Members of our elite group have lots of different feelings after diagnosis; some panic, some become depressed, some accept it and try to live as normal a life as possible, some refuse to accept....

This made me wonder if our beliefs can affect disease progression. Many members have survived long beyond the pessimistic 3 - 5 years often spoken about. Are those of us who manage to carry on as best they can, more likely to survive longer?

If we believe we can survive, believe the disease can be held back - do our beliefs influence the progression? I would be fascinated to learn the mindsets of members who were diagnosed over 5 years ago, and are still here.