By, Dr. Mukul Gharote, Oncology
Being diagnosed with any type of Cancer can be dreadful. However, it is important to remember that with medical advancements, most types of cancer today can be cured. By stressing yourself out, you could actually worsen your prognosis. Hence, it is important to pay attention to your physical health, mental health and emotional health when dealing with cancer.
Here are a few tips that could help.
- Live in the present: Do not dwell on how far you need to go or what you have already been through. Instead, focus all your attention on what you are doing right now. Your mantra should be ‘one day at a time’. Accept the state of your body as it is right now, not how it will be tomorrow or how it was yesterday. This will help you stay calm and keep you confident.
- Do not doubt yourself: It is important to root for yourself. Even if you don’t feel good at all, you must tell yourself that you will overcome this disease. Do not listen to people who feel sorry for you. Instead, surround yourself with people who shower you with love and who will give you a boost when your confidence levels dip.
- Embrace love: Do not shut yourself off from everyone around you. Their love is very powerful and can help you fight this disease. Build a strong support system of friends and family who will take care of you and be there for you.
- Relax: The human body on its own is very powerful and has healing abilities. However, if order for it to utilize these abilities, it must be stressed free and relaxed. Worrying about your treatment will not help in any way. Hence, try to relax with meditation or yoga. Also, keep away from people and situations that could stress you out.
- Don’t hold your emotions back: It’s okay to laugh while you’re undergoing treatment for cancer. Laughter can in fact be very therapeutic. However, you may not always find something funny to laugh about. Even if you feel like crying, it’s okay to let go and have a good cry. This can be cathartic and help you maintain a balance of emotions.
Most importantly, make the decision to try to be as happy as you can. It isn’t easy, but this simple difference in your attitude can matter a whole lot in the outcome of your cancer treatment.