Cancer is a big diagnosis. That’s a clear understatement. Cancer can rock your world and send you through a gauntlet of various uncomfortable emotions. Denial. Anger. Simple overwhelming. For a lot of people, it’s a very real wake-up call to our mortality that can shake them to the core. In light of the threat to your life, it can seem difficult to stay positive. Yet, resilience is key to sticking it through treatment. Not just for you, but for your family, too. There’s no real guidebook to living with cancer. Everyone has different experiences of it. However, below, we’re going to identify our keys to staying positive as you can through it.
The idea of ‘tackling’ cancer can seem like a futility. You can’t beat it with high spirits. It’s a medical condition. You can, however, fight the effects it has on your mind. One of the ways of doing that is by being as proactive about your treatment as possible. Whether that means talking to your liposarcoma doctor about the very real risks in surgery or finding out if your children might have some hereditary risk as well. The more forewarned you are, the better you can cope with the treatments ahead.
More now than ever, it’s important to put the priority on your health. Some might let it slide, even take a fatalistic approach that it’s not worth it. But you need to be strong, in as good condition as possible to go through the treatment coming your way. In a lot of cases, physical exercise will be limited, especially if going through chemotherapy. It’s important to do it before and after treatment, however. Not only is it good for your physical and mental condition. It can even limit the chances of some cancers returning once beaten.
The people around you
No-one should go through a trial such as cancer alone. You might have some idea of acting strong to protect them from the hurt of seeing your fear or anger. People are more resilient than we give them credit for, however. Find the people closest to you and be honest with them. They can help you work through your emotions rather than just bottling them up. Your loved ones aren’t the only support you can get, either. There are all kinds of networks that can offer support, advice and even funding in some cases.
With support or without, you are likely to undergo a torrent of emotions, as we’ve said. It’s important not to downplay the significance of your mental health in the face of your physical threat. If you’re suffering depression, anxiety or stress, you can get it treated. You should also consider therapy to help you deal with the underlying mental causes. Avoiding isolation and exercise can be great help in fighting these mental disorders as well. Besides that, you should still find time to do things you enjoy. Relax and unwind in your own way. Cancer doesn’t have to get in the way of everything you love about life.