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Colorectal Cancer: Recurrence

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Even if your cancer is at an advanced stage, even a 1% chance of long term survival means that one in one hundred people will survive. With treatment, there is no reason to keep you from being a person who survives.

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

  • 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.  (The Survivorship A to Z document in “To Learn More” provides tips).

Focus on what you can control. Prepare the best you can for what may come your way.

Keep in mind that you are a person living with a history of colorectal cancer. Do not let cancer define who you are. You are not your disease.

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

  • Be courteous and friendly. Only use anger consciously and sparingly.
  • Make notes so you have a record of what was said and agreed to
  • Keep copies in easily available files

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