10 Lessons To Thrive Through Cancer Treatment
By Steve Fillmore
When you hear the word “cancer,” a multitude of emotions and thoughts will more than likely come up.
Anger, hate, depression, sadness, worry – why me? why now?
If you or someone you know is going through cancer, there is HOPE. I know this because I have gone through cancer twice within 2 years. And yes, I endured and THRIVED through many rounds of chemo.
I know and I understand because I’ve been there. I’ve done it.
Here are 10 life lessons I personally learned during and after cancer.
1. I am the CEO of my life – You may have several doctors telling you that there is no hope and that you are going to eventually die. I didn’t accept that. I chose to live and I did. Believe that you will THRIVE and LIVE and you will! 99% of your healing starts with your mindset; everything else are just tools in the healing process.
2. Let go of the baggage – Any emotions or people that are not supporting you as you heal – you need to let that negative energy go. It doesn’t serve you. How do I do that, you may ask? Just decide to do it. The Universe/God will handle the rest. Decide and let go. This was difficult for me too, I know. But once I gave my cancer up to God, everything else fell into place.
3. Eat your veggies – After I endured many rounds of chemo, my body was severely damaged. I experienced neuropathy, lymphedema, hearing loss, hair loss and chemo brain. The best thing you can do to recover post cancer is to take care of your nutrition. Eat a lot of green veggies, whole foods and organic foods. Your body has gone through war and now needs to recover and heal.
4. Listen to your intuition – When diagnosed with cancer for the 2nd time, my world was turned upside down and I was ANGRY. And then the choices about what to do came. Should I do holistic or allopathic? I finally got quiet with myself and listened. I trusted my intuition and so should you.
5. Spring cleaning isn’t just for your house – Just like your home needs a spring cleaning, so does your body. When I finished chemotherapy, I did a juice detox and cleanse. You will notice that when you juice, your body will begin to heal faster.
6. Family and friendships are essential in healing – With cancer, one’s priorities are front and center. What is important to you? Enjoy your family and friends both during and after cancer; they are your support system. Plus, it’s good therapy to talk and share your journey with them.
7. Get connected – No, not connected to the internet! Take the time to be quiet, be still and connect to your higher self. Let it be through meditation or a long walk in nature.
8. Laughter is medicine – Get that funny movie you’ve always been wanting to watch and laugh your ass off! Laughter releases happy endorphins and, well, makes you feel good. Life’s too short to be miserable and unhappy.
9. Follow your dreams – This is a time to be passionate with your dreams. Your life was almost taken away, so live life to the fullest, day by day. All you have is today.
10. Unlimited possibilites – My oncologist said I would need surgery after chemo. He was wrong – my cancer was completely gone. Believe in the impossible.
As you journey through cancer, know that you are never alone. Reach out and get connected with others’ that are positive and loving.
I believe in your healing. Stay strong and THRIVE!
Love, Laugh, Live.
Steve Fillmore is a 2-time cancer THRIVER! His motto in life is: Love, Laugh, Live - Love yourself first; Laugh through all the crazy times; Live for life right now! Through proper diet, exercise and mindfulness, Steve has been able to recreate his body to work with and for him.
For fun, you can find Steve either teaching a Zumba class, or creating websites for clients.
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