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You Are Not Alone A Practical Guide for Maintaining Your Quality of Life While Living with Cancer You're Not Alone

Positive Thinking - III. Psychological And Emotional Support

Attitudes That Can Help

Support Groups
Realistic, Achievable Goals

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Leaving Instructions to Loved Ones

A positive and optimistic outlook will not only improve your quality of life but also improve your chances of getting well. Studies have suggested that a negative or pessimistic outlook may actually decrease your chances of recovery. When you have cancer, it can be difficult to maintain a positive attitude. Daily you are confronted with many obstacles, including the side effects of the illness and treatment, as well as feelings of fear, anger, depression, and loneliness. All of this can have an impact on even the most buoyant of personalities. One way you can help yourself maintain a positive attitude is by setting reasonable, achievable goals. Another helpful hint is to put your energy into activities that bring satisfaction to your life. Doing your best to maintain a positive attitude will help you better cope with your illness.

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