10 Tips for Inspiring Survival
By Jim Acee*
is #1 in a series of articles compiled by Jim Acee, husband and caregiver for
Savanna Acee who was diagnosed in June 1995 with stage III ovarian cancer, had six rounds
of chemotherapy, and then a recurrence in July 1996 with metastasis (spread) to the liver
and diaphragm with seeding throughout the abdomen. Savanna was placed on hospice in
September 1996 and given only months to live. She subsequently survived with a high
quality of life for 10 years using a combination of alternative, complementary
and traditional (chemotherapy) treatments. For more information on
Savanna's treatment methodology, or to discuss your cancer-related concerns
contact Jim at firstname.lastname@example.org , call 208-384-1708
(mountain time zone) or write to Jim Acee, 4024 Whitehead, Boise, ID 83703, USA.
"10 Tips" articles will appear each month in the CONVERSATIONS! Newsletter.
Previously published articles in this series are in the "10 Tips" section of http://www.ovarian-news.org or send a stamped, self
addressed envelop marked "10 Tips Series" to CONVERSATIONS! PO Box 7948,
Amarillo, TX 79114.
- Seek out traditional medical professionals and/or complementary/alternative medicine
healers that promote hope and believe in your recovery. Realize that the term "false
hope" is an oxymoron. There is no such thing as false hope. Be open to leaving your
local area to get the kind of help that inspires hope.
- Read about and contact survivors with your type and stage of cancer. Learn from them how
to survive and thrive. Your hospital or local library should have books and videos by
cancer survivors. Look for these titles: Cancer: Increasing Your Odd for Survival...a
great book by David Bognar and video of the same title narrated by Walter Cronkite ( http://www.cancersurvival.com or 888-307-4482),
"Fight for Your Life" (800-888-5236) and "Cancer Doesn't Scare Me
Anymore" and other videos by Dr. Lorraine Day (800-574-2437).
- Focus on your reasons to live; your life passions, your unfulfilled dreams, and your
relationships with loved ones...or whatever it is that motivates you to go on living.
Write these out and review them regularly. A great seminar that helps those with cancer
re-discover their passion for life and reason to live is offered by Dr. Lawrence Leshan,
author of the excellent book Cancer As a Turning Point http://www.cancerasaturningpoint.org
or call Mary Bobis (704- 332-8394).
- Surround yourself with loving, caring, supportive, and optimistic people. End
relationships or curtail contact with people who do not enhance your healing.
- Experience the beauty and healing power of nature combined with the opportunity for
personal reflection. Rent a home for a week or two or even a month by the ocean, lake,
mountains...wherever you can feel spiritually connected to nature. Or, attend a cancer or
meditative retreat located in a quiet and beautiful setting.
- Eliminate negativity, stress, and depression. Control depression with herbs or
prescriptive drugs. Do whatever is necessary to eliminate negativity and stress...get
counseling, quit work, get divorced, etc.
- Be willing to try different healing concepts and methods until you find ones that
inspire your survival mentally. Don't stick with a healing treatment that you know
intuitively is not right for you.
- Read survival stories about people who have suffered more than you, and have survived
and thrived afterwards. True stories about explorers, adventurers, victims of accidents,
disasters, medical conditions, etc are easy to find. Just ask a librarian how to find
"survival stories" at your local library or through an interlibrary loan
- Make future plans and commit to future events. Book a vacation a year in advance, buy a
season ski pass for next year, enroll in a college degree program, etc. Visualize your
healthy-self accomplishing these commitments. Let these commitments draw you toward the
- Become convinced that you have a spiritual purpose for living. Know that your life has
meaning and significance...that you have a contribution to make, for yourself and for
others. Find spiritual support for this concept. Read books by, or be bold and contact or
visit spiritual leaders who most inspire you. In your house, post inspirational and
motivational quotes where you'll see them often.
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is given to make personal copies or copies for free distribution to cancer
fighters.) Available on the web at: http://www.ovarian-news.org
under "10 Tips Series for Coping by Jim Acee."