The fighting cancer mentality is a common theme within the collective regarding overcoming cancer. When I first started, that’s how I thought my mindset needed to be – fighting cancer and embracing the battle. That’s what I learned from all the propaganda I had seen throughout the years through media and pop culture. There are a lot of physical and emotional challenges to deal with, and at times, you have to dig deep and channel your inner warrior to help you get through things. I understood that, and the fighting cancer mindset did work for me.
Everything changed after I learned I had stage four cancer. Up until that point, I was basically just following the conventional medicine process. My treatment plan was to have chemo, radiation and surgery with a 75 % survival rate. I just wanted to get through it, get it behind me and move on with my life. I wasn’t awake yet to the fact that I had to make some big changes in my life if I was going to get better – and hearing the words, you have incurable cancer, woke me up in a hurry.
After that, I knew there was no chance for me to overcome my cancer with conventional medicine on its own. I also understood that I could keep fighting and fighting, but I would eventually run out of gas constantly being in that state. I knew I had to do things differently.
There was nothing tangible to throw punches at to fight through things – so what was I fighting? And I realized it’s not all about fighting cancer – it is about healing yourself.
I decided to look inward, and I acknowledged that I had a part in creating the imbalance within myself – and because it was within me, there wasn’t a reason why I couldn’t heal from within and overcome the disease – and my primary focus became healing.
Everything you need to heal is within you, and It’s about finding balance, using the healing and fighting mindsets together to achieve your goal because, ultimately, both mindsets have their purpose on this journey.
Yes – you will have to fight through some difficult days because you will be in survivor mode. You might have side effects from treatment or experience stress from an oncology appointment. That stuff will happen. But it’s the inner work you do that will ultimately lead you to healing.
Inner work to focus on:
Believing in yourself
Your connection to God
The power of prayer
Working with your intuition
Your positive outlook
Faith in action
Always bring things back to your healing mindset.