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Colorectal Cancer: The Basics: Stages 0,I


Do your best to keep a realistically optimistic attitude. We refer to this as a “positive attitude.” 

  • You have been lucky. You caught cancer early enough to eliminate it with a minor procedure.
  • The fact that you had cancer makes you higher risk that cancer will return or another cancer will appear. The key word in that sentence is “risk” – there is no certainty that cancer will affect you again. The longer you are without cancer, the better your chances that “elimination of cancer” will turn into a “cure.”
  • There’s a reason for the adage “the glass is always half full and half empty.” Try to focus on the half full side.
  • Keep in mind that we are human. Do not become a slave to being positive or wallow in guilt for those times when you aren’t.  (For more information, click here)

Focus on what you can control.

Prepare the best you can for what may come your way. For example, do your best to get health insurance if you do not have it. To learn how, click here.

Keep in mind that you are not your disease. You are a person with a history of colorectal cancer.  Do not let cancer define who you are.  (For more, click here.)

When you have contact with an employer, government agency or insurer:

  • No matter how frustrating the process may be frustrating to deal with, try to be courteous and friendly. Only use anger consciously and sparingly.
  • Make notes
  • Keep copies
  • For additional information about contact with an employer, government employee, or insurer, click here.

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