When you’re diagnosed with breast cancer, it may suddenly feel like the only thing that matters to you. While it is important for you to spend time thinking about your treatment options and other arrangements, your cancer diagnosis doesn’t have to become your whole life. With a bit of effort you can help take the focus off your cancer and continue thinking about the things that really matter to you.
The most important part of getting through breast cancer treatment is having people around to support you. Whether it be friends, family, a support group, or another group of people, that support can actually be the difference between a failed and successful treatment. Talking to survivors and learning as much as you can about the disease is a great way to stay positive and pro-active about your health.
If you let it, breast cancer can easily take over you life, from what you do to how you think. This can leave you more stressed out and make your body less able to fight the disease.
Instead of stressing about what to do next, focus on relieving your stress. A great way to do this is through yoga. It calms your mind and body, helps you feel better mentally, and has even been shown to relieve the physical symptoms of breast cancer and cancer treatments.
Many people get their diagnosis and decide immediately that they must be strong and not let it get to them. While this seems like a great philosophy, it’s not necessarily realistic. You need to take time to express what you’re feeling instead of simply suppressing it and letting it get to you.
Yes, it’s good to keep a positive outlook, but you also need to take time to cry and vent your frustrations and fears to a friend or family member. This will help you feel better and get through each day.
Continued in Part 2.