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Szymon Styrczula

What gives you strength?

We can gain strength from everything: the will for life, exploring the world, smiles and even… illness. When we take the strength from the world around us, don’t forget to give something back! The Greatest Strength is in us, we just need to learn how to use it!

What have you learned from your experience with illness?

There are so many thoughts and new experiences after the illness it’s hard to write down all of them :-) The most important is to respect every moment, be happy with what we have, use the life to the point of pain and aim high!

What would you say to a person, who was just diagnosed with cancer?

Fight like lions, because the stakes are high. Face up live obstacles with dignity, because nobody else will do it for you. Just remember – you are not alone!

If you would have to describe yourself in one sentence, what would it be?

In the past I would describe myself like this:

I am Szymon from Kościelisko, I drink vodka without a chaser, I dance, sing, and freestyle, smoke blunts, hustle, sometimes I am beaten sometimes I beat, but I will never get killed, because nothing bad can happen to me.

Today – after the illness – I can firmly write:

I am Szymon from Kościelisko, I love life even when it’s hard, because its the biggest blessing in the world.

Peace!

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Joanna Zielińska

Joanna Zielewska

What gives you strength?
I take my strength mostly from the inside of me, I have a great dose of genetic optimism. I am also empowered by my wonderful family and friends. I have a lot of luck in my life. I meet so many wonderful people on my way, that sometimes it is hard for me to believe it. I have raised two fantastic daughters, I am with my husband since we felt in love in the school – all of this makes me want to live.

What have you learned from your experience with illness?
After I have recovered, the world gained taste, smell and colors. I don’t plan anything, because as it goes in the saying “If you want to make God laugh. tell him about your plans”. I dream more… because dreams come true.

What would you say to a person, who was just diagnosed with cancer?

Don’t sweep your problems under the carpet. Learn how to control your fear. It’s a physiological reaction that helps us survive. It is fear that will help you react fast and decisively. Ask, consult, make decisions. Lack of decision is also a decision, but a bad one. Don’t act only by yourself, accept help from your family, friends or look for a support group. Let yourself feel bursts of anger and despair, but try to control your thoughts. Thought and imagination are the things that scares us most. Look for positives in every situation, don’t create dramatic scenarios. Don’t resign from conventional therapy, diet, herbs and positive thinking are just a support.

If you would have to describe yourself in one sentence, what would it be?

I am like a river, tender but stirring, at the same time I charm and scare, I will find a way to go around any obstacle on my path.

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Emilia Ołtarzewska

Emilia Ołtarzewska

What gives you strength?
Love.

What have you learned from your experience with illness?
To be humble and always celebrate my birthdays.

What would you say to a person, who was just diagnosed with cancer?


Let’s go. There’s a plan and you have to fight! All will be good!

If you would have to describe yourself in one sentence, what would it be?

It’s impossible with one sentence :-)
Keywords: Energetic, smiling, optimistic…

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Alicja Janicka

Alicja Janicka

What gives you strength?

I take my strength from my family. My daughters and my lovely Husband give me the power to fight.

What have you learned from your experience with illness?
In short – humbleness.

What would you say to a person, who was just diagnosed with cancer?

Cancer is not a death sentence, think positive, believe in your doctors and yourself, because you have strength to fight with the Monster.

If you would have to describe yourself in one sentence, what would it be?

Overjoyed, sometimes even crazy – KEEP YOUR HEAD UP and everything will be all right.

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Michał Rębisz

Michał Rębisz

What gives you strength?

I take it from two opposite sources. First and the most important are people close to me – my wife, sons, parents, closes friends who stayed with me against all odds. Without their help everything could go in a very different direction.

And the second – I spent a lot of time in isolation. Having all the time of the world, I read a lot. One of the books was about the basics of meditation. Thanks to it, I was able to just touch the power that sleeps in all of us, but we have to know how to awaken it in moments when it is needed the most.

What have you learned from your experience with illness?

That you can’t have control over everything and you should accept it. Some of the things just happen to us.

What would you say to a person, who was just diagnosed with cancer?

That it is very important to find your inner peace, which is not easy. Whatever happen, be calm and never surrender. NEVER!

If you would have to describe yourself in one sentence, what would it be?

My wife says: “A man with many faces: loving husband and dad, sportsman, who can sacrifice a lot for his passions”.
I was twice Poland’s rugby semi-finalist in 2006 and 2008 with a team, that is now a polish champion – Seahawks Gdynia.
During my second surgery one year ago my friend told me – “You will be an Ironman” and I thought… why not? :-)
To do this I train a lot, which helped me in coming to normality after the illness. It turns out that this normality is not the same as the one we left before the illness. But it is most important to go with it.

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