COVID-19, Cancer & Mindset

Note: this blog is dedicated to Jamie Bearse (CEO at ZERO The End of Prostate Cancer) and all of those battling COVID-19, in addition to all cancer patients.

Vannesa Delle Monache’s story & motivation resonate with me.  “The world is currently experiencing the kind of uncertainty most cancer patients experience the moment they hear the words, ‘you have cancer.’ … When I was facing cancer, I didn’t want to talk about what I was going through, but found a lot of support just hearing other people’s cancer stories. Now I want to help others by sharing mine.”

Like cancer, we are facing an invisible enemy with COVID-19. Cancer survivors already know that helpless feeling of the world spiraling out of our control. Like cancer survivors, particularly prostate cancer, there is a sense of shame and embarrassment.  I was there.   It took me over a year before I shared my story and reached out.  The feeling of aloneness almost over-whelmed me.

That said; cancer survivors are tough and have been through this before – mindset matters.  One of the components of a ‘winning mindset’ is overcoming fear.  When fear causes you to feel defeated before you even start the battle, try to overcome a challenge or trying doing something you’ve never done before.  Defeat fear before it defeats you.

With the right mindset, look up and forward to what lies ahead and beyond your current challenge, struggle or goal.  The right mindset takes courage and diligence.  It can help you step out of your comfort zone.  Your mindset drives the choices you make, and the habits you create.

We are all learning a new lexicon of terms and words that none of us thought in a million years would ever apply to us.  Don’t put off getting into new habits of self-protection today so you can protect others tomorrow.

About the blogger @TomHulsey

After Tom beat cancer and achieved his post-surgery goals, he turned his focus to education and advocacy. He is a Board Member at Mary Crowley Cancer Research (“hope live here”), Reviewer & Mentor for the DoD’s Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs and Board Member at ZERO The End of Prostate Cancer.

He was the recipient of the 2019 Lauren Beam Philanthropy Award at the New York University School of Professional Studies and the Preston Robert Tisch Institute for Global Sport for his “dedication and contributions toward philanthropic efforts that resulted in significant, positive effects on the world of sports and beyond.”

Tom is the author of THE WINNING MINDSET THAT SAVED MY LIFE .  Net proceeds from book sales benefit cancer research and education. The book has achieved a 5 star rating on Amazon.


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