Being diagnosed with cancer is one of the terrifying things that can happen to a person. The disease does not only send shivers down your spine but also exhausts your psychological wellbeing, and that of your family.
So, what are some of the ways to deal with the after-effects? Read below to find out.
Now that you are out of hospital junk food is a no no. Instead, adopt a healthy eating habit. Good nutrition is key in the recovery process.
Remember, some junk foods may contribute to some cancers, so consuming too much will be exposing your frail body.
In case you are having a challenge choosing the right diet, talking to your nutritionist will set you on the right path.
Get emotional support
Emotional support, in this case, is especially for you and your immediate family. But then after successful treatment, it is advisable to connect with other survivors to avoid the feeling of loneliness.
Getting counselling sessions together with your family also enables you to face your fears and express yourself better. You don’t have to bear the after-effects alone; there are plenty of support sources around. Ensuring you find the right emotional support may accelerate your healing.
Be part of a support group
Support groups are important in any form of recovery. Being part of one makes you more comfortable, which makes it easier to open up about feelings and challenges you are facing.
The support groups can either be formal –focusing on cancer and the feelings – or informal and social. Some groups comprise caregivers, people with specific stages of the disease and different types of cancer.
Ensure you inquire about the group from the facilitator before joining as this will help you settle for the right support group. However, with help from specialist cancer doctors, the disease can be cured.
You may well notice frequent negative thoughts, especially when you have minor ailments like a stomach ache. Well, it might be that greasy pizza you had last night and not necessarily cancer recurrence.
A positive attitude will smooth your recovery journey and make you feel good about yourself. You are a survivor; don’t let negativity block your happiness! Life is short to get the most out of it.
Get regular check-ups
Cancer is known to have the potential to recur even after recovering. With this in mind, ensure you visit your physician regularly for check-ups.
This way, the doctor can assess your healing process and advise you accordingly.
Furthermore, some cancer treatments are known to cause health complications in the future. Successful recovery doesn’t mean you are out of the woods yet. It is advisable to inquire whether your treatment plan had long or short term implications if any, and how to cope with those implications.
Take care of your body
The whole process of diagnosis and treatment takes a toll on your body. It’s only fair that after recovery, you focus on replenishing your exhausted body.
Adopt a culture of exercising moderately like walking your dog, swimming, and cycling to ensure your body regains its former strength and reslience.
Do what makes you happy.
Everyone has that obsession that makes them feel whole and satisfied in life. Whether you are passionate about volunteering or you love the sensation of travelling and organising expeditions, DO IT!
Taking part in these activities instills a sense of wholeness and accomplishment in your “new” life. Regular doses of them and the recovery process is seamless.
There is life after cancer. Don’t be hard on yourself because you got cancer once. With proper medical care and support, you’ll be on your way to recovery. The tips above will guide you and help ensure your after-effects don’t affect you negatively.