Dave Dubin on How to Staying Positive During Colon Cancer

Dave Dubin shares his thoughts on staying positive during colon cancer

aliveandkicknOne of the most common things that a colon cancer patient will hear is “stay positive!” But is it really so easy? Is staying positive during colon cancer possible? Can all your problems be solved by blocking out negative thoughts? Dave Dubin of AliveandKickn isn’t entirely convinced this is the case. He thinks that it is smart to consider all feelings and deal with them on their own terms. It’s never good to suppress feelings for too long, because they can then become bottled up and explode at inappropriate times. He’s been there.

Dave thinks it is important to have some perspective in dealing with colon cancer and the way it affects your life. For more, watch Dave in the video below:

Dave Dubin: Frequently, I am asked how my sole positive given I guess what about against in and what I have been through. I have a short answer and a long answer. The short answer is I am not always positive. My wife has seen me on my bad days, so trust me when I tell you that there are days when I wish for something different, so I will not lie to you and say that.
It also bothers me when others tell you, you need to be positive and there is so much especially out on the internet talking about, you need to be positive, you need to be positive, you need to be positive, men you know what you have earned the right to be depressed at times and punch the ball you know I am not saying kicked the dog, but you know I am talking about, but for the most part I am positive. I feel very fortunate in everything. I have had so many good things happen to me and around me in my brief period on this earth that in the off chance, my time comes soon or rather than later, you know I am okay with this. I have done okay for myself. I have surrounded myself with wonderful wife and wonderful family. I got great boys.

My biggest is issue is that you know I may be passing down my genetics to the boys, one has already been diagnosed, but I know what I am up against. I know who’s got my back. I am positive because I can be. I don’t glad out of my way to make myself crazy one way and another. Listen, I still play soccer. There are guys who are my age who don’t get off the couch, let alone run 90 minutes. I can still do that. I can still work at 60 hour work week and come back home and recorded bunch of stuff on the microphone and talked to fundraisers and talked to my board and other survivors. I can do these things, so that makes me feel good. That makes me positive.

I mean there are days when you know, it’s all work and non-work and of course those days I am grumpy, but we all are like that. So, no I am not always positive, but I have got a lot of good things that I am comfortable with, so why would I not be and I posted. There are lot of pictures of me out there, smiling with the family by myself, hugging survivors. That’s what I do and it is okay.

David Dubin

David Dubin

David Dubin is a three time colon cancer survivor and founder of Alive and Kickn, a foundation for colon cancer and genetic colon cancer. The foundation uses soccer games as a method awareness and fundraising.


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