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Hi Friends,

I came across a small article of a cancer patient and how he dealt with it. When it could work in a life threatening ailment for US herpesters its worth trying.

I m sure some of you will find this article interesting. Here it is-

Sand sculptor Simon Smithbelieves a positive way of life helped him triumph over cancer

Seventeen years ago,52-yearold Simon Smith was diagnosed with testicular cancer. Smith lost his grandparentsto cancer; his father suffers from leukaemia and his mother is a victim ofbreast cancer. "But it's not the end of the world, you can fight it,"he says.

In hindsight, Smith believes cancer is the bestthing that ever happened to him. "It changed my life for ever, and for thebetter," says the UKresident, who was in the city last week to construct a sand castle at a highstreet shopping complex. Smith had noticed a lump in his groin, but ignored itfor two years. Only when the pain became unbearable did he go to the doctors,and thus learnt it was cancerous. They advised him to get it operatedimmediately, and undergo chemotherapy.

While undergoing treatment, hecouldn't retain any food and lost 42 pounds in a few weeks, as also his teethand hair. "Chemotherapy was painful. The idea of sitting in the hospitalbed, seeing people die and thinking about my own deteriorating condition waskilling me," he says. "Half way through the chemotherapy, the doctorssent me home to rest for a couple of weeks because I wasn't responding well tothe treatment."

But Smith didn't go home.Instead he went down to the beach where he rediscovered sand. "With abroken lollypop, I started carving sand, and found my hidden talent just likethat," says the sand sculptor. "I realised that all the pain and stress wasn't worthit. I am going to just live my life. (Live being the operative word). So I wasjust by myself at the beach, eating junk food, relaxing and building sandcastles."

Smith's mother worked as ahousekeeper for Dr. NormanVincent Peale, author of the book The Power of Positive Thinking, and Smithmet him very often. "He used to always tell me, 'If you take yourproblems, and put them in a box in the night, when you wake up the next day, you'llfind the box empty'. Your problems are only in your mind. So why mourn or whineabout it? The fear of dying of cancer was only in my head. Once I changed myattitude, my body started reacting to the chemotherapyand I was healed. "

A few weeks later, Smith wentback to the hospital, ridiculously positive and this time reacted surprisinglywell to chemotherapy. But putting positive thinking into action was thetoughest part. One has to train the mind. "When I went back to thehospital, I used to tell myself every day, repeatedly, 'I'll fight this', 'I'llbe healed' and I did." Once he decided he would be healed, he knew hewould be. "I just kept thinking of a box and put cancer into it. I said tomyself, 'I don't have cancer. Cancer is not my problem. I am not going todie."

Smith, who hasn't seen adoctor in the last 17 years, says, "The day I got out of the hospital, Icalled the doctors to thank them for their services, and told them I'll neversee them again."

When Smith got home, hestepped out of the real world and stepped into a pit of sand.

He gave up his job as asalesman and took to building sand castles full time. He left his house, andstarted living in his van, which he still does, and travelled to variousplaces, building sand castles wherever he went. He's a minimalist, eats onlyone-meal-a-day, and owns only the clothes he wears and the tools he needs. Butcautions, "I don't want the world to copy me. It's notmonkey-see-monkey-do, but the trick is to control your body through your mind.You need to tell yourself that you're fine."

When asked if he finds moulding sand therapeutic, hesays, "Oh no no. Anything can be therapeutic - washing clothes istherapeutic, gardening is therapeutic. I just do it because I love it."The only workout he does is related to sand. "If my body starts to deformwhen I am shoving sand, or carving a car, motorbike, building, or cathedral,that's the shape I got to be," he says. Smith steers clear of alcohol,drugs and makes sure he sleeps for eight hours a day. "A stress-free lifeand the power of positive thinking have kept me alive. I know I'll live to seea 100 years," he says, affirmatively. "Believe in yourself. Don'tworry about nothing."

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