My brother has stage 4 kidney cancer. He used to be a healthy guy over 200 pounds (pictured above) who tried dieting. Well, he discovered his diet was working wonders. He began to lose weight without effort…until he couldn’t stop losing weight. When he got less than 140 pounds he realized something was wrong. What he thought was weight loss from a diet was actually the result of cancer.
Kidney cancer is a fairly rare and virulent form or cancer that is highly resistant to chemotherapy. He is currently taking Nexavar, a targeted molecular therapy. Spots have appeared on his lungs and liver so his mood is not good to say the least. No matter how grim matters may appear, as long as there is life there is hope.
To encourage him I gave my brother the DVD of The Secret. For those who don’t know, years ago The Secret had a moment of fame. The Secret is about the law of attraction. It suggests what we think/feel is what we’ll attract into our lives. The DVD takes the premise too far suggesting it can do more then is likely. I suspect it overstates its case to make it more understandable to a mass audience. Yet I’d suggest there is truth to the concept. We do manifest into our lives what we think and feel, but within limits.
Can the law of attraction help cancer patients? It might seem almost cruel to suggest that “happy thoughts” can cure cancer. When someone is battling cancer it is nearly impossible to even think of anything else anyway. I submit in the battle with cancer the mental struggle is as important as the physical. The power of mind over body is well known and being positive can only help. As long as there is life, there is hope. If the law of attraction cannot ultimately prevent one’s destiny it can make the journey far better.
My brother’s reaction to The Secret’s law of attraction was interesting. On the first viewing he scoffed at it. We discussed the law of attraction, and I explained how it works in very real ways if not mystical ways. On his second viewing, he said it encouraged him. He said he would try to practice these ideas. Doing so has helped ease his mind to an extent. It has been eight months since he was diagnosed with cancer, and he is maintaining. He maintains hope. I’d suggest a DVD of The Secret would be a helpful gift to any person suffering from cancer. What better gift then a positive idea and the promise of hope?
I’ve been away from blogging for a couple of weeks. I discovered myself worrying greatly about my brother and lost my blogging voice. Time for me to use the law of attraction as well and have hope.