Positive thinking is good medicine


I want to thank everyone for the prayers and kind words when I’ve seen you in public.

It’s surreal living with cancer.

The last part of my initial treatment, a radiation pill, was last week. Hopefully, the blue-and-white capsule will zap any “hiding” tissue that might possibly have been missed during two surgeries to remove my thyroid.

There were no ill effects — no glowing, no green skin.

As of this writing, I am in isolation — to protect not only myself, but those whom I could possibly come in contact with over the next couple of days.

A mask is mandatory.

So is social distancing.

And I have my own supply of hand sanitizer.

As I’ve been told by my doctors and reminded myself on many occasions, it’s a non-fatal, non-aggressive bugger that has a 99% survival rate.

I’m just thankful for the proactive approach used to get it removed.

To be honest with you, since the diagnosis, I’ve put my life on hold.

I’ve forgotten how to live, smile and laugh with the world.

We’re in an unprecedented era where doctors and scientists are challenged every day to keep us safe and secure from COVID, cancer and other diseases that could take our lives at any time.

They work non-stop around the clock to find methods to prolong our lives. That one extra second in a day can create a precious memory that lasts a lifetime.

I’ve stayed in touch via text and email with numerous friends.

They always ask if I need anything.

Well, I do.

Good vibes, prayers and words of encouragement are welcome.

I keep thinking great things are coming my way when everything seems to be going wrong in my life. Those positive thoughts clear out old energy and allow new energy to enter your body, heart, soul and mind.

Each of us has a purpose in life.

None of us can define that purpose because only God knows.

I trust Him to guide me with peace, love, faith, understanding and patience every day. Some days

I may get frustrated, but He’s there to carry me in His arms when I need Him the most.

That is peace within itself.

Rudy Coggins is assistant editor of the Mount Olive Tribune. He can be reached at rcoggins@mountolivetribune.com.


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