Hernandez, Richard | Surviving Mesothelioma

Hernandez, Richard

Gaining Knowledge is Powerful

We are faced with many difficult situations in our lives. I believe the main way to be successful over those difficult situations is to never give up. A man named James “Rhio” O’Connor was a man faced with a difficult situation and refused to give up. O’Connor was diagnosed with a type of cancer known as mesothelioma and given a year to live by his doctor. The cancer mesothelioma is a type of cancer that occurs in the layer of cells lining the inner body’s internal organs. There are three types of mesothelioma. Pleural, peritoneal, and pericardial are the three types. James O’Connor was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma. Pleural mesothelioma occurs in the lining of the lung called the pleura. James O’Connor proved the doctors wrong by out-living his prognosis and his story is very inspiring.

O’Connor’s story is an inspiration to me. I often find myself complaining about little things such as work or being sore after a workout. O’Connor was faced with a deadly cancer and all he did was try and prolong his life to find a cure instead of complaining and being down. Proving that optimism always will conquer negativity. After reading his story, it has helped me be more thankful for what I have been blessed with and has given me a different perspective on life.

If I was faced with the same prognosis as O’Connor, I would start living my life as if there was no tomorrow. O’Connor changed his nutrition and began doing research on his cancer and by doing that, it prolonged his life seven more years rather than one. I would do the same. I would look into the cancer and find out exactly what mesothelioma is and research thoroughly the one of three types I have. By researching I would be able to make a better informed decision.

I would research supplements that would benefit my nutrition and health. There are many different diets available suited for cancer victims. Nutritionists would play a huge role in maintaining my health. O’Connor consulted various nutritionists and was on over 100 supplements to keep his health going from day to day. I would consult different doctors by making phone calls or visits. These doctors would range in fields of specialty in cancer research, internal medicine, and even all natural healing. To cover all bases, I would research doctors on the World Wide Web that would qualify in the specifications suitable for my disease. I would take any and all necessary steps to prolong my life, making sure I did everything possible to try and cure my cancer.

The decision making for choosing my treatments and appropriate steps are vital to my existence. First off, in making my decision, I would talk it over with my wife and listen to her opinions and thoughts. I would also be in deep prayer about the whole situation. I would go with what I feel is right in my heart and believe it is the right decision to make. I would never try and be negative about my decisions because negativity can never get anybody anywhere. I would make sure I am 100 percent confident in choosing the treatments I would take for myself.

If visiting with numerous doctors proved that chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery would be inconclusive, I would definitely take my disease into my own hands. I will continue doing research about my form of cancer. I would gain further knowledge by looking for other cancer patients, maybe even survivors, and try to gain positive advice on how to deal or possibly overcome my disease. If I could not find any other alternative from common cancer treatments, I would go ahead follow through with them anyway. The notion that the “little” they have to offer is more hope to hold onto rather than having no hope or possibilities whatsoever.

James “Rhio” O’Connor’s life and story has been an eye opener to me. The attitude and determination he had and methods he used will forever be remembered by not only me, but others who are faced with similar situations. I would recommend O’Connor’s story to anybody who is close to giving up on any situation, not just a fatal disease. O’Connor’s powerful story can change anyone’s view on life. It has the power to help those who are in need or close to life’s end the hope for a brighter tomorrow.

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