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The Big “C”

Dealing with the big “C”

Taylor Williamson

The overwhelming fear, loss of control, and impending sense of hopelessness are all symptoms people face when they are told they have cancer. It’s almost a forbidden topic to discuss. No one wants to bring up the potential of being a candidate for the big, scary C. However, it’s time to overcome these fears and work at kicking cancer out of your body.

The moment you feel off or notice strange bumps, you need to go to the doctor. Once you receive the news that you have cancer, write down some questions and discuss them with your physician. Make sure no question is left unanswered. Consider bringing a close friend or family member with you. If you enjoy having people around, or prefer to be alone, the choice is up to you.

This period in your life is one of the scariest experiences you will face. Don’t push away loved ones or isolate yourself from those trying to help. They may be overbearing or hovering, but it’s because they love you and want you to stay in their lives a little bit longer. Speak honestly with your family and keep them in the loop. With them by your side, you can gain strength from each other.

Next, prepare yourself for both inward and outward changes. Speak with your doctor to discover some side-effects of the different medicines or drugs you’re taking. Ask what daily routines you can continue engaging in and which ones you should alter. People may try to avoid you or walk on eggshells when you’re around, but don’t let it bother you. They have the wrong impression of how cancer works or are uncomfortable being around you. Show them you are the same person by proving to them how strong and determined you are and remember the people who stick with you through this are your true friends.

Changing your diet plan can help improve your energy levels. Eating a healthy diet, getting adequate rest, and light exercising can lower your stress and fatigue throughout your treatment.

Accept help from your family and friends. You don’t need to bear the weight of the world on your shoulders. Let your loved ones run errands, transport you places, cook you meals, and help with household chores. Accepting help doesn’t make you weak or powerless. Letting them assist you helps them as much as it will help you.

Continue doing things you love. Find activities important to you and engage in them alone or with someone close to you. Cancer affects everyone around you. Welcome your loved ones into your life and thoughts by communicating your fears, anxieties, and feelings. Take each day one step at a time. Don’t overexert yourself, but don’t become lazy and above all never give up.

When you feel alone, like no one understands what you’re going though, consider joining a support group. Contemplate finding individuals who have cancer or who are cancer survivors. Since our world is becoming more technologically advanced, you can find chat rooms or Facebook pages centered around cancer survivors or current patients.

Everyone handles difficult situations differently. Figure out what motivates, calms, and centers you. Remember, speak honestly with people close or distant from you. Before bed or after you wake up, consider writing your thoughts in a journal. Find support from others around you, continue leisure activities you cherish, and spend quality time with yourself, on yourself. What comforted you before you found out about the cancer? Consider using those options or new ones to conquer difficulties in this new addition to your life. Cancer may be here at the moment, but that doesn’t mean you can’t beat it.

Remain hopeful no matter how microscopic the outcome looks. Anything is possible with new research discoveries, treatments, and test results that can help control the disease. Accepting love and support from important individuals around you can provide hope for a promising future. Make everyday count by spending quality time with the people significant to you.

Don’t let the fear of cancer control your life. As long as you continue going to your scheduled appointments and maintain a healthy lifestyle, you have a higher chance of beating the big C.

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