Recently, I read an article about how research shows that positive thinking leads to better health. It explains that the research concluded that positive thinking may provide increased life span, lower rates of depression, lower levels of distress and pain, reduced risk of death from cancer and better coping skills during hardship and times of anxiety or stress to name a few. The part that caught my eye was the reduced risk of death from cancer.
During my cancer journey, laughter was one of my staples in staying positive and maintaining a strong mindset during the most difficult times. During the times that the chemo treatment caused me to experience side effects such as depression in addition to the pain from the cancer, it was difficult for me to stay positive. I am the first to admit that in the mist of my cancer battle, I did not handle the very harsh times of deep sadness and depression very well. During these moments, I knew that I needed to get back into a positive headspace and filter out all the negative thoughts, but that was a very difficult task to do. It was when I was most vulnerable that I believe God sent some of my family and friends to try to cheer me up by watching comedy movies, making jokes or playing board games to free my mind from my very dark and negative thoughts of defeat. Most of the time mediation would help me to counteract the side effects of the chemo treatment, but there were other times that the side effects were so intense that I needed additional reinforcements to make it through these patches of all consuming gloomy darkness.
In my experience, life has given me several extremely difficult storms that I have had to overcome, but I have learned that God does not give you more than you can handle. I must admit that sometimes knowing about God and believing in God has been a very difficult challenge due to the storms in my life, but somehow deep in my heart I felt that somehow God will always bring us out of the storm. For me, having faith even in the darkest hours gives me the courage and strength to have a positive mindset which I pray every day will give me many years of life.