Hobbies Are Important   Leave a comment

NHL is the 6th most common form of cancer in the US, and more people are coming forward with their recovery stories. One striking similarity between many success stories is the presence of a passionate hobby to distract the patient and keep their attention off of the cancer. Here are a few examples of what I mean:

  1. Albany, Georgia resident Carol Abbott has turned to crocheting to battle NHL.
  2. Former South Dakota Governor Frank Ferrar dealt with NHL by training for triathlons.
  3. Toccoa, Georgia citizen Tony coped with NHL by turning to his religious faith.

Each of these individuals has either gone into remission, or is currently undergoing treatments. I think these stories bring up an important aspect of the recovery process. Just as strong social networks and loving relationships contribute to success in overcoming cancer, maintaining personal hobbies is critical. In all of these stories, the cancer patient claimed that their hobbies or passions “kept them going” through the hard times.

To take this one step further, this lesson implies that we should all have hobbies or passions to begin with. Obviously, waiting around till we are diagnosed with a terminal disease is not the right way to go about finding a meaninful and fulfilling activity. Many people go through their daily routine, and neglect to find the ventures that bring them intrinsic happiness. This should be a reminder to us all that we shouldn’t take a single day for granted, and we all deserve to pursue a diversion that is worthwhile to us. Who knows? It may help save us some day.

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Posted September 12, 2010 by lymphomactivist in Uncategorized

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