I Recognize That I Was Blessed

I did not survive all these years by merely wanting to survive. I believe there was a higher power that helped through this journey. I was given strength to endure the treatments. I was given emotional support to keep me upbeat. Not that all days were a picnic. But I could use coping skills to resist the downward spiral. I was also given HOPE to continue to be open to possibilities. This belief is not an anomaly.

What is Hope? Hope is the belief that a positive outcome will happen. A belief that a positive outlook will reframe the negative mind frame associated with breast cancer. HOPE helps remove thought barriers and allow patients to live in a hopeful life without the negative feelings of worry and grief.

In several studies spirituality was found to be the main coping mechanism used during all phases of the cancer experience. A NIH study found that, “Approximately 76% of women responded that religion or spirituality was important to them and 82% said they attended religious or spiritual services at least once in the past 12 months.” Another NIH study discovered, “In a recent multi-center study 88% of advanced cancer patients reported religion and spirituality to be personally important in adjusting to their illness.”

Sadly, there are aspects you cannot control, leaving you feeling overwhelmed. Fortunately, there are things you can control. Your response is one. This disease cannot control how you cope, nor can it control your belief system. If you believe in a higher power, prayer is first and foremost. Like I have said before, if God needs you, He will take you. Prayer will not pardon you from the pain you will experience. But it will give you HOPE that will help you get through the tough times.

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Pray for Strength
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Pray for Understanding
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Pray for Your Family
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Pray for Protection
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Pray for Courage
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Pray for Endurance
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Pray for Your Anxiety
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Pray for Tolerance
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