Cancer. One of the most disliked words in the English language. This word generally brings nothing but pain and sorrow, either for ourselves or loved ones. If you find that you have been recently diagnosed with cancer of any sort, at any stage, you’ll most likely find yourself experiencing denial, frustration or sadness. All of these three emotions are not only normal but completely warranted. The next step, outside of your medical decisions on how to treat and fight your cancer diagnosis is to figure out the best way for you to mentally and emotionally handle the diagnosis.
First things first
One of the very first things you’ll want to do outside of starting your cancer treatment is to make sure that your cancer is not at the stage that it is at due to a misdiagnose or all together failure to diagnosis. This can happen due to a variety of reasons including improper screening, errors, failure on your doctor’s part to follow up, the dismissal of the possibility of cancer and sample mix ups. If you feel that this may be the case, you’ll want to immediately hire a lawyer to represent you such as those at Cohen, Placitella & Roth. Though the thought of opening up a claim and case is a little overwhelming, you could be entitled to a large settlement.
Learn about your cancer
Depending on what stage your cancer is and what type of cancer it is in the first place, you’ll find that there are lots of things to learn about your cancer. As long as you feel well and up to it, it’s a great idea to learn as much about your diagnosis as possible. Generally speaking, when a person understands their cancer and not only what they are up against, but what they can do to better fight it and win, they fell more in charge and powerful in their situation. This knowledge can do wonders for your mental state.
Take care of yourself
For some cancer patients, you’ll find yourself in the mix of chemo therapy or drugs of another sort. Because of the wear and tear on your body, you may not feel like you have an option to take care of yourself. Physically you may feel completely drained, which is expected and understood. Mentally however, you have the chance to combat your feelings. Taking care of yourself, in the end, not only means your body, but your mind as well.
Reach out to friends and family
One of the best things you can do for yourself, though it may be hard at first, is to reach out to love ones and community members that you are friends with. Having a support system is one of the most helpful things to have during such a situation. They’ll be there to mentally hold you up when you’re feeling down as well as be able to help you move around physically if you need it.
Cancer has never been a friend to anyone and in all honestly, it’s more of an enemy than anything else. An enemy we plan to fight until the end, both physically and mentally.