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Hope Anyway

Filed Under: Sexual Health at 9:35 am | By: Susan Coyle, Senior Editor
LaboratoryScience has been and continues to be a beneficial aspect of our society. Without it, the advancements that have enabled us to fight cancers, mend bones, cure diseases and improve health would be nonexistent. We would not know which foods are best, which are worst, which vitamins we need always and which we need only at certain times. We would still be in the Dark Ages, trying to make fire. So clearly, new studies and research endeavors are welcome. Doctors and scientists are respected; their opinions and diagnoses are enthusiastically listened to. But sometimes, science and those in its profession offer us something that is more detrimental than beneficial: complete negativity.

When a patient reaches the point where recovery is more than uncertain, many doctors will tell the family that there is no hope.  They will tell them to prepare for impending death. They will present the worst-case scenario and only the worst-case scenario. Essentially, they will take away any and all positive thinking. This is the current situation, although on a broader spectrum, for cancer patients. Researchers have just announced that optimism will play no part in the cancer’s outcome.  You can smile and hope till your heart’s content, but you’ll still die. What they have done, on the surface at least, is told millions of sufferers to forget it. They’ve granted them a license to moan their way to the end of their days. For some, a little dose of pessimism is a good thing. It will enable them to accept what may be the inevitable. However for others, it’s the worst thing you could do. 

Recovery isn’t all science; there’s a little bit of faith involved, too. That’s evidenced by the “miracle” cures, by the individuals who wake up after their doctors have said they won’t, by the people who walk again and by the people who live. Even for the ones who have succumbed to the diagnoses, optimism has bettered the end of their lives, improved their quality of life and, possibly, made them more able to accept the outcome. Their smile may not have done anything to the disease, but it did something to them. So, don’t let a worst-case scenario or a scientific finding depress you. As impacting as science has been, there’s more to life.

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