Be an Exceptional Cancer Survivor
Are you exceptional? Can you become an exceptional cancer survivor?
I always wanted to be exceptional, to do something extra-ordinary or leave a legacy beyond the traditional family heritage.
I can recall sitting in the backseat of our car on our family trips using my imagination dreaming up what I could invent or a company I could start. Back in the day, energy usage – specifically gasoline usage was a big topic of the media. I would use my creativity trying to dream of another simplistic form of energy transference to make wheels turn. Who knew what I may have stumbled upon but never moved forward with because we stopped the car to have a meal or better yet stopped at a local farm to see the horses or purchase fresh cherries or peaches.
To be exceptional was a goal of mine since an early age. The definition of exceptional is as follows (TheFreeDictionary.com):
- Being an exception; uncommon.
- Well above average; extraordinary: an exceptional memory.
- Deviating widely from a norm, as of physical or mental ability:
- Surpassing what is common or usual or expected
Synonyms for exceptional are: unusual, special, odd, strange, rare, extraordinary, unprecedented, peculiar, abnormal, irregular, uncommon, inconsistent, singular, deviant, anomalous, atypical, aberrant
In medicine to be exceptional is called outlier. The definition of outlier is (TheFreeDictionary.com):
- An observation so distant from the central mass of the data that it noticeably influences results.
- An observation that differs so widely from all others in a set as to justify the conclusion that a gross error has occurred or that it comes from a different population.
I just love #2 (just kidding) – when it comes to surviving cancer, I wouldn’t ever want to be considered a gross error just because cancer didn’t kill me.
As an outlier of ovarian cancer statistics, I can now proudly announce I am exceptional. After all, I am alive…period! Who would have ever thought this is how I would accomplish being exceptional? I am glad I reached my goal.
So now what do I do with this accomplishment? The solution may be as easy as helping others to achieve success outliving cancer. The challenge, as odd as it may sound, is finding those who want to be helped.
I have met and discussed this unusual behavior of cancer patients with a number of certified professionals who are equipped to help cancer patients. Many have come to the same conclusion that most cancer patients do not want to do the work themselves – the type of work it takes to outlive cancer.
Awhile back I sat at a large private function, a wedding, and overheard a conversation behind me. It was the comment made by a physician that caught my attention. He said he changed the area of his practice from oncology. He said he found it to be too emotionally challenging to work with cancer patients. He said, “at least now his patients live.”
I had to bite my tongue and restrain myself from abruptly turning around and saying something ugly to him. After all I had the remaining ceremony to sit in front of this gentleman and an evening of celebration at the reception to consider.
Having been a cancer patient, I find medical professionals like this physician to be living in their own reality – their perceptions of cancer patients create the reality.
Their perceptions are not mine. I do believe many, not all, but many cancer patients truly do want to outlive cancer. These cancer patients need the right encouragement to discover the possibilities they have within themselves.
The cure has not been discovered by science nor by medicine. However the cure does exist. We who are outliers are exceptions to science and medical statistics.
If you are a cancer patient, make a commitment to learn what others have done to outlive cancer. Become an outlier. Become a long term cancer survivor. Be an exceptional cancer survivor.