How To Make the Most of Living With Cancer

2013-07-27 17:38

After individuals get a diagnosis of cancer, they must then begin the task of living with the disease. Learning how to make the most of living with cancer can be a daunting challenge, and fortunately there are people, programs, and other steps you can take that can help.

Living with cancer has changed

At one time, a diagnosis of cancer was largely a death sentence, but thanks to advances in conventional and complementary medicines, that has changed. More and more people are living with cancer for decades as a chronic condition or as cancer survivors, and with this new health status comes a new way of living.

In mid-August 2013, Omega Institute for Holistic Health Studies, a nonprofit that provides information on wellness, is offering a conference entitled “Living Well With Cancer.” The announcement for the conference promises it will “help those who have been diagnosed navigate the myriad choices they face on the cancer journey.”

According to Carla Goldstein, chief external affairs officer at Omega, “While illness is difficult to face, there are ways to optimize resiliency at every stage of life.” Understandably, the vast majority of people who have cancer will not be attending this conference, but that does not mean everyone who is facing cancer—and their family and other loved ones--should not understand that there are options they can consider to help them live their life with cancer.

For example, the conference plans to include, in part, information on yoga, holistic healing, and journaling for cancer patients. Why these topics?

Because they have been shown to provide support and comfort and enhance the quality of life (QOL) of cancer patients and their families. Could these and other ideas help enhance your life with cancer? The only way to know the answer to that question is to try them.

Tips on how to live well with cancer
Buddy up: Bring along a trusted friend or family member when you visit the doctor or treatment, go to cancer-related events, or when you need an ear. Although it’s good to have time alone for yourself, it’s essential to reach out and accept encouragement and support from others who may offer new perspectives and ideas and ask questions that may not have occurred to you.


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