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Coping with Advanced Cancer

  • Updated: 05/16/2014

Closing Thoughts

"Our family has become very close since I got cancer. I remember my son said to me, 'Dad, it's all because of the way you reacted to it.' I believe him, too. I wasn't bitter. He wrote a poem for me that said, 'You're embracing your death instead of running away from it.' And that was beautiful to me." - Bill

Living with advanced stage cancer may bring many challenges and hardships. But it can also be a time of fulfillment and joy.

As you think about the issues raised in this booklet, keep in mind that survival statistics are just numbers. The numbers that really mean the most for any of us are quite different. They measure the good days, the comfortable nights, and the hours of happiness and joy. Keep living your life the best that you can and in the fullest way possible.

"Think only of today, and when tomorrow comes, it will be today, and we will think about it." - St. Francis de Sales