In a normal life, there are a lot of things to get done in a day and not enough hours to do them. This is even more true when you have treatments to go to and are left feeling zapped of energy. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, or simply accept it when it’s offered.
Many people want to fight on and not take charity from others, but this can leave you stressed, tired, and make your body less prepared to fight your illness. Accepting the occasional dinner or offer to baby-sit can help you catch up or relax and leave you better able to cope.
While it may be a challenge to do, exercise is a great way to cope with the stress of breast cancer. Not only will it lift your spirits, it can also help maintain a positive body image which can be affected by a breast cancer diagnosis, especially if you have to undergo a mastectomy.
Plus, once you get over the initial drain, exercise actually helps give you more energy which can get you through your treatment and the rest of the day.
While it is possible to cope and live with cancer, you have to remember that this will change your life in many ways,both mentally and physically. Along with the anger and ‘why me’, will come a new appreciation for life, and less focus on the small stuff, with more on the big picture and leading a meaningful life for however long we are blessed to be here.
While it is true that your life won’t be the same, you can still continue to live positively and not let breast cancer define you or beat you