He confirmed that I was doing all the right stuff and that the team I've put together is a good set of specialists. The most interesting thing he said though was that in his experience the patients that have the most trouble are the ones that give into depression. In the work I have ahead of me, my body has to do two things well - get rid of cancer cells and then recover from the onslaught of the chemo. He's seen patients have ups and downs and then get stuck in the downs and just really get depressed. In his experience, this has a markedly negative effect on both the efficacy of the chemo and the patient's ability to recover from the chemo.
So, important guidance from him:
- Happiness, laughter, love, spiritual contemplation, meditation and support are all essential pieces of keeping my mental state good. And my good mental state will help my body find and kill the cancer cells and cope with the negative effects of the chemo.
- Positive mental imagery will also help (think of cancer cells getting killed by kick-ass white blood cells and then those defeated cancer cells getting flushed from my body).