As hard as it is on loved ones, the person who has been diagnosed with cancer may feel like the bottom fell out of their world. Feelings of disbelief, shock, fear and anger are all normal feelings, and need time to be processed.
Here are four ideas to cope with cancer:
Read up on the type of cancer that you have, and you can start putting a plan in place. What treatments are effective against this kind of cancer? Will you need to take an absence from work? Is there a support group you can join to interact with others going through the same thing?
Make sure your doctor answers all your questions. Knowing what to expect makes you feel more in control.
What do you enjoy doing? Go out to a restaurant and eat your favorite meal. If you’re a music lover, put on some headphones and dance to the music. Indulge in some retail therapy at the mall and buy yourself some new clothes or shoes.
Check with your doctor to ask if it’s ok for you to exercise. Stick to mild exercises such as walking, yoga, swimming, or stretching. Exercising improves your mood and you may feel more energetic.
Write in a Journal
This is something I have done for years and I still do it every day. While you may want to confide in friends or relatives, you don’t know how they will react, and some may even joke some to lighten the mood. Writing in a journal is for your eyes only, and you can share your innermost fears without being judged. As a bonus, you can write any time of the day or night.
Reach Out for Help
Knowing you’re not alone can be very comforting, and that’s where joining a support group can be so helpful. Ask your doctor which organizations he would recommend.
If you’re financially challenged, you can contact the Cancer Financial Assistance Coalition.
I would like to recommend an audio hypnosis MP3 that shows you how to stay positive during these stressful times. This information is available to those with cancer, and if you can’t afford the modest cost, you can receive a free copy.
There’s no doubt that this will be one of the most difficult periods of your life, so you need as many positive resources as you can get. Work when you can, rest when you need to, and make sure you do something you love every day.