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On the last track we discussed hospital strategies.
On this track we will discuss if the illness is not progressing as planned.
There is the possibility that some cancer patients who try everything they can may not recover as quickly as they think they should or recover at all. Vince, age 42, had testicular cancer. Vince had lived his entire life with only one testicle. At an early age, doctors suspected it simply had not descended. They x-rayed him and found nothing. However, years later at the age of 41, Vince began having severe abdominal pains.
How might you have responded to Vince? I stated, "Recovery is not in your complete control. Biology can overcome psychology. While there are many ways you can participate in your fight for recovery, and there is the distinct possibility that your activity may have a positive effect on the course of the illness, you don’t have the power to ensure recovery."
Vince then asked, "Who wants to fight a losing battle? I mean there’s just no way to know if I’ll win or lose at this point." To help Vince understand the importance of trying, I stated, "If you refused to enter a race you weren’t sure of winning, you’d enter few races. If you never took a job unless you would be guaranteed that it would be a great success, most people would be out of work. Almost nothing in life is certain, and there are very few situations in which anyone has complete control. In that respect, the fight for recovery from cancer is not much different from most other efforts in life."
Technique: Take the Opposite Track
On this track we have discussed talking to clients if the illness is not progressing as planned. This included a description of the take the opposite track technique.
On the next track we will discuss rebounding and rebuilding. The first step to recovery after remission is to reconcile with the idea of being healthy again.
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