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Optimistic Cancer Patients Need to Be Patient-Active

After emceeing the recent gala fundraising event for The Wellness Community Valley/Ventura in Westlake Village, CA, I was reminded of the importance of being patient active in facing any disease. The Wellness Community celebrates life and the power of community in working in conjunction with traditional medical treatment to provide free psychological and emotional support for cancer patients and those who love them.

There is nothing more satisfying than supporting an organization that helps cancer patients take an active role in working with their medical team. As an advisory board member and author of The Optimism Advantage, I’ve seen how, from the beginning, the Wellness Community helps transform the dreaded diagnosis of cancer into a fight for recovery.

Harold Benjamin, PhD, founder of the Wellness Community, put their mission best: “This…is about living, fighting to recover, and, if possible, recovering. It’s about participating in the fight for recovery—being a patient active instead of a passive, hopeless, helpless victim of the illness. It’s about hope….always hope. In essence it is about the conversion from victim to victor.”

It’s an important lesson we can all learn in facing any kind of adversity. Optimistic patients are realists. They don’t disregard the statistics; they just do what they can as patients and families to make their survival more likely and improve their quality of life.

With our strong dependence on medical technology, drugs and treatment protocols, it is all too easy to become a passive patient. But the patients with the greatest control over their well-being are the ones who get the facts about the medical challenges that they face. Instead of withdrawing or denying the problem, they get busy by becoming part of the solution. They work with their medical team, family, friends, faith community, and support networks to do what they can to become resilient survivors.

If you are facing any adversity in your life and struggling to be more optimistic, take advantage of the free resource on this site, “Twenty Tips to Claim Your Optimism Advantage”. You might also want to sign up for his free “Daily Dose of Optimism” to receive a daily inspiring quote and timely question to help you develop your own optimism advantage.

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