A cancer diagnosis will mark the beginning of a journey full of emotional, psychological and physical ups and downs. It will be hard to cope with all of the challenges and you might find yourself lost and occasionally hopeless. However hard it is, tell yourself not to succumb to cancer. In fact, there are many women able to cope with the changes aroused from their diagnosis by focusing on things that are important to them. Living with cancer is not impossible if you know how to.

Manage your feelings

When the news of cancer hit you, you may undergo various levels of emotions such as fright, anger, confusion, upset, guilt, and so on. Your emotions will change or become more intense throughout and after your treatment. Some women disclose that it is the time after treatment appears to be the worst period while some others feel stressed out during treatment. You may, from time to time, become so hopeless at the thought that there is nothing you can do except for relying on doctors and luck. It is blindingly natural to have these feelings, but negative thoughts can be harmful to you and spread to people around. Remember that these horrible feelings you encounter will ease with time, but you should still try to work out your emotions with people and let them help you to stay positive.

Aware of physical changes

Patients with cancer will experience some physical changes and symptoms, which can be caused by cancer itself or cancer treatment side effects. Some common symptoms are:

  • nausea and vomiting
  • loss of appetite
  • pain
  • distended (swollen) abdomen
  • hair loss
  • menopause
  • fatigue
  • constipation

Not all women experience these symptoms. Patients should talk to a health professional if any side effects or symptoms occur.

Understand your illness

Understanding your illness and its treatment will help you know what to expect and prepare for yourself both mentally and physically for the treatment. You can find out plenty of information about your type of cancer and the treatment required on the Internet. However, it is advisable that you should talk to professionals or specialists. Talk openly and honestly with them about your situation, so they can provide helpful advice on what you can do to aid yourself and to prepare for any problems that you might have.

Tips to gain better information when seeing a doctor:

  • Make a list of questions before you go
  • Take someone with you to help you remember the information

Join a support or self-help group

Joining support groups is a great opportunity for women to meet and talk openly about cancer and listen to people who have been through similar experience. Being able to share and express themselves help patients feel less distressed and more optimistic about the future.

It is okay if you do not like support groups. Some women prefer one-to-one support from someone who has been through similar situation.

It is difficult to cope with cancer in terms of both emotional and physical challenges. You need to equip yourself with knowledge about your illness, its symptoms, and treatments in order to not feel so overwhelmed.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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