Pressure to stay positive may be a negative for cancer patients – charity

Discussion in 'Other psychosomatic news and research' started by Andy, May 15, 2018.

  1. Andy

    Andy Committee Member

    Hampshire, UK
    Part of the downside to the positive thinking movement.
  2. Senior Member (Voting Rights)

    After the initial shock when i was diagnosed. I had a good cry then just got on with it; not because i’m strong or a fighter but because i had to minimise the devastating impact that constant hospital visits and operations had on the ME. My only pressure to stay positive, came from myself thankfully and was ME related more than anything.

    Talking about dying was never classed as a negative when i had it, if i lived, then yippee, if i died, then farewell at long last you sadistic ME bastard. So either way was a win in our eyes.

    My only concern was surviving but being plummetted back to being a paralysed ME vegetable after it was all done.
    That would have been a royal kick in the teeth, but I was very lucky, that never happened.

    I was also lucky that death wasn’t an elephant in the room to be avoided, it was all pretty much just ‘matter of fact’ and what will be will be; which definitely helped.
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  3. Mij

    Mij Senior Member (Voting Rights)

    The most important gift you can give to someone who is dying is to listen to them and give them support. Respect their feelings.

    It's the therapy and meds that 'fight' the cancer. Ultimately we have no control.
  4. Invisible Woman

    Invisible Woman Senior Member (Voting Rights)

    I think it's unbelievably cruel not to allow the sick, dying or vulnerable to express and discuss how they really feel.

    I had an elderly friend, she had two daughters but had already buried her husband, a son and most of her friends. She was in reasonable health as long as she didn't do much. Joint and back pain made her very unsteady and unable to do much beyond the basics. When she was in her late 80s she decided she'd had enough, she didn't want to go into her 90s, though she didn't plan on taking matters into her own hands.

    Understandably, her daughters didn't want to talk about her death so she talked to me. At first I didn't want to talk about it either, but she explained she wanted and needed to talk about it. No one else in her life would, so we did.

    My friend has been gone a few years now. I realized that I learned and benefited from those conversations as much as she did.

    When will mental health and other medical professionals understand that certain emotions and thoughts are not necessarily unhealthy in themselves and that suppressing the expression of those emotions and thoughts isolates us and inhibits our personal growth and development?

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    Last edited: May 15, 2018

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