The big C – aka cancer, we never think Cancer will happen to us. The fact is that today, cancer is one of the most common illnesses in the world. There are over 200 different types of cancer affecting our bodies. On average, just over 35% of us will be diagnosed with some form of cancer in our lifetime. Being told that you’ve got cancer is one of most terrifying things that can ever happen to you. The good news is that cancer survival rates are increasing every year, with more and more people beating cancer.
Despite this, dealing with a cancer diagnosis is never going to be easy. It can turn your life upside down and throw your whole world into total chaos. Living with cancer isn’t something that you have probably ever expected that you would have to do. So there’s little chance that you’re prepared for it – why would you be? To help make the living with cancer and navigating your way through it easier, I wanted to share some tips and advice.
Get the facts
Don’t be scared to get the facts – you need to know what you’re dealing with. You need to get an idea of what this diagnosis means from your doctor. To do this, ask them any questions that you might have, from has my cancer spread to what are my chances of making a full recovery?
The more questions you ask, the better. You might want to know every last detail about it or you might want to only know the basics. Choose what is best for you.
Understand that your body will change
It might be a scary prospect, but it’s important to understand that your body will change when you undergo treatment. Your doctor should be able to advise you about the possible changes that your body will go through when you undergo treatment. For instance, the side effects of Chemotherapy include hair loss. If these changes sound upsetting, it could be worth speaking to a therapist about them. There are plenty of specialists who are able to help you adjust to the physical changes that come with a diagnosis. You may also find it helpful to read and follow blogs that are all about dealing with a cancer diagnosis.
Lead a healthy lifestyle
Despite the fact that you’re unwell, it’s important to lead a healthy lifestyle. Studies have shown that people who lead a healthy lifestyle while suffering from cancer, have a better chance of recovery. Plus, by eating the right things and staying as active as possible, you’ll boost your energy levels.
This will give your body a better chance of fighting back and beating the disease. For advice about the best foods to eat, ask your doctor. They should be able to give you a list of all the best foods to eat, as well as examples of supplements that may be useful for helping to aid your recovery.
Being told you have cancer is something that you never want to hear. However, if you are diagnosed with cancer, you have to come to terms with the fact that you are unwell and work out the best ways to fight it
Living with the big C is by no means easy, but if you take the right steps, you can make navigating your way through it, a little easier.