Coping Cancer

Coping With Cancer

Learning that you have cancer is a difficult experience.After your cancer diagnosis,you may feel anxious,afraid or overwhelmed and wonder how you can cope during the day's ahead.Following these suggestions may help-

Try to obtain as much basic information about your cancer diagnosis so that you may make decisions about your care

Communicate freely with your doctor and your loved ones.You may feel particularly isolated if people try to protect you from bad news or if you try to put up a strong front.If you and others express emotions honestly,you can all gain strength from each other

Your body will undergo physical changes.If drugs cause hair loss,advice about clothing,wigs and hairpieces may help you feel more comfortable and attractive

Treatment will require a leave of absence from your normal duties.Make arrangements for this

Choose a healthy diet consisting of a variety of foods and get adequate rest in order to help you manage the stress and fatigue of the cancer and its treatment

Exercise and participating in enjoyable activities may help.Recent data suggest that people who maintain some physical exercise during treatment not only cope better but also live longer

Accept help.It gives those who care about you a sense of making a contribution at a difficult time.A cancer diagnosis affects the entire family and adds stress,especially to the primary caregivers.Accepting help can go a long way in preventing caregiver burnout

"And whatever your labours and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace with your soul. With all its sham,drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy. Max Ehrmann,"Desiderata"

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