Get past the “why me?” feelings, and don’t beat yourself up if you can come up with an answer to that question. Regardless of any lifestyle habits that could have contributed to your cancer, you have to face your diagnosis. Let out your initial instincts to withdraw, cry, and feel terrified—but only temporarily. Hard as it may be to feel any sort of graciousness for cancer, be thankful that technology allows earlier detection and better treatment than ever. “None of us gets out of this [life] alive, and the mere diagnosis is not synonymous with a death sentence,” writes Dr. Ryan. Don’t miss these reassuring things scientists wish you knew about cancer.
“It is time to talk of laughter and beauty—and not in spite of how ugly things seem right now, but because of it,” writes Dr. Ryan. “I urge you to simply open your eyes at all we have taken for granted.” Turn on a nature documentary and draw yourself in to the beauty of vast oceans, vibrant grass, and majestic trees. Watch how ants and other animals have amazing communication systems, and consider how incredible it is that humans have even more complex systems. Check out these things cancer doctors do to avoid cancer.