The following article is a guest post.
Hearing a cancer diagnosis is a terrible thing and people can react very negatively to it. Some people get depressed, some get angry, which are both natural and normal reactions.
However, dwelling in this state of mind is not normal nor healthy.
Once you have been diagnosed, you need to absorb the news and adapt to the new situation. With new treatment options being discovered and perfected every day, the chances of overcoming cancer are better now than ever.
Pills such as Tesetaxel, gene therapy, radiation therapy and other methods keep getting better.
Have Support of Friends and Family.
The first thing you need to do is let your friends and family know about your condition. Give them time to process the information.
They will offer you their support and company. You should accept this help because continuing with your normal life is the best thing you can do.
Sometimes, people who are close to us can react strangely to such big and important news. Give them time to adapt, but be sure to set some rules about your condition.
You do not need condescension and pity from them, so make sure that they know that.
Seek Professional Help.
If you yourself aren’t able to cope with the magnitude of the illness and its implication on your life, consider talking to a professional.
Your oncologist will recommend you some people with whom he has worked in the past. It is not uncommon that people with a cancer diagnosis feel lost and overwhelmed at first. However, with a bit of help, you can find your ground and get on with your life.
Seeking professional help is nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, it shows that you have the strength to face your problems instead of running away from them.
When you feel comfortable enough, you can start your treatment.
Research Treatment Options.
Your doctor will tell you what your options are. With so many different treatment options, you may feel lost at first. That is why you should do some research about current and emerging treatment options to discuss with your doctor.
The main reason to do this is to feel involved in the process, rather than just a helpless victim and passive observer.
Look up any experimental and novel treatment options near you and ask your doctor if you qualify. You can only increase your chances of full recovery.
Adapt Your Diet and Exercise.
This may be a good time to think about your diet. What will your body need to fight this illness?
Generally, a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables are recommended, whereas processed foods are discouraged. Not only will you help your body fight the illness, but you can lose weight in the process.
An important addition to the proper diet is exercise. That’s why you should consider taking up regular exercise if it is not yet a part of your daily routine.
Stay at Work if You Can.
Going to work gives people purpose, which is particularly important when you are fighting cancer.
If your condition permits it, stay employed and go about your day as you would normally. If you are not feeling capable to give it your best, maybe you can ask for a part time position.
Keep Your Hobbies.
Just like work, hobbies give us focus in life. If you had a hobby before you were diagnosed, try to keep it up. Happiness can help your immune system fight off a lot of illnesses, as found by researchers at Berkeley.
If you don’t have a hobby, think about what makes you happy, what interests you and find a way to incorporate these activities into your day as much as you can.