Embracing life and being truly happy might seem impossible, if you have been diagnosed with a serious or terminal illness.
Healing is hard work and sometimes your doctor is the one giving you bad advice.
Wendy Harpham is a doctor and a patient.
She is only 36, a mother of three, and got the shock of her life when she was told she had non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
She is going through her ninth round of treatment and says being on the other side of the exam table taught her how important the doctor-patient relationship is, especially when the diagnosis is grim.
"To be a healthy survivor you and your doctors have to be on the same wavelength about what the goals are, what the expectations are and what you can do to make things better," said Wendy Harpham, M.D. Author/cancer patient.
She warns against false hope and denial, but says sometimes not accepting the bad news can lead you to a better chance of survival.
She believes patients should always do research and get a second opinion.