Wednesday, 19 October 2011

WishFul Thinking or Pro Active Patient!!!

There is no wrong or right way in dealing with BC, just what you think is right for you. So when I read a post about wishful thinking I ask one question.

What’s really wrong in wishful thinking where treatment is concerned?

Susan M Love says wishful thinking is not always the best course of action, but as a patient whilst I understand her statement I disagree slightly. Wishful thinking is being involved in ones treatment or showing an active approach to your health and well being. The one thing a BC survivor talks about is the feeling of being lost, that they are no longer in control.

Yes we discuss our treatments and medications, but every step that is taken is wishful thinking that point is clear. The oncologist does not know how one person will fair to the next person with treatment. It all boils down to wishful thinking or should I say being pro active on their part to our treatment. After all we all want or wish the nightmare of BC to end.

Susan put her point about having healthy breast tissue being removed whilst the risk of leaving small amounts of breast tissue behind is still leaving the risk of BC there. Her post says the science of BC is not being addressed just a very scared individual looking for a quick solution. But these women know that small amounts of breast tissue can remain, but to them it is being pro active not wishful thinking. In the UK currently there is an ongoing argument on medication and the expense to the NHS. These drugs are seen as wishful thinking, but to me it is hope. Yet their arugment is you are just prolonging the obvious outcome.i.e. the treatment is not a cure.

On Monday I go for an Ultra sound and Mammogram is this wishful thinking or pro active? Because I could easily stay at home and not bother. It would save the NHS money and me spend those extra hours with my daughter rather than face the stress.

What I am trying to say is wishful thinking is all a cancer patient has on this road to try and prevent it’s return. To discourage a person from being pro active which is what wishful thinking is to me is wrong. I don’t believe in the carrot a day rule or swallowing a handful of fresh blackberries off a bush, but there is something that is amiss. Why else would we be in this predicament? and to say on the end paragraph Breast cancer is not necessarily an emergency and we have time. Say that to the multi corporation drug suppliers because it is them that controls the prices, which in turn controls the treatment I may receive.
Wishful thinking is also the pound/dollar sign that plays a strong part in our treatment. I.E. The Cure!!!!!!


  1. Keep being that pro-active patient! You are worth the money the NHS has to spend on a few extra tests!

  2. Ty Ginny I will obviously go have my mammo etc, but I think Susan needs to look at the pro active approach at actually taking back control not wishful thinking. Doing something is better than nothing both mentally and physically rather than sat wondering the big IF!