​In the Fight Against Cancer, Survival Isn’t a Good Enough Goal: 4 Tips to Help You Thrive by Veronica Villanueva

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​In the Fight Against Cancer, Survival Isn’t a Good Enough Goal: 4 Tips to Help You Thrive

In the fight against cancer, you have a choice: live or die. Which one will it be?

To be clear, living is not the same as surviving. Living means choosing to live an extraordinary life. Making that decision means focusing on the outcome you want for yourself, removing negativity from your life and being open to trying anything that will help you heal.

In my own fight with cancer, I knew that if I set my sights on a beautiful and fulfilling life, that confidence would carry me through. Never underestimate the power of commitment and discipline when building your dream life.

It’s not enough to be on autopilot. It’s not enough to just survive. You need to be alive and engaged in order to thrive. Make the decision to live and put yourself in the right mindset to begin your healing journey.

1. Continue to Live

It may sound obvious, but when you choose to live, you have to continue to live. This means not staying home all the time; you need to get out into the world. Sometimes, this meant adjusting my lifestyle to accommodate the illness. For example, I cut sugar and animal products from my diet. If I went out to a restaurant with friends, I either ordered steamed vegetables or ate beforehand, but I went out.

2. Redesign Your Life

We are all guilty of taking life too seriously. Adults forget to live like kids, but no matter what they do, kids always have a great time. They move through the world free of anxiety and other negative emotions. So make sure you are living a life worth fighting for. If anything feels gloomy and unfulfilling, change it. This is your chance to redesign your life.

3. Don’t Give Your Pain Too Much Power

It can be difficult to continue living when your illness causes symptoms like pain or nausea but you can take steps to mentally fortify yourself against the discomfort. Just like you can decide to live, you can decide how much power you will give to your pain. Focus on taking away your pain’s strength, and you can fight through it.

4. Take Action

Remember, choosing to live means choosing to take action. I set a goal for myself to make every day exciting. Even at my sickest period, I still woke up, put on makeup and styled my hair because those steps were an important part of self-care for me. Your self-care routine might look different from mine. What is important is to stick with yours. When you choose to live, choose not to live an unconscious and mediocre life! Be alive! Do more than exist on autopilot.

Many people die from cancer before they have actually died from the disease. They die a metaphorical, emotional and spiritual death. They might be surviving, but they certainly aren’t living. Survival is not a good enough goal. I want you to not only strive for a normal life but aim to make every day extraordinary. When you decide to fight to live, honor your choice by doing everything in your power to make your life exciting.

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Donna John
Inspiring words for those going through cancer, Veronica Villanueva . My best friend is fighting cancer right now. It's so scary for everyone and so important to stay positive.
Hi Donna, I am sorry to hear about your best friend. You seem like a wonderful woman and friend to care so much about her. Indeed, it can be scary but education can replace fear. My suggestions if I may:

-Read my book, The Grace of Cancer. It’s a cheat sheet to healing as I shared all the steps I took to be alive, well, and thriving again.

-Go to my website and . You will find a lot of excellent and helpful information that can be added to your healing process. Our websites are created to serve as an educational platform, offering tips, hacks, and recipes on how to thrive while fighting this mean disease.

-Follow me on my Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn for more empowering content.

Good luck and do not hesitate to reach out. One thing you can do, just BE there for her. Make her smile and laugh. Prayers to all of you!
This is so helpful. 🙏🏼
Elisa Schmitz
"To be clear, living is not the same as surviving. Living means choosing to live an extraordinary life." What a powerful statement. This is such an inspiring post. Thank you, Veronica Villanueva , and welcome to 30Seconds. We look forward to learning more from you! VERONICA VILLANUEVA

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