!
There are numerous cases like this that the medical profession calls, “spontaneous remission.” That means there is no medical reason they should be alive. But they are.
The Solution is Mindset
The solution is obvious. It was their Mindset!
You may think that’s just Pollyanna. You may think I’m suggesting you paste a smile over a sad face even if you don’t feel like it. Nothing could be farther from the truth.
The fact is, you have to process your emotions, no matter what they might be. There’s nothing wrong with feeling bad, being angry, feeling cheated by life or just being afraid. It’s perfectly natural. But emotions are not the truth. Fearing something does not make it the truth.
A cancer curing mindset is one that holds onto the possibility that cancer can be cured and you can cure your cancer. The good news is that you can know and be confident knowing that cancer can be cured. You can know that YOU can cure your own cancer. You can choose to trust. There’s plenty of people who are more than just surviving cancer. They are thriving in their lives.
Finally, there’s no downside to adjusting your mindset and believing in the possibility of life.