When it comes to the Big “C” it is naturally a word that would make anyone cringe. There are many situations involved when dealing with cancer, and when getting the news that it’s what you have, it automatically seems to bring down a heavy weight on you, and those who love you. There are so many types of cancer; breast cancer, lung cancer, stomach cancer. There seems to be a type of cancer for every part of your body, so it no doubt tends to be scary.
Finding out you have cancer is one of the hardest things you have to deal with in life, and it can put you through a wide range of emotions from fear to anger, to simply not knowing what’s going to happen to you. These days there are many options for you to take when it comes to treating your cancer, along with different steps on dealing with it, to make it easier for you to handle.
Speaking with a specialist or counselor about what it is you’re feeling can help you put things in better perspective. It can also help you get a better grip on the outlook look of life. If you would rather not talk to a specialist, there is always the support of your family. Finding out what’s going on will, no doubt, be just as painful and scary for them as it is for you. So banning together, and talking among each other is a strong ounce of support that will be very helpful for you.
Make sure you find out everything there is to know about the specific type of cancer you have. That’ll also give you a better idea on what kind of treatment options you have. Things to know could be anywhere from where your cancer originated, if it has spread, and your prognosis. Another thing that you must learn is whether or not it is hereditary. If members of your family have a possibility in getting the same type of cancer you have, it’s best that they know ahead of time so they can begin taking the proper steps that they feel is necessary and are comfortable with. And just maybe it’ll prevent them from going through the same thing that you’re going through.
Take Care of Yourself:
It’s best to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Don’t feel as if it’s not important simply because you have an illness. If you continue to take care of yourself by eating right, and exercising, you’ll have a much better chance in beating your cancer and live a long, and healthy life.
Be sure to accept the help that your family gives you, even on days where you’re feeling angry and resentful for having cancer, or frustrated at what the cancer is doing to your body. Simple things such as running errands, cooking and doing other chores, or even sitting next to you for a conversation can help in a major way. On days where you’re feeling really sick, and can’t function the way you normally would, let them help you walk from one room to another. There will be plenty of times where you’ll feel to tired to do simple things that you’re used to doing. And that’s okay. It’s to be expected when you’re going through treatments.
Family members that are taking care of you will occasionally feel just have burned out as you, so having more than one person assist you in certain areas will be ideal. After all, that’s what they’re there for.
Don’t Isolate Yourself:
It’s quite normal to feel like you don’t know where you stand in life, and you feel better about being by yourself. But getting out in the world and doing things that you normally do can make a big difference to your overall health. It’s understandable if you want to hide your illness, at least for awhile, so as not to worry anyone. Open yourself up and let them in, and allow your loved ones to take some of that burden off of you. You shouldn’t be alone in this situation, even if you want to be.
Be Sure to Laugh:
Everyone says that laughter is the best medicine. Well, it’s true. Technically, laughter releases endorphins, which is a natural pain reliever. It also improves blood vessels in the heart which strengthens it. Laughter is also known for strengthening your immune system, and decreasing major stress levels. Many people have had a much better prognosis when they found things to laugh about. When you’re feeling afraid and anxious about having cancer, laughter can ease all of that and it gives you a better outlook on life. So don’t forget to laugh. You’ll live longer.
No matter what steps you take for beating cancer and improving your overall health, know that you are not alone. Having cancer doesn’t equal a death sentence. Think of it as simply a challenge that life threw at you. With so many options that you have, it’s a challenge that can be faced with help and support, and the best technology that doctors have to offer. Never lose faith on what it could mean to your life, and your loved ones’ life. Taking the proper steps can give you courage, and courage, most of all, will help you get through just about anything.