Things to consider after a cancer diagnosis.
Everybody has a different way of coping with a cancer diagnosis. Some want to join support groups, some keep as busy as possible, some turn to spirituality, some turn to yoga and meditation. Think about another difficult time in your life and what you did to cope. Try using the same mechanisms, but also be open to trying new things.
Here are 5 important things to consider after a cancer diagnosis...
Your diet and lifestyle choices. Is there anything you can do to improve your diet and exercise regime? Do you have any unhealthy habits that should be kicked to the curb? A healthy diet is absolutely crucial while you’re going through treatment and beyond. Your body will need all of the energy it can get from nutrition to heal itself from the harsh treatments it’s being exposed to. Click here for a list of Cancer Fighting Foods. Exercise or any physical activity that you are capable of, will be beneficial in keeping up your strength. It's also a great way to manage stress and fatigue.
How your diagnosis will affect your finances. Will you be able to continue working while you’re undergoing treatment? Will your insurance cover your treatment costs? Will your diagnosis affect your life insurance? Depending on where you live and receive treatment, there are a usually financial assistance programs available to you while you undergo treatment. Ask your healthcare team about potential options.
Anticipate changes to your physical appearance. Certain types of cancer treatment come with side effects such as hair loss, facial swelling, skin reactions, nail changes/ loss, etc. Ask your doctors what types of changes you should expect. Click here to read my tips for managing hair loss. It includes the best site to purchase wigs, as well as my personal review of eyelash serums.
Remember who you are. One of my favorite affirmations is: “I am not a cancer patient, I am a person going through cancer.” It’s important to separate yourself from the identity of being a cancer patient. Try to find the time to continue doing the things you love, with the people you love. Remind yourself of who you are, what you’re made of, and how you’re going to fight this battle!
Document your cancer journey. Keep track of how you’re feeling mentally and physically all throughout your treatment and beyond. Looking back some day you will remember what you were able to overcome and maybe share your story with others.
Even with the most supportive friends and family it's still possible to feel alone throughout your cancer journey. Joining a support group and listening to the stories of others who are going through a similar experience as you, can make your journey much easier. They may also help you to navigate the healthcare system, provide advice on side effect management, give you tips on how to stay positive, and provide emotional support.
Everyone deserves to have all the support they can get throughout cancer and beyond.
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