How Important is A Positive Attitude?

By Lipscomb University Senior Students June 21, 2017Pearls of Wisdom Blog

Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in the United States. It will affect 1 in 8 women in the US.

My mom was diagnosed in 2013 with triple-negative breast cancer. This type of breast cancer is more aggressive and doesn’t have the genes for estrogen receptor, progesterone receptor or Her2/neu. Triple-negative is more likely to reoccur in your bones, blood, lungs and liver. Therefore, it usually requires a more aggress treatment. My mom had to get three different types of chemotherapy and undergo radiation treatments. She displayed amazing strength and drive through her journey. I don’t think I ever saw her cry one time.

If anything, she was the one letting everyone else know that she would be okay. Her team of expert doctors never made her feel like she was dying so I don’t think my mom ever felt like she was. Instead of wearing a cap or a scarf over her bald head, my mom found a wig that looked just like her hair and wore it out in public. Her reasoning, “I don’t want people to look at me and think I’m dying because I’m not.” She would do her chemotherapy treatments for hours and go home and cook dinner for our family.

My mom is a 3-year survivor and doing great today. I truly believe my mom’s positive attitude is what got her through the toughest time of her life. I would love to encourage anyone battling cancer to be strong, courageous and keep a positive mindset. Don’t focus on the negatives.

Erin Adcock, Senior Student in the Lipscomb University Didactic Program in Dietetics

Lipscomb University Senior Students

Author Lipscomb University Senior Students

Through a program with Lipscomb University’s Didactic Program in Dietetics senior students contribute blogs to PearlPoint’s Pearls of Wisdom. Lipscomb University is located in Nashville, TN. The primary mission of the Lipscomb University Didactic Program in Dietetics is to provide a high quality undergraduate educational experience in a Christian environment which prepares graduates for acceptance into internships and/or careers in dietetics. The curriculum is designed to provide for the development of the Foundation Knowledge and Skills established by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) for Entry-Level Dietitians. Additionally, our students conduct a number of service projects each year in an effort to make others more aware of issues related to nutrition. Upon completion of the program, students will have the necessary knowledge and skills required for quality performance as a dietetic intern and/or professional. Through the PearlPoint Pearls of Wisdom blog series, students gain experience in providing easy-to-understand, written nutrition content for cancer survivors and caregivers.

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