Little good comes from a cancer diagnosis – your life change forever. The best case scenario is you’ll make a complete recovery.
The worst case, the premature end to your life.
Most cases fall somewhere between – recovery, but life is never quite the same. That’s when being grateful for just surviving plays a big part.
If you keep asking “why me?” and saying “my life is ruined” it most surely will be. But if you look on victory over cancer as a new beginning, life can be just as good, if not better than before – with some modifications.
The news over the past year that radio talkback host Derryn Hinch had liver cancer probably didn’t surprise a lot of people. Derryn has had running health issues for a number of years most recently cirrhosis of the liver and almost dying from septicaemia four years ago.
The less charitable might suggest The Human Headline was up to his old tricks, keeping his name on everyone’s lips. Just some sort of publicity stunt to boost his ratings.
However, as time would reveal this was no stunt. Derryn did have cancer and even if the bouts of chemotherapy do there stuff he will still need a liver transplant if he’s to survive.
In typical Hinch style all this has been carried out in full public gaze on his radio program on 3AW in Melbourne and his blog My Liver, My Life.
Now where is the good you mentioned earlier? I can hear you ask.
Well it’s in the fact that Hinch has been so public about it. The benefit to the tens of thousands of people going through cancer treatment is immense.
In my many talks to cancer support groups relating my cancer journey the feedback is constant “thanks for sharing your story,” or “you’ve given me renewed hope” or “now my husband might have a better attitude to his treatment.” “I never thought to ask my doctor those questions.” etc
Knowledge is power and the more cancer survivors can network and share experiences the better off we’ll all be.
Many fighting cancer withdraw to fight a very personal battle privately, and it is their right. But for those who look beyond their immediate circle can gain valuable support, knowledge and companionship. As psychologist Doctor Darryl Cross said on the DVD Cancer – What Now? “A problem shared is a problem halved.”