Living with Hope: Strategies for Life after a Cancer Diagnosis

For many people, change is difficult. And if you have ever received the cancer diagnosis news, you already know that it may turn the whole world upside down. When life revolves around medication, appointments, and treatment every day, you can easily get discounted, overwhelmed, and frightened. It may also be a reminder that you need to enjoy life and every day is special. According to experts at UEW Healthcare, one way to achieve that is to live with hope.

Understanding Hope

For people who are diagnosed with cancer, their future is often uncertain, and most of the time, hope is what keeps them going so they can endure personal/social adversities and treatments. This hope is often supported by a positive attitude from medical staff, but it can be fragile, too. Therefore, it is important to keep your hope alive and focus on recovering through resilient attitudes instead of having feelings of despair.

Strategies to Live Life after Cancer Diagnosis

Your well-being and emotions are as vital as your overall physical health. Remember, there is no wrong or right way to cope. Consider being patient and giving yourself time to live life after diagnosis with the help of the following strategies:

1.      Acknowledge Your Own Feelings

Just the way cancer impacts a patient’s physical health, it might bring up many feelings that they are not used to. Being diagnosed with the illness may as well make those feelings seem intense. Those feelings might change every day, minute by minute, or hourly. This is especially true when a patient is currently under treatment. Some of the feelings you need to acknowledge include the following:

  • Anxiety and stress
  • Anger
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Depression and sadness
  • Denial

2.      Create Goals

When you are diagnosed with the illness, you might have these two questions – Can I be cured? If not, for how long will I live? For most doctors, they don’t know the right answer. So, the right thing to do is to create goals to lift up your spirits and ensure you are focused on living this moment. Every patient has different goals, whether it is to learn new songs, complete knitting projects, or see the graduation of a family member.

3.      Keep the Communication Lines Open

Have two-way and honest communication with a loved one or a healthcare provider. You might feel alone when people try to protect you against bad news by not speaking about it. This is why it is important to keep the communication line open by showing your real emotions.

4.      Maintain Good Health

After getting the bad sense, it will be important to prioritize your health. This should include your physical, mental, and emotional health. One way to achieve this is to get enough sleep. Getting quality sleep will help to fight off side effects, like depression as well as incapability to concentrate. Other ways to stay healthy include:

  • Exercising regularly
  • Eating healthy food
  • Staying connected

In conclusion, accepting cancer diagnosis news won’t be easy. You will be bombarded with different emotions, including anxiety, anger, and fear. But this is not the time to lose hope. Instead, stay strong and focus on maintaining good health.

Post Author: Frida Anders