YOUR CANCER YOUR LIFE - INTRODUCTION

The fact that you have cancer does not mean that you suddenly stop being an adult person with all the accepted and recognised rights of any adult person. It is your cancer, your body and your life. You are entitled to expect and get control over all important decisions to do with yourself. I have seen many patients give away their basic rights through ignorance, fear, awe, feelings of overwhelming helplessness and a need for protection. Unfortunately, giving away those rights completes a vicious circle—giving away rights leads to dependency on others, which leads to fear and helplessness, which leads to further giving away of rights and so on. You can break that vicious circle. Know about and insist on your rights to remain in control, that is, to function as a normal adult person, in every respect for which you remain physically and mentally able.
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