What Patients Say About Coping With Cancer

From M. D. Anderson Sarcoma: What Can You Expect, part 8
Date: February 11, 2008
Duration: 02:12

I come here every 3 months and I’ll probably do that for the rest of my life. I live my life 3 months at a time. I tell a lot of people that but it’s worth it.

Keeping a positive attitude and just not thinking negative and not letting the negative ideas come into your mind have really helped me cope with it, so I think that’s the main thing – mind over body.

Just take it a day at a time, and it's not the end of the world, and—just don't grieve over it.

Be strong. It’s not like everything’s over. I mean you’ve got so much stuff left ahead of you. I fish. I hunt. I mean… I do everything I did before. If I don’t feel like it, I lay up and rest and then go do it. Don’t like feel sorry and get upset about it.

I think the main thing that you need is to keep your spirits up and to keep a positive attitude, which I’ve tried to do.

You just gotta be strong and not give up. Prayer does a lot for you too.

From the Lord. He gets me though it all. I just handed everything over the Him. You just learn to appreciate life so much. I appreciate my children. They come home from school, and I’m so excited you know for them to walk through the door.

But I feel like everything happens for a reason and I was getting to a point in my life where I started to forget how strong and how confident and how beautiful that I was; and I feel like this was God’s way of showing me hold up, you are here for a purpose and I’ve put you here to make a difference.