Hackett, Leslee

There are lots of people who don’t give up just because an obstacle comes into place. A man known by doctors and recognized in Caner Monthly named James “Rhio” O’Conner went through a similar situation.

Recently he was diagnosed with a deadly cancer named mesothelioma. According to https://survivingmesothelioma.com/- a patients survival guide to mesothelioma cancer, “Mesothelioma (cancer of the mesothelium) is a disease in which cells of the mesothelium become abnormal and divide without control or order. They can invade and damage nearby tissues and organs. Cancer cells can also metastasize (spread) from their original site to other parts of the body. Most cases of mesothelioma begin in the pleura or peritoneum.”

“Working with asbestos is the major risk factor for mesothelioma. A history of asbestos exposure at work is reported in the majority of cases. However, mesothelioma has been reported in some individuals without any known exposure to asbestos.”

Due to his recent struggles, James O’Conner has inspired me to never give up on life, to not let something tear your life apart and to always seek answers. He wanted to find his own path to health and as an end result he outlived his prognosis by seven years. By following in his footsteps to an extent, I would try to find out more information about my prognosis to see if I even have the cancer. Many people make mistakes and they are really easy to make. As stated on the patients survival guide, “mesothelioma is often difficult to detect.” I would try to get a second to third opinion and see what the doctors will tell me.

If I did have mesothelioma, I would take the chemotherapy, the radiation, and surgery, if it did not make the situation worse than it was. By taking such steps, it might slow down the process of my cancer or even terminate the cancer! After getting different results, I would look into the prognoses by talking to my family, to see how I should handle the situation. Then I would take into consideration the factor that my health status at the time of being diagnosed. It might have triggered the cancer, even though it may not have been detected in earlier stages. Health is a very important factor to almost everything you do. As he stated in his book entitled “They Said Months, I Chose Years: A Mesothelioma Survivor’s Story,” he took over a hundred supplements, changed his diet, practiced mind-body medicine and most of all relied on his own discipline to help out with his cancer. Completing this type of change is not easy, but in the long run it will help. Health can make a difference regardless of the situation in hand. With Mr. O’Connor completing this regiment he outlived his prognoses.

Lastly, I would cherish every moment in life to the fullest extent, not due to being diagnosed with cancer, but because life itself is so precious and cancer is nothing to take lightly. Receiving this type of information can be too much to handle for a person. I would pray and always seek the positives out of the situation, being that there is always a positive factor to every situation. In his book, he states that “Whatever the doctors said, I knew I could conquer it.” Having such faith is what always brings me back to the old saying my mother tells me “Life may have twists and turns like a river but you determine where you go from there and how you travel down that river to make it through the obstacles.” I believe that Mr. O’Connor handled this type of information to the best of his ability and as an end result he lived and cherish life.

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