Being diagnosed with cancer will always be a shock, but it doesn’t have to lead to despair and surrender. In fact, there are many ways for people to live close to normal lives with cancer once they take control and work out how their own future will work for them. These few ideas are just a start to help you if you need to live with cancer.
Take Time For Yourself
Being told you have cancer is a mind-blowing moment. Your head will be spinning, and you’ll have too many questions to even begin to articulate. So don’t. Step away. Take the leaflets and the advice from the doctor, and then get out of their office and take some time for yourself. We know that is easier said than done sometimes, particularly if you have a family at home, but do try. Even if it’s just locking yourself in your room or soaking in a deep, hot bath for an hour. You need to calm down and formulate a plan. In order to beat cancer, you need to own it, and you need to fight it. It’s a war, and wars need strategies.
Look For A Doctor
Cancer won’t go away on its own, apart from in the most unusual and surprising circumstances. Generally, it’s there to stay until medicine can shrink it or remove it. This means you will need a medical professional on your side throughout your treatment, no matter whether you choose to go down the traditional route or you want to try something more holistic. You might need to travel to see the doctor who seems to suit your requirements the best and don’t be afraid to ask for a second opinion.
Also, don’t be afraid to engage a medical malpractice attorney if you feel the advice and care you were given was detrimental to your overall health and diagnosis. It’s crucial to do whatever you can in these circumstances.
Changing some things about your lifestyle – specifically, what you eat, what you drink, and how much you exercise – can help you to fight cancer and to heal well once you have done. You can’t control the disease as such, but you can control what you do and what you put in your body, so concentrate on that, and you will feel much better for it. Making these changes is good for your health and the health of your family, and they will also give you something to focus on when you are feeling down.
Have A Support Network
You may find that you feel much better about everything when you have a good support network around you. This could be friends and family who are willing to listen to you when you are having a bad day, as well as when you are feeling on top of the world. Or it could be a group of strangers at a support meeting – people going through the same thing as you. There is no one size fits all solution to what is going to make you feel better, so it’s up to you to try a few things to find the one that suits you best.