I was intrigued by an interesting post by Karl Swartz today on the CLLresearch group at Yahoo. Karl is a very active patient advocate and president of Patients Against Lymphoma, lymphomation.org
He posts regularly to the community much about CLL, on this occasion his thought provoking post allows us to forgive ourselves for not feeling positive all the time. It’s OK to be a grumpy CLL patient
How does your outlook affect you and others around you?
GUIDELINES AT DIAGNOSIS: CAN WILL POWER AND POSITIVE THINKING HELP?
" While being optimistic helps to improve our quality of life, the question
has been studied (see ACA.org item below) and the evidence shows no link
between attitude and outcomes.
So we do not have to worry about worrying, nor should we blame ourselves for having lymphoma or if the condition gets worse. It is the biology of the condition that determines its behavior - including the response to therapy.
Fortunately, for lymphoma a different class of therapy can be effective when the first does not work optimally.
For more information on the limits of positive thinking we recommend:
* Humansideofcancer. com: Tyranny of Positive Thinking humansideofcancer.com/chapt...
* ACA.org: Attitudes and Cancer cancer.org/treatment/treatm...
* PAL: Caveats and limits of positive thinking