New Weapon in the War on Cancer Teaches How Mindset Enhances Quality of Life

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As exciting new medical therapies in cancer treatment continue to emerge, the newest weapon is an inspiring human face - a young adult survivor (named JOY) who serves as a personal guide to those facing cancer while delivering happiness, showing that laughter is the best medicine after all.

Joy is a huge proponent of 'Laughter being the best medicine.' Cancer is no longer an immediate death sentence, Joy said.

Many facing cancer and other serious illnesses today realize there is truth to the old adage, "Mind over matter."

From Valerie Harper "facing terminal cancer... with joy" as her People magazine cover stated going on "Dancing with the Stars" during treatment to little brain cancer patient Jack Hoffman scoring a touchdown during Nebraska's spring game - and who could forget Deb dancing before her double mastectomy? Among these inspiring actions, now a young adult cancer survivor - who's ironically named Joy - is emerging as the personal guide on how to have happiness with cancer.

Joy was diagnosed with stage four cancer at 33 years young, and she endured three years of grueling chemotherapy treatments while suffering the complete loss of her shoulder-length hair as one of many side effects during her cancer treatment. In spite of all of this, Joy realized, "No one's happy they have cancer!

But you can have cancer and still be happy!"

Since everyone wants to be happy, Joy began a movement to help others face "Cancer with JOY," quite figuratively but literally too with Joy as your personal guide sharing useful content on the "Cancer with JOY" Facebook page as well as on Twitter @cancerwithjoy. This campaign is making quite a difference, for both cancer patients and caregivers during the journey. Joy also authored "Cancer with JOY," published by Morgan James Publishing of NYC now available in paperback, as an ebook, and audiobook too. Joy blogs for The Huffington Post, spreads her cheer as a professional speaker delivering a message that's enthusiastically received at hospitals, cancer treatment centers, churches, and she also coaches individuals from diagnosis through treatment.

Joy believes whole-heartedly a positive attitude helped her achieve not only remission - but a better quality of life through her treatment. Joy shared, "When I speak to groups, I often ask, 'How many of you think it hurt me being (mostly) positive throughout my treatment?' I see people shake their heads. Then I ask, 'How many of you think it helped me?' Most of the hands go up in the air!"

Joy is a huge proponent of "Laughter being the best medicine." "Cancer is no longer an immediate death sentence," Joy said. "And a big part of the word cancer is the fear that comes along with it that makes the 1,500,000+ diagnosed every year in the U.S. limit their lives. Choosing to face 'Cancer with JOY' cures that paralyzing fear and enables living life to the fullest as many days as possible. That's a life-changing breakthrough for many."

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