Antanitus, Edward S. – Surviving Mesothelioma

Antanitus, Edward S.

Having past experience with cancer in my family, I would take the advice of the doctor and start treatment; however, I would not stop in my pursuit of an academic career. Depending on the type of cancer, I probably would choose a treatment that does not hinder my academics so much that I would have to quit college. With that said, my main concern with my limited time is to do what I always wanted: help people through research and getting to know others that have cancer and console them. Another side of that coin is that people in the same situation can also give insight into choosing a treatment. I think people in the same situation of a terminal illness would see what little things can add up to in the big picture. This is a well known fact that people with similar illnesses have some of the most solid support systems. Therefore, this would considerably influence my choice of treatment. I would always listen to my closest family and make an informed decision along with the wisdom and guidance of others afflicted in similar ways. God would also be an outlet for wisdom and direction. I believe that it would be the most beneficial if I pooled all three outlets into a single idea; I could work out a treatment with the doctor for the best treatment according to my ideals. The ideal treatment would be one in that I do not center the rest of my life around. If there was a chance that an intense treatment could lead to a cure, then I would go ahead with the treatment. However, if the cons would outweigh the way I live too significantly, I would not proceed with the treatment. The treatment should not run my life, but rather facilitate a positive psychological effect so that I can continue my life as it was before the cancer prognosis.

My academic career has been number one behind my family. I would first let my family know that I love them and I firmly believe that I should do as much as possible in my limited time to save others. Science has given countless lives second chances; therefore, I would work relentlessly to help others with dire or ominous situations through research. Even though my experience in college has been limited, I have learned a myriad of fundamentals and little ways research, even at its smallest level, can aid in making the big picture come together.

The world should not revolve around a single person, and I believe I would say that my life should not revolve around a dire prognosis. This is where the big picture would come into the scene. In the fall of 2010, I would go to a university and begin my studies in environmental biology. Cancer doesn’t just happen from strictly biological matters, but more than often environmental issues cause the disease. I would work hard in my studies to reveal the impurities and carcinogens that people face every day. This work and research would open more doors in finding small, but effective ways on how to block and avoid contaminants entering the body. If I can help in professing these simple and effective ways on living cleaner, I could help countless number of people.

Mr. O’Connor would agree in my philosophy that one person should not come to a complete stop if they are still feeling like they can be of positive assistance to society as a whole. I think part of my treatment would be to go out to others and experience things that I have never done before in my life. From going out and exploring, I would gain experience and insight that cannot be learned from books or lectures. I can also spread the word to never give up even when you may seem to be digging your own grave at some moments when in a terminal illness may get the best of a person mentally and physically. If I learn something every day, then I would feel as though the day was worth the whole world.

From looking to past family experience, life should be lived and not be taken for granted because it can end in a micro second. I think that an experience of having a terminal illness would make me view life as a tennis match. Do not focus on the big picture; play every point as a positive thing and try to make the best out of the point. Applying this idea to a terminal illness would help me to forget about the negative, and focus on what means the most to me at the moment. Helping and loving others through any way possible would make the most out of nothing. As a result, what I would want to accomplish is inspiring anyone not to give up because you can be in the worst possible position and still influence someone in a positive manner. If I could assist in saving or healing people through my research and proclamation of “never giving up” lives could and would be changed forever. Experiencing a terminal illness would be an epiphany in understanding the challenges of life and how fragile I am in society and the world.

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