If Love Can Cure Cancer, I’ll be Okay.

Imagine…as the biopsy verdict is delivered, your doctor says, I think we can handle this, but we’ll need to talk with all the people who love you — we need their help.
That would be awesome. Rally the troops, message the moms, and scramble the SWAT prayer circles of every denomination. We need a whole lotta love and fast.
If only…

Our reality is that radiation, chemotherapy, pharmaceuticals and radical surgery are the first weapons in the fight. And for the most part they help more than they hurt.

But they aren’t the only arrow in our quiver. Research has shown that diet and exercise are valuable allies in the fight of (and for) your life. Still more research from the likes of UCLA and Rutgers is looking into the impact of cancer on relationships. It can be a tough time. But couples that make it through the darkest days can emerge with a stronger relationship than before. Absolutely — that’s what it felt like for me.

But back to the question at hand. Can love cure cancer? Probably not alone. But I can attest from first-hand experience that concern and caring and most of all, hugs, will go a hell of a long way toward helping a scared cancer patient believe, really believe, that just maybe we can get through this together.

So here we are at the beginning of round two. I have the medical team picked, but there’s always room for more players on my team. So bring the love folks. I may need a lot of it.

And I promise that you will get it back from me.

Mayo Clinic. Rochester, MN
June 29,2015
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