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Published on June 5, 2013

When you have cancer, it touches all areas of your life, affecting you emotionally, financially and, of course, physically. In this video, Patient Power contributor Christopher Springmann addresses a question sent in from Bob, a four-time, stage IV lymphoma survivor turned author. Through his story, Christopher notes how critical it is to find tools to help combat crisis, and how journaling can be an important one that comes with many benefits. Watch now to hear his patient advice.

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Transcript | Got Cancer? Keep a Journal

Please remember the opinions expressed on Patient Power are not necessarily the views of our sponsors, contributors, partners or Patient Power. Our discussions are not a substitute for seeking medical advice or care from your own doctor. That’s how you’ll get care that’s most appropriate for you.

Christopher Springmann:

I’m Christopher Springmann for Patient Power.

Cancer is a disease that demands you take notes, so it’s important that you keep a journal, all to benefit your practioner and your sanity . . . and who knows, maybe you’ll write a blog or a book about the experience, as Bob Ellal did, entitled Energy Warriors: Overcoming Cancer and Crisis with the Power of Qigong.

Bob responded to my invitation on Patient Power to tell me his story and he was pretty surprised when I called him — well, he shouldn’t have been, as Patient Power features the patient experience, so we can all learn and benefit from the journey.

Bob was originally diagnosed with stage IV lymphoma cancer of the right hip and pelvis . . . he beat it down with chemo, only to have it return in his left hip, a year later, so more chemo and a stem cell transplant this time, then  . . . another recurrence, and another stem cell transplant  . . .  all together, four cancer events in all, the last one was 17 years ago and Bob?  He’s still here, still winning the fight!

The bottom line is that Bob is a believer in traditional Western allopathic medicine plus he’s an advocate of integrative medicine, formally known as alternative or complimentary medicine, essentially the convergence of Western and Eastern healing traditions, the best of both worlds, which is what his book, Energy Warriors, is all about…

Bob says that, “Energy Warriors / learn to draw on something deeper during impossible times. You will make better decisions in meeting challenges if you have the clarity that comes when you use the ancient Chinese art and science of che-gong to balance your mind, body, and spirit.”  For Bob, it’s all about practice and focus, to ready yourself for the continuing physical effort necessary to fight disease. 

Bob’s oncologist told him that: “We don’t know how you survived the chemo or why the cancer didn’t come back,” but she added, “Whatever you’re doing, Bob, don’t stop it.”

So, what’s your story?  Let me know, please, at comments@patientpower.info.  I’m Christopher Springmann for Patient Power, where we believe that knowledge, knowledge, can be the best medicine of all.

Thanks for watching.

Please remember the opinions expressed on Patient Power are not necessarily the views of our sponsors, contributors, partners or Patient Power. Our discussions are not a substitute for seeking medical advice or care from your own doctor. That’s how you’ll get care that’s most appropriate for you.

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