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How to Deal with Cancer

By on Oct 11, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

How to Deal with Cancer

 

Cancer is a life-changing disorder that can truly be devastating physically, mentally, emotionally and socially. If you or a loved one happens to be caught in this tight spot, here are some tips from cancer survivors themselves about how to deal and cope with this often sneaky illness.

 

Acceptance

 

Accept it for what it is. There is no use denying that you have it. The earlier you come to grips with your actual situation and the earlier you receive the necessary treatment, the higher your chances of conquering cancer and surviving.

 

Ask everything you wish to know from your oncologist. Furthermore, do extra research on the particular type of cancer you are afflicted with. Read and absorb any written material relating to your cancer, from medical journals, to alternative or supplementary approaches, and to survivor stories. Truly, knowledge is power. The more you know about your condition, the less futile and the more empowered you will feel.

 

Connection

 

As long there is life, there’s always hope. Aside from your family, you may also want to be a part of a support group. Relate with other cancer patients and survivors, and you will feel that you are not alone. Empathy is always more helpful than sympathy. It’s easier to talk to and confide in a person who has experienced or is experiencing firsthand what you’re going through, than to someone who is basically clueless.

 

Never Bottle Up Your Emotions

 

It’s only normal to feel down as you deal with the draining after-effects of anti-cancer medication. All you can actually do is find a healthy outlet for such negative emotions. Whether it is bonsai, music, drawing or painting, just try to do what you love and enjoy most. Suppressing your feelings can actually make your body weaker. Try talking to a friend or keeping a journal. Meditation is also a great way to manage all the physical, mental and emotional stress.

 

You might also want to visit Kick Cancer in the Can, whose pioneer is a cancer fighter and survivor.

 

 

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