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  • Writer's pictureSean Quinn

MY MINDSET UPON GETTING NEWS OF MY THROAT CANCER

CHOOSING MY MINDSET FOR CANCER. The following is from my journal that I started from my cancer diagnosis. It was just after the diagnosis and reading it again now made me think that some may benefit from what I learned.



'I needed to talk to my close friend and mentor Rick Cowley. I did a Bali retreat run by Rick last November 2018 with 5 other men and we all became good mates. Ricks Vision Quest program was life changing for me as he is such a gifted individual. Rick had experienced leukemia as a young man, and I knew that with his experience and his wisdom he would be ideal for me to talk to.


I was right of course. I spoke to Rick in Bali and he had some fantastic insight as I expected. He said that his cancer was the best thing that had ever happened in his life. It was also the scariest! Because we are faced with our own mortality in a very real way it gave him, and will give me, the opportunity to really examine what I want to do with this beautiful gift of life that I have. We spoke about being in balance with our body, mind and spirit and of not thinking of fighting or beating cancer but accepting it as another part of my life’s journey and learning and growing as much as possible from this wild ride that was about to start.


It may seem like I am choosing to wear rose colored glasses about the situation, but I don’t think so. Whether I think it is or I think it isn’t I am correct. So, choosing to look for the positives that I can get out of a tough situation rather than sulking in self-pity and complaining, as far as I am concerned, is a far better place to be. It will definitely help me on this journey so that is what I choose to do.


Having cancer also gives me so much freedom to choose. Nobody in my family or friends will deny anything that I choose to do or be in this situation. It really does allow for me to focus on me and what I want out of life'.



THIS MAY BE USEFUL TO YOU OR ANYONE THAT YOU KNOW OF THAT IS EXPERIENCING A TOUGH HEALTH ISSUE.

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