This was posted on the BT Buddies Website, and it is a lighter way at
looking at your illness, You could easily replace the word Cancer with any
other illness in all honesty and the meaning is true again.
Just something to lighten up the day, now that the sun has disappeared
Will update later
The Ten Commandments for Cancer Survival
1. Thou shalt regard the word, "Cancer", as exactly that: a word. Nothing
more, nothing less. For its original meaning hast changed mightily over the
years, as have such words as Smallpox, Tuberculosis. and Polio, all once
dreaded ailments, now no longer fearsome for, to them, hast come The Answer.
And thus, too, shall go thy cancer. The Answer shall come to those who shall
be present to hear it. Be present to hear it when it comes.
2. Thou shalt love thy Chemotherapy thy radiation,
thy monoclonal antibodies, thy vaccines, and thy other treatments even as
thyself, for they are thy friends and champions. Although they may exact a
toll for their endeavors, they are oft most generous in the favors they
3. Thou shalt participate fully in thy recovery. Thou shalt learn all the
details of thy ailment, its diagnosis, its Prognosis
its treatments, conventional and alternative. Thou shalt discuss them openly
and candidly with thy oncologist and shalt question all thou do not
comprehend. Then, thou shalt cooperate intelligently, and knowledgeably with
4. Thou shalt regard thy ailment as a temporary detour in thy life and
shalt plan thy future as though this detour had not occurred. Thou shalt
never, at no time, nohow, regard thy temporary ailment as permanent. Thou
shalt set long-term goals for thyself. For thou will verily recover and thy
believing so will contribute mightily to thy recovery.
5. Thou shalt express thy feelings candidly and openly to thy loved ones
for they, too, are stricken. Thou shalt comfort and reassure them for they,
too, needest comforting and reassurance, even as thou doest.
6. Thou shalt be a comfort to thy fellow-cancerites, providing knowledge,
encouragement, understanding and love. Thou shalt give them hope where there
may be none, for in hope lies their salvation. And by doing so, thou
providest comfort for thyself, as well.
7. Thou shalt never relinquish hope, no matter how thou may feelest at
that moment, for thou knowest, in the Deep recesses of
thy heart, that thy discouragement is but fleeting and that a better day
awaits thee, perhaps tomorrow, perhaps the day after tomorrow.
8. Thou shalt not regard thy ailment as the sum total of thy life but as
merely a part of it. Fill thy life with other diversions, be they mundane,
daring, altruistic, or merely amusing. To fill thy life with thy ailment is
to surrender to it.
9. Thou shalt maintain, at all times and in all circumstances, thy sense
of humor, for laughter lightens thy heart and hastens thy recovery. This is
not an easy task, sometimes seemingly impossible, but it is a goal well
worth the endeavor.
10. Thou shalt have enduring and unassailable faith, whether thy faith be in
a Supreme Being, in Medical Science, in Thy Future, in Thyself, or in
Whatever. Steadfastly sustain thy faith for it shall sustain thee.
Paul H. Klein, September 3, 1993