If you or someone you know is suffering from breast cancer there are some steps you can take to cope with this horrible disease. You are not alone so read a compilation of things you can do.
Statistics show that over 200,000 American women are diagnosed with breast cancer every year, but the good news is: Due to earlier detection and improved treatments, breast cancer deaths are declining.
Breast cancer brings on many physical and emotional changes in women and is a fearful and burdensome experience. If you are one of the many women facing this dreaded disease or know someone who is facing breast cancer, here are ten ways that will hopefully make coping with it easier.
1. Turn to the Lord
Pray to the Lord for strength and courage. Keep your faith in him always. Find a special scripture and read it whenever you are feeling down.
You will be amazed at the strength and comfort this will give you during this time. Remember, God always listens and he answers our prayers.
2. Talk to a Friend
Find a friend or family member that you can confide in and are not afraid to express your different emotions in front of them.
Just being able to share your feelings and know that someone is listening will be a big factor in getting rid of some of your anxiety.
3. Hug Someone
Hug your friends and family whenever you feel the need for support and comfort. Words do not have to be spoken, because the hug will tell it all.
You’ll be amazed at how good this makes you and the person you hug feel.
4. Facing Breast Cancer is Constantly On Your mind
When you find out you have breast cancer, your first thought when you wake up every morning will be about how you and your family are going to deal with this.
Remember, this is a normal reaction at first. Have patience and eventually this thought will change from dreading the future to excitement about how you will become a survivor.
5. Focus on Life One Day at a Time
Slow down and take time each day to do things that you want to do. If you feel up to it, spend the day with someone you really like.
Most of all keep a positive attitude every day and don’t worry about what is going to happen tomorrow.
6. Cry When You Need To
You may find yourself crying a lot during this time. This is perfectly normal because you are facing a crisis you never expected.
Don’t be ashamed to cry or let others see you cry. Crying is a good way of dealing with your stress and is a large factor in emotional healing.
7. Ask For Help
Don’t be afraid to ask friends for help with errands and taking care of your younger children. If your spouse or children volunteer to do your chores, accept their offer.
Remember, everyone sincerely wants to help you during this difficult period. This will also give your family and friends a chance to show you how much they appreciate what you have done for them.
8. Support is Available.
Besides the support you receive from your family and friends, you can also go to the local women’s breast cancer support group. You will reap many benefits from the relationships you establish with other breast cancer survivors at the support groups.
There are also support groups available for your family members if they feel they need to talk about their feelings.
9. Do Something for Yourself
If you feel up to it, spend the day shopping or going to a movie. Curl up on the couch with a good book or watch a funny video. “Take a Nap” if you want to.
10. Don’t Feel Alone
Always remember, you are not alone and you are a Cancer Survivor!!!!
Hopefully, these steps offered you some comfort and took some of the anxiety of breast cancer away. Remember, look forward to your future and appreciate TODAY!!!