Skip to main content

Natural Awakenings San Diego

Are you a Cancer Thriver?

Oct 01, 2012 03:33PM ● By Carolyn Gross

Often I’ll ask myself when working with cancer patients, “Is this a cancer survivor or cancer thriver?”  As a patient advocate for several years, I’ve spoken and worked with hundreds of patients and their families. This career path was given to me after successfully healing stage 3 breast cancer in 2003.  

Having the bird's eye view of working with hundreds of patients and the personal experience on the cancer trail myself,  I’ve noted the differences between cancer survivors and cancer thrivers. Here is how I differentiate the cancer thrivers and what I’ve learned from them.

Cancer Thrivers:

1) Live in faith not fear, proud of what they’ve achieved.

2) Aspire to live hope-filled lives!

3) Are proactive about their health protocols.

4) Consistently make their diet a priority and eat healthy (organic) foods.

5) Take supplements regularly to build the immune system.

6) Exercise consistently, whether on the yoga mat or training for a marathon.

 7) Are mindful of keeping their bodies and minds free and clear of toxins and toxic people.

8) Always set clear boundaries, knowing when they can push and when they need renewal.

9) Listen to their innate wisdom when it comes to treatments, supplements and health protocols that work best for them.

10) Psychoneuroimmunology is a practice they follow: Engaging the mind to kill cancer during their treatment or getting all the support they need to not let their mind get stuck on “what if it’s back” after treatment.

Carolyn Gross is a patient advocate and health expert as seen on NBC, ABC and Lifetime TV. She is the author of several wellness books: Staying Calm in the Midst of Chaos and Treatable and Beatable: Healing Cancer without Surgery. She coordinates the annual Your Health is Your Wealth Event, October 19, at California Center for the Arts in Escondido. Tickets at Visit for more information.