Learn how to experience bad news and difficult situations as challenges rather than as defeats. Patients diagnosed with metastatic cancers who viewed the diagnosis as a challenge and as an opportunity to become a fighter had better recovery rates than those who were convinced they would die. Epidemiological studies from my book In Your Own Hands: New Hope for People with Chronic Medical Conditions reveal that attitude and behavior can sometimes make the difference between death and survival. Optimizing your attitude and behavior is no cure, it simply improves the odds a little. Unfortunately, most people diagnosed with a deadly cancer such as pancreatic cancer or glioblastoma still die despite doing everything possible. But, at the very least, the dying process is less gruesome.
Video: Accept the diagnosis but not the prognosis (part fifteen of series)
July 9, 2014 at 9:00 am
- Video: Ships Are Safe In The Harbor But They Are Built To Sail The World
- Video: The Importance of Being Open and Vulnerable
- Q & A with Dr. B. – You have written about practice being a way of life—something to practice throughout the day. What are the main practices that encompass this way of life?
- Video: The Wisdom of Coach John Wooden
- Q & A with Dr. B. – Why The Focus On Practices?
- Authenticity, Transparency
- Body Centeredness
- Cancer and the Mind
- Chronic Illness and the Mind
- Gratitude and Well-Being
- In Your Own Hands
- Living by Personal Values
- Meaning and Purpose in Health
- Mindfulness Practice
- Practice is Everything
- Practice Living by Choice
- Q&A Ask Dr. B.
- Self-Efficacy and Self-Mastery
- Social Support and Contributing Member of a Community