Smile! You've Got Cancer
The Tyranny of Positive Thinking
"...breast cancer is not a problem at all, not even an annoyance - it is a "gift", deserving of the most heartfelt gratitude... cancer is your ticket to your real life. Cancer is your passport to the life you were truly meant to live."
And if that is not enough to make you want to go out and get an injection of live cancer cells, she insists, "Cancer will lead you to God. Let me say that again. Cancer is your connection to the Divine."
Cancer is a disease
PZ Myers Pharangula
"The poor woman has a metastisizing cancer that has spread to her bones and lungs, and Chopra is telling her that diet, prayer, and not thinking 'toxic' thoughts will lead to a cure! I don't know how that quack has avoided arrest."
"I got really depressed when people said I should think positive. I thought, "If that's what I have to do to survive, I'm never going to make it."
-John, a fifty-two-year-old man with melanoma
"People keep telling me to be upbeat. I say, "Screw you. I'll be however I please in dealing with this cancer I've never been upbeat in my life."
-Michael, a forty-five-year-old schoolteacher with recently diagnosed sarcoma
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