I love to tell this story. During one cycle of chemo, I had the most wonderful opportunity to hear about John and ‘Bloody’ John direct from John himself. As he sat beside me getting his port flushed, he told me his story. I was so excited by the possibilities!

 John met ‘Bloody’ John in the chemo suite while they were both going through treatment for cancer. ‘Bloody John’ had been so named by nursing staff because, as a great Aussie bloke, every second word he said was ‘bloody’. John and ‘Bloody’ John were both diagnosed with the same cancer, and given the same chemotherapy drugs: 10 cycles in total, one every two weeks for near on six months. John found it difficult to eat anything for the whole six months. He could only stomach fruit and lost an incredible 20kg. Despite his slenderness, he was in great spirits the day I met him with his treatment over. Bloody John however, ate steak and veg the whole six months of chemo. John just couldn’t believe it. How different it was for ‘Bloody’ John. The chemo just didn’t seem to worry him. Isn’t interesting how two people can experience the same things, at the same time in such different ways?

 I remember my beautiful oncologist saying ‘no side effects are compulsory’. And how important our minds are in the experience of cancer. He’s spot on. Given that external circumstances were the same, the differences between John and ‘Bloody’ John could only have come from inside of them. Many people don’t realise how tapping into our internal resources can make all the difference…