The 10 Commandments of Survivorship

I. Thou shalt believe in thyself and thine ability to survive. 

               The foundation of survivorship is trusting in your own ability to cope with cancer.  You can find strength you never knew you had!

II. Thou shalt surround thyself with medical professionals in whom you believe and with whom you feel comfortable.

               You must believe in your doctors as much as you believe in yourself!

III. Thou shalt seek knowledge about thine illness

               The most well-armed survivor is the one who knows as much as possible    about    the illness he/she is battling!

IV. Thou shalt join or form a support group.

               It has been medically proven that women who belong to a breast cancer   support group live longer than those who don't ...sharing is surviving!

V. Thou shalt dust off thine sense of humor and use it often

               Spend time with people who make you laugh and uplift you...keep those    endorphins hopping around and you are healing yourself!

VI. Thou shalt keep as active and as busy as thou art able.

               Find something you really get excited about and do it as often as you can.               Fill life with positive thoughts leaving less space for fear and         self pity.

VII. Thou shalt count on friends and family.

               Let people know what they can do to help.  It'll give them purpose and a    way to show their love for you!

VIII. Thou shalt reach out to other cancer survivors

               If I can help one person to laugh, smile, or gather courage to keep fighting,             it gives me one more reason to stay excited about life!

IX. Thou shalt allow thyself to cry

               We can't enjoy the peaks if we don't descend into the valleys just don't let                yourself stay down there too long.

X. Thou shalt love thyself and be good to thyself

               Always remember you are a unique and special person.  Cancer cannot       take that away from you.  It's easier to love others if you love          yourself...            and love is one of the most important reasonsto survive!


Maggie Gray 6/96...Sparrow Regional Cancer Center