Author: Huang Zhou
The first step to overcome cancer is to change your mind and never give up. The first chapter, the hope, the sham hope , the three doctors who hold the “true hope”, recently analyzed the three famous doctors who successfully overcome advanced cancer. In the case, I found an amazing fact. Two of the three famous doctors were my teachers at the Seoul National University Hospital, and the other was a senior doctor who shared my ambitions. Dr. Gao Changshun overcame three types of cancer (colorectal cancer, duodenal cancer, liver cancer). Dr. Han Wanqing overcame liver cancer that had metastasized to the lungs. Dr. Li Xida stood up stubbornly from as many as 11 cancer recurrences.
If the three doctors have in common, they are reborn after a desperate struggle with cancer. Although their treatments are different, it doesn’t matter. The important thing is that they have never been lucky or blindly fantasized. In the process of overcoming cancer, they dared to look into the cold reality, greet hope with perseverance, and finally turned this dream and hope into reality. They are the representatives of “holding the true hope.”
The Principle of Survival During the Vietnam War, American General Jim Stockdale was the highest-ranking general in the US Capricorn Camp of the “Hanoi Hilton” prisoner of war camp. From 1965 to 1973, during his eight years in prison, he was tortured and tortured for more than 20 times, but he survived strongly and eventually returned to China.
As the highest commander in the captive, he withstood the pressure and tried his best to create conditions to fight for the hardships of other US military prisoners who were less hurt and successfully released. He understands that in addition to protecting his own life, he also bears the heavy responsibility of all the soldiers in the prison camp.
In order to do his duty and responsibility, he risked his life to exchange secret information with people outside the prisoner of war, and created clever internal communication means to ease the sense of isolation of the prisoners of war. In addition, in the face of endless torture, he created a set of methods to protect his subordinates. In the end, he and his men finally waited for the day of release with the conviction and unyielding will to victory.
After returning to China, he won a lofty honor and became the first Samsung general in the United States to receive both the Navy Pilot Captain Medal of Honor and the Medal of Honor of Parliament. Later, he co-authored “Love and War” with his wife, describing the love and experience of eight years.
Jim Collins cites the anecdote of General Stockdale in his book From Excellence to Excellence, which is a good example of the great power of “belief.”
In an interview with Collins, Stockdale said: “The first to die in the prison camp is those optimists.” When Collins said that this was contradictory, he explained: “They always think that Christmas can be released, Christmas was not released, and Easter, Thanksgiving, and the next Christmas continued to think. As a result, they gradually lost confidence and ended in depression.”
“I have a strong belief in the long run . I believe that I will be able to live alive and never end in failure; but I look directly at the most cruel facts in reality, never confusing beliefs and facing the principles of reality.” Stockdale continues to explain. Just like Stockdale, when optimism and realism are combined perfectly, it will bring good results. This is also true for cancer patients. Cancer patients must not only have the belief of “curing cancer,” but also have the ability to calmly and directly see reality.
Professor Jerome Groopman of Harvard Medical School has questions about whether optimism and the power of hope can reverse the progression of the disease. Because he found in the treatment, many patients who have strong hopes for radical diseases, many people have not improved their condition, but have deteriorated. Later, the study found that the patient’s hopes are divided into two types: “true hope” and “false hope.”
“Fake hope” usually refers to “indifferent hope.” This is a situation in which the illusion of rosy is embraced by the mentality of “It will be better, I am sure to survive” and “Looking forward to the future with a mentality of affirmation and expectation.” But deep down, it is difficult for such people to control their own situation, environment and future. It must be said that this hope is closer to delusion, and most people who have delusions can only greet the end of death.
However, patients with “true hope” will certainly survive. Like General Stockdale, those who have “true hope” have the courage and courage to look at the cold reality, and the belief that any pain can be overcome. This hope is not an indifferent hope, but an unshakable expectation. In the treatment of cancer, this attitude will help patients through the difficult process of cancer treatment, and become the cornerstone of cancer.
Hope is the most central part of human feelings. The “true hope” rooted in reality is completely different from the optimism that indifferent to “rose fantasy.” “Really Hope” gives people the power to overcome real difficulties on the basis of direct reality.
In his book “The Anatomy of Hope,” Dr. Jeno Gupman introduced his colleague, George Griffin, a professor of pathology at Harvard Medical School, on the anti-cancer journey. Dr. Griffin, the most recognized authority on gastric cancer in the United States, has conducted gastric cancer research not only in the United States but also in China and South Korea. Later, he also married a Korean pathologist who had conducted research together.
In 1987, Dr. Griffin developed symptoms of bad breath and vomiting, and he underwent a gastroscopy. The wife who used the microscope to conduct a biopsy with Dr. Griffin then cried. The results of the examination showed that Dr. Griffin had metastatic gastric cancer and the estimated survival time was only 6 to 9 months. This is undoubtedly a blue sky for them.
In the face of the threat of cancer, Dr. Griffin did not give up, but made an amazing choice. Usually, when such patients are treated, they will choose symptomatic treatment for the purpose of prolonging life and reducing pain, but he has decisively selected a large number of treatments using anticancer agents and concentrated radiotherapy. Moreover, he underwent surgery and forced a second-stage chemotherapy in an extremely impaired state. For Dr. Griffin’s approach to treating torture, the medical community calls it “crazy behavior.” But the couple, both with their earnest prayers and unwavering convictions, clung to their choices. Then he left the medical profession.
Thirteen years later, Dr. Cooper, who happened to meet Dr. George Griffin, who still looks healthy, feels deeply guilty. Because at the time, all doctors, including Dr. Cooper, completely gave up treatment for Dr. Griffin.
“Hope” contains an unyielding will. Suppose that Dr. Griffin listened to the advice of doctors at the time and might not live the present. In the battle against cancer, he completely ignored the so-called statistics and decisively gave up the “false hope” of blind optimism.
“Even in the worst moments, I dare to face the information that the data conveys.” This is what Dr. Griffin said to Cooper. “Fake hope” will hide the threats and dangers caused by the disease, while “true hope” allows patients to correctly understand the cold reality. The hope of burning supplies humanity with the courage to challenge difficulties and the power to completely overcome the cruel reality.