This is very preliminary post where I begin to flesh our something for a lack of a better name I will call ‘The Dimensions of a Cancer Warrior’. Obviously being one fairly new to the battle against cancer and one longing to be known as a cancer survivor, I don’t have the experience many of you have who are reading the blog and offering comments.
From some reading and just a couple of chemotherapy treatments I am starting to get a bit of a sense of what some of these dimensions might need to be. I’ll share my thoughts here … they won’t be too fleshed out yet because I am looking for cancer survivor feedback. Anything you can offer that could assist me would be greatly appreciated.
At this point I am getting sense of five dimensions.
First, there is the spiritual or faith dimension … understanding God is in control, trusting Christ Jesus and being led by His Holy Spirit.
Second, there is the mental and emotional dimension … this encompasses attitude, determination and commitment to give your best in the battle … even when the going gets tough … endurance and perseverance.
Third, there is the physical or bodily dimension … rest, diet and nutrition, and exercise all three can go along way in helping you in the cancer battle and coping with chemotherapy.
Fourth, there is the medical aspect … choosing a good oncologist with a supportive and caring chemo nurse team, good chemotherapy drugs, good drugs and medicines to manage side effects, a supportive pharmacist, etc.
Fifth, relational community … family, friends, co-workers (who are often great friends), brothers and sisters IN Christ … you need their love, you need their encouragement, you need their help, you need their presence, you need their prayers … The most important person in your life is your primary caregiver … for me that is my precious wife who at times is far more of a warrior than I am.
OK, so there’s the initial draft … take a look and please, please offer you insights, experience and expertise … thanks!!!