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I was thinking about this question as it relates to how cancer patients handle their disease.

I notice that some people do cancer (I like to put myself in that category) and others get cancer.  My private belief is that those who do a disease or a problem do better than those who have things done to them.

In many instances whether you get cancer or not has little to do with actions you’ve taken, but once you get the disease how you handle yourself is all up to you.

Those who do cancer question authority and ask lots of questions.  As a result those people might get better care.  I believe this is likely true for two reasons; you make more informed decisions by questioning answers and those who are involved in providing care give more attention to their patients (The squeaky wheel gets the grease).

Those who nod their heads and don’t understand might have a different outcome.  When you nod your head and you’re a cancer patient you’re having cancer do you.  This might lead to some very unfortunate outcomes.

There are many reasons we don’t question.  Sometimes it’s because we’re intimidated, sometimes we don’t want to look dumb and sometimes we just want someone else to tell us what to do. 

Those in authority are not always the smartest ones.  Sometimes your doctor might not have all the information they need.  Sometimes they might have misunderstood what you said.

We like to believe that professionals we deal with have all the answers.  In my experience, the good ones know they don’t and encourage people they work with to challenge their ideas and assumptions. 

I find that this isn’t what usually happens.  I believe it’s my job to challenge their assumptions so I know why their suggestion is right for me.  It’s in the challenging that we gain new knowledge…..knowledge that could just save our lives.

What’s your modus operandi?  Do you question authority and get great answers or do you go along and have bad things done to you?  The difference could be a life and death decision.

Josh Patrick

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