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How To Stay Positive In Any Situation

By Edited Nov 21, 2013 14 23

Life is full of wonderful things, however it is filled with really terrible things too. Unfortunately, we all have to experience some bad things at one time or another in our life. For me, it came out of the blue 6yrs ago. I was an extremely healthy (or so I thought I was) 29yr old. Everything was going great for me. I owned a gift shop, I had a wonderful husband, and I had a beautiful 2yr old. I was 29, strong, successful, healthy, and nothing could stop me----or so I thought.

In August of 2003 I found a lump in my breast. I didn't think much of it, breasts are lumpy right? Well, I went to the doctor just in case it was a "cyst" or something like that. To make a long story short after an exam, an ultrasound, and then a biopsy, I was told I had a very agressive breast cancer. They believed it was in the lymph nodes and set an appt. up to see an oncologist immediately. Come to find out it was grade 3, stage III, and the younger you are (which I was extremely young for breast cancer) the lower the survival rate.

For the next 2yrs I went through 8 rounds of chemotherapy and 11 surgeries. It was the hardest 2yrs of my life. I never, ever felt sorry for myself--ok maybe a little when I lost my hair! The point I'm trying to make is that everyday I chose to be positive. I never ever worried about the "what if" or the "why me". My focus from the very start was to get well so I would be here to watch my daughter grow up. It would've been so easy to crawl into a ball and want to die. At times, I did feel that way, however I would pick myself up and make myself be thankful for all the wonderful things in my life.

Having cancer opened up a whole new world to me that didn't even exist before. I took notice of the beautiful birds that fly around, I noticed the vibrant colors of flowers, I looked at my family and friends in a whole new way. Things that were so important to me before, didn't mean anything now.

One of the biggest things that helped me get through that situation was that I would write down all the things that I was thankful for. I would read them every night and every morning. Some days it was silly, simple things like I was thankful for the flowers. Sometimes I was just thankful for being alive and having the ability to fight this cancer monster. My point is that I always focused on the positive. Never the negative. They became daily affirmations for me and showed me how truly blessed I am.

I am not happy that I had cancer and I would never wish it on anyone. Having said that, I am the person I am today because I had to face a very scary thing. I wonder sometimes who I would be if that event didn't happen to me. I believe I cherish life, family, friends, and blessings so much more than I would have.

Things You Will Need


*Notebook or Journal

*Positive Attitude

I hope for anyone who is reading this and facing a difficult situation, this article helps you and blesses you with the strength to get through it. Smile and be thankful for the good things. Don't focus on the bad. Keep that negative junk out of your mind. The more trash you put in there, the bigger of a waste dump it becomes. Feed your mind with positive things no matter what situation you are facing. You may not understand why it's happening to you at the time, but one day it may become clear to you. You have the power to chose. Make a choice to stay positive in any situation.

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Aug 27, 2009 2:24pm
Excellent article on staying positive. I'm already feeling better. I look forward to more articles from you.
Aug 27, 2009 5:52pm
Thanks so much for reading my article!! I really appreciate it! I also appreciate all of your help.
Aug 28, 2009 8:29pm
I am so sorry you had to endure this. You have inspired me to stay positive. Good luck!
Aug 28, 2009 11:13pm
Thank you for sharing a very personal story and inspiring others with your uplifting outlook.
Aug 29, 2009 6:57am
God Bless and thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. I'm sure the article will motivate others to stay strong and appreciate life as it goes on. Cheers...
Aug 29, 2009 2:14pm
Thanks for sharing your story - and for encouraging others! ~Be well & inspired~
Aug 29, 2009 2:40pm
Thank you so much for sharing your inspiring story. It's hard sometimes to keep positive, but when you do, only good can come of it. Thanks!
Sep 1, 2009 11:33am
Sorry you had to go through that - but thanks for sharing your story. I'm sure others will find it uplifting.
Sep 2, 2009 4:04am
Excellent Article on the need of staying positive. In my life I have learned that being positive can help in being successful even in difficult situations. Here is a thumbs up for your courage and positive attitude.
Sep 5, 2009 6:49pm
Reading stories like yours reminds me of just how much I have to be grateful for and all the things I've been blessed with in life! It really is a choice how we perceive our lives! Thanks for the article!
Sep 6, 2009 6:35pm
You are exactly right, we have a choice everyday to be negative or positive. Thanks so much for reading my article. I appreciate all the comments!
Sep 6, 2009 8:38pm
This is an absolutely inspiring story. I am touched and read it a few times so I can remember it when I get down.
Sep 8, 2009 3:14am
Wonderful uplifting story of success that can help others.Thank you!
Sep 9, 2009 2:22pm
great story, way to stay positive!
Sep 11, 2009 11:07am
Thank you for sharing your story. I just read today about the need of appreciation and after I read your story about staying positive and keeping a journal about positive things in life, make me realize about the attitude to stay positive and gratitude. Very inspiring story
Sep 11, 2009 4:01pm
One again, I want to thank all of you so very much for the comments. I have been blown away with how many people have read this article. I never imagined it making an impact at all. Thanks again for your comments. Blessings to all of you!!
Sep 13, 2009 2:28pm
I've noticed this article on the front page for a few days and thought i'd give it a read. I'm glad I did, I can't even imagine what it would be like to go through all that but i'm glad you are ok now. Very inspiring!
Sep 14, 2009 1:12am
I really enjoyed reading your article and I am sure you have helped others who have been in the same situation as yourself.
Great job.
Sep 18, 2009 7:45am
Very inspiring article, thank you for this article.
Sep 21, 2009 4:12pm
Thanks for sharing this inspirational article. May God bless you and your family.
Jan 5, 2010 5:36am
I have a dear friend who had probably the same type of breast cancer you had. Survival rate was 5%. She is the most positive woman I have ever known. After 5 years in remission, she remaining a shining light. She went back to school and got her Masters in Social Work. Now, she helps others on a daily basis. It makes my problems seem so small. Wonderful, thoughtful article. I am so glad you "made" it.
Apr 28, 2010 11:55pm
Excellent read!
Feb 24, 2011 12:26pm
Thanks for the article...I think recognizing the power within and realizing the importance of "perspective" is crucial for maintaining positivity. Volunteering and being active in something that is meaningful for you is another way to pay it forward and overcome your own adversities!
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