While visiting in Memphis, Tenn, my son’s fiancée, took me to the “Richard and Annette Block Cancer Survivors Park” for a look at pretty flowers. She knew I loved photography and thought this would be a good place to take photographs. I was delighted to go. Little did I know that the trip would not only totally inspire me with beautiful flowers, but with beautiful and inspiring words as well. Fortunately, I am not a cancer victim, but have known friends that have gone through treatment, or are going through treatments now. Some friends are survivors and others were not so lucky. So, I thought this might be a good time to share some practical information that was posted in the garden as the ” 7 Steps to the Road of Recovery”. I hope all who reads this little blog will be helped in one way or another. Maybe one of your friends, you, or loved ones might need to hear this information.
The first step to the Road to Recovery is the DEFINITION. CANCER is the uncontrolled growth of cells. When the immune system lets down, even temporarily, the dividing cells gets established to the point that the immune system cannot control them, then ,we have cancer.
Second, COMMITMENT is required to make up your mind to fight the cancer battle with all that you have. You must commit to accomplishing everything in your power to win the battle. This is difficult but absolutely necessary. It isn’t easy or convenient. Just do it!
Third, you can count on KNOWLEDGE being the cancer patient’s best friend. Find out as much as you possibly can. The third step for the Road to Recovery, suggested that you read, Fighting Cancer, available free from 800-433-0464. Also, your doctor, second opinions, support groups, the library, and internet are valuable resources for information. Seek knowledge! It is out there!
The Fourth Road to Recovery step, was to decide on TREATMENTS for your cancer. Find a Doctor that believes you can be successfully treated. Don’t be afraid to get a second opinion. You are the boss of YOU. Do what the Doctors says if you feel he will help you. Then, just do it!
The fifth step was PHYSICAL WELFARE. A well-balanced diet can help you maintain an effective immune system. Exercise as much as you can to maintain your strength and health. Again, call 800-433-0464 for support and help from someone who has overcome the same cancer as you.
MENTAL WELFARE was the 6th step on the Road to Recovery. Relaxation exercises are strongly recommended as stress accelerates cancer growth. Visual imagery, prayer, positive outlook and attitude can certainly help and cannot hurt on your road to recovery.
The last step for recovery was the SUMMARY. Concentrate on the moment and do everything in your power to get rid of the cancer. Most cancers can be successfully treated, but you might only have one chance so give it everything you have. There is no downside risk to this effort…
Be a survivor, you have a good change of beating it…There’s Hope and many good treatments out there. Folks are successfully beating the odds daily.
In the park there was a sculpture by Victor Salmones. The back figures in the sculpture are cancer patients preparing to enter treatment and going throught the tunnel of treatment. The people in the front have gone through the treatment are cancer free. Note their joy and happiness. The sculpture is called, “Cancer…There’s Hope”.
Yes, there is hope. A lot of folks care and want to help, but it is up to you. Give it all that you have and then some more. I wish you and or yours successful treatment and cancer freedom….
I dedicate this blog to my friends fighting cancer today and to their successful treatment.