It’s so true when they say, “Quality of life impacts survival.” These days that mantra can be added on any topic regarding many aspects of our lives, right? I’ve interviewed a nice amount of sweet and caring individuals who have been impacted by pancreatic cancer, either directly or indirectly. I loved when guests would come into the studio pre-COVID for interviews and their attitude would be so darn positive, defying the odds as they created a powerful narrative of how life will play out for them. They had songs to inspire them. Their playlists ranged from Jazz to Hip Hop to Meditations, and New Country tunes. They never allowed the norms to dictate how they would listen to the world or see it. They surrounded themselves with incredibly positive people to bounce energy off of, and they stood up and showed off as if their life depended on it. There’s a lot we need to learn about pancreatic cancer, and life lessons from patients and their loved ones.
If music is not your thing, how about some positive books? My little suggestion of positive books could go on for days, but here goes. The Power of Positive Thinking is a recognized positive thinking book written by Norman Vincent Peale. Now, let’s get into some comedies like, Stand by Your Truth written by Rickey Smiley. It’s part memoir, part testimonial, and part life guide, mixing Rickey’s down-home humor with the values he learned from being raised by three generations of elders, steeped in the Baptist church, and mentored by some of the most celebrated comics in the entertainment industry today.
The moral to this story is, patients with higher quality of life do better! In closing, #ItsAboutTime is a hashtag you’ll see more of the closer we get to November because it will be Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month and November 19th is World Pancreatic Cancer Day. Show some love for Charlotte Pancreatic Cancer Alliance on Instagram because they align and support some of the most respected pancreatic cancer organizations in the world. You can connect on all of their social media handles at: Facebook, Instagram , LinkedIn and Twitter.