Someone once said, “Your illness does not define you. Your strength and courage do.” It is easy to become discouraged when you find out that your life is on the line. Especially, when you realize that you are stricken with a disease that has no definite cure. Cancer cannot be allowed to define who you are determine the measure of faith and courage. Circumstances do not define our faith in God. Our faith is anchored in His faithfulness and love for us.
Cancer is basically an uncontrolled abnormal growth of cells. It comes in many different forms, types, and stages. The symptoms may vary depending on the type, but most are life-threatening. Furthermore, treatment for cancer can be very costly.
The fight is definitely not a smooth road. Even if the patient has supposedly already won the fight against cancer, there is still some chance of a relapse. Thus, it becomes very admirable when someone is hopeful in a situation that was meant to be hopeless.
There are currently millions around the globe who suffer from cancer. It is one of the world’s many issues. According to the World Health Organization, 8.8 million lost their lives due to cancer back in 2015. To those who have fallen victim to cancer, they begin to lose purpose in life. However, as with anything, we must choose to look at the bright side of things. The numbers are truly alarming, but amazingly, many studies have revealed that the death rates have begun to decline. There have been numerous stories of cancer survivors who have narrated how they were able to beat cancer and they all have something in common: none of them lost hope. Cancer patients can find hope in two ways: hope in the world and hope in themselves.
At present, several scientists are continually researching for better ways to treat cancer. Many people dream of being able to discover the cure for cancer to benefit, not only cancer patients but mankind as a whole. Why would cancer patients give up the fight when there are so many individuals in the medical field trying their best to help them live?
These scientists have not lost sight of the possibility of finally being able to eradicate the disease once and for all. Even though there is no clear and exact cure, we should be thankful that there are now many advancements in technology that aid in cancer treatment. This includes chemotherapy and radiation. Each year, new therapies are put into practice. This should lift up the spirits of many cancer patients.
It is important to make sure that those battling cancer don’t lose hope. It may not seem like a lot, but the desire to live actually makes a big difference in the speed of recovery. When you have the will to live, you will live.
Cancer patients need to identify their reasons to continue fighting. The more reason they have to go on, the more tolerable the pain will become. The reason could be our family or our church. A person of faith in Christ desires to fulfill God’s purposes and plans for their life. This is includes sharing the good news that Jesus is the Savior of the world and offers forgiveness and a reborn life in this world and blessed eternal life.
Additionally, cancer patients should seek support from their loved ones. If they are surrounded by these people, they would want to get through cancer as fast as possible. Moreover, when they see the pained and worried expressions of people close to their hearts, they can use it as motivation to do their best to get better again.
Cancer survivors themselves may serve as hope to current cancer patients undergoing treatment and serve as an inspiration to those who are doubtful whether or not treatment would be worth it. The treatments are short-term, but you should always hold onto the small chance of a successful recuperation.
When battling cancer, you can find strength and courage from those around you and from within yourselves. Cancer shouldn’t even be treated like a deadly disease. It should be acknowledged like any other obstacle we have to get through in life. You don’t just simply give up and lose hope. You find your strength and courage in God to win the battle. This battle belongs to the Lord and is not unaware of our cancer and illnesses.

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