A cancer diagnosis is never easy. Patients, friends and family will react in individual ways and may turn to different sources of comfort and support. The community of a wellness center can offer structure and support in your journey.
If you or someone you love is diagnosed with cancer, consider a wellness approach in these three areas of your life.
1. Prepare Well
Everything may feel a little out of control when you or a loved one first receives a cancer diagnosis. If you’re facing this journey, consider how much detail you want to know from your doctors and how involved you want to be in treatment decisions. Let your medical team know your wishes and try to express your feelings as honestly as possible.
You will also need to decide who and how you tell the people in your life. You may wish to bring a friend or family member to your early appointments to help you retain all the information you receive.
Cancer can change your life in many ways. Prepare yourself as best you can for financial or lifestyle shifts.
2. Live Well
After diagnosis, try to maintain your routine as much as possible, staying involved with your usual work and recreation if you can. Living a healthy lifestyle and following a nutritious diet with adequate rest can help improve your energy levels and manage the stress of cancer and treatment.
3. Communicate Well
Your doctors will be your primary resource, but look also to your loved ones, other patients and survivors for support. You may be overwhelmed by your feelings and experiences, so learning to share as well as to find support in a community can benefit you.
Cancer wellness centers help patients and their loved ones cope and live with cancer. They are a gathering place and community that provides company, information, hope and empowerment. Centers offer support groups, education workshops, nutrition classes and exercise and stress reduction programs to promote living well with cancer. Counseling, survivorship, bereavement and family services are also offered.