Healthy Survivors influence their outcome positively through proper action.
Many survivors have sound knowledge about their illness and genuine hope that proper action can improve the outcome. Yet for whatever reason, they don't act on their knowledge and hope in health-promoting ways.
Let's say patients know to seek medical attention for a new ache, and they have hope their doctors can diagnose their problem and help. Those patients are not pursuing Healthy Survivorship if they delay, saying, "I'll wait and see if it goes away" or "I can't miss more work" or "I don't want to call with what turns out to be nothing," Normal emotions widen the gap between knowing what to do and doing it.
Beckett's 7-word quote--"I can't go on. I'll go on."--offers an invaluable tool to Healthy Survivors. The opening sentence gives one representative voice to all the negative voices of fear, anger, confusion and insecurity. "I can't go on."
The concluding sentence gives one voice to the voices (however soft) of courage, determination to overcome and defiance. With the many voices in our head reduced to two, the voice of Healthy Survivorship gets the final say: "I'll go on."
Beckett's affirmation helps you take proper action, whatever the challenge:
"I can't eat. I'll eat."
"I can't do this therapy. I'll do this therapy."
"I can't tell my children. I'll tall my children."
Healthy Survivors learn about the obstacles to taking proper action. This way, when they feel they can't go on, they go on.