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Characteristics of Long-term Survivors 

  1. I have a sense of personal responsibility for my health.
  2. I have a sense that I can influence my own health outcome.
  3. I have a commitment to life in terms of unfinished business, unmet goals, or as yet unfulfilled experiences and wishes.
  4. I have a sense of meaningfulness and purpose in life.
  5. I found new meaning in my life as a result of the illness itself.
  6. I engaged in physical fitness--exercise, dietary work.
  7. I derived useful information from, and supportive contact with, a person with the same diagnosis, shortly after my diagnosis.
  8. I am altruistically involved with other affected persons.
  9. I accepted the reality of the diagnosis in conjunction with a refusal to perceive the condition as a death sentence.
  10. I developed a personalized means of active coping that I believe has beneficial effects.
  11. I am assertive and am able to say: "NO."
  12. I have a the ability to withdraw from taxing involvement’s and nurture myself.
  13. I am sensitive to my body, including psychological and physical needs.
  14. I have the ability to communicate openly about my concerns.

Adapted from the research of Solomon , Temoshok, O’Leary and Zich (Annals of the New York Academy of Science, #496, 647-655).  This questionnaire is for educational and entertainment purposes only.

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