No one wants to hear that a family member, or they themselves have been diagnosed with cancer. It’s a scary thing, and the fact of the matter is that it does happen. We can’t control whether or not we get cancer in our lives, but we can control how we deal with it. How you cope with cancer can make or break you during this hard time in your life, so we want to provide a resource that we hope will help you.
A radiation oncology center put together this list of ways to help you can cope with your own, or a loved one’s, cancer diagnosis.
You’ve just found out that you or someone close to you has cancer. Now is the best time to learn everything you can about it. Do your research on credible websites like the American Cancer Society. Talk to your doctor about what this means for you. Find out what your options are for treatment, and ask them any and all questions that you might have. They are there to help you through this and will be a valuable resource on your journey to recovery.
Express Your Feelings
Don’t hide your feelings. Letting them fester inside is unhealthy and can cause other health issues with the stress that comes from it. It’s normal to feel sad, frustrated, angry, and scared. Talk to someone about that. Write down everything that you feel in a journal. Express your feelings in a way that is most beneficial to you individually, whether that is through writing, talking, art or even music. Find a healthy outlet to help you.
No one should go through this alone. Find support through friends, family, your doctor, online (or in-person) support groups, therapy, other patients. Find someone who you can trust and talk to them about what is going on. Let them know how you feel, talk about how your life is changing, and don’t be afraid to ask for help. Those who love you most want to be there for you, but they might not know how, so let them know how they can help you the best.
Care For Yourself
Take care of yourself. Don’t neglect the small things that make you. Take the time to continue to do the things that you love, whether it’s cooking, crafting, watching movies, being in nature, or whatever it is that you enjoy. Find something you can do every day to help you find some normalcy in your life. Not everything good has to stop.
Focus on the Good
There’s going to be a lot about this diagnosis that you can’t control, and that’s scary. But you need to focus on the things in your life right now that you can control. Focus on the good things like visiting family and friends or the things that you enjoy doing that you can still do. If you only let yourself think about what you can’t do, you won’t realize how much you can still do.