Fight, don’t Fear – Your attitude to cancer!
Cancer nevertheless causes much pain to your body, don’t let it dominate your mind too. The thing with cancer is, the very mention of this word is enough to traumatize all your senses with pain, fear, sorrow and everything disheartening. However, our attitude towards this deadly disease should be contrary to the negative emotions it brings along, it should be positive. When you are positive, you attract positivity. And, with a positive thought process, even a life-threatening disease like cancer can be conquered.
Get aware, spread awareness
Another important aspect associated with cancer is awareness. Unless you understand a problem, how can you solve it? And, you might have heard a saying, which goes like this - a problem properly understood is half solved. The same goes for cancer, as well. So, educate yourself about what actually cancer is, how can you prevent it, what are its symptoms, types, causes, diagnosis, and treatment procedures.
Sad, but true that nearly 9.6 million people lose their lives to cancer, every year. Just like this is true, it is also true that the lives of almost 3.7 million people can be saved every year by early detection of the disease and implementing well-researched prevention strategies. Also, to add to your knowledge, as many as 1/3rd of cancer are preventable, if detected at an early stage. Therefore, instead of fearing it, you should challenge it and fight it like a warrior.
Don’t fear, challenge cancer
Unfortunately, if you or a loved one is suffering from this terminal health condition, please don’t fear. Cancer is just another disease before your strong willpower and positive mindset. Always remember, the more you fear it, the more it will trouble you.
You might wonder that while going through such tremendous pain, is it possible to stay positive all the time? Honestly speaking, it is unrealistic. But, having a positive mindset is way better than self-pitying in despair, especially when you can do nothing about it, isn’t it? So, how can you stay positive or help a loved one with the same?
You can do it simply by making some lifestyle changes besides the treatments you are undergoing. It includes – eating a healthy diet, and exercising. Add loads of antioxidant rich food to your diet. Antioxidants are found to be effective when it comes to stabilizing the free radicals in your body. At a high concentration, free radicals can cause notable damage the cells, protein and even DNA.
Also, deep-breathing and aerobic exercises are also considered to be effective in boosting the immune system and reducing stress. Another important thing is – working out produces endorphins, the happy hormones. These happy hormones have the power to counterbalance the unhappy or stressful hormones.
The power of love is undeniable
There is no powerful and effective drug on the earth as ‘love’. And, you cannot deny it. Having a robust support nexus of loving people around when you are fighting hard can help you keep going like nothing else. So, what can you do for a loved one battling cancer?
- First of all, listen to him or her without trying to judge or trying to make him or her happy, unnecessarily. You might not know, but sitting and listening to a loved one about his or her feelings is perhaps the best things you are doing to him or her, in regard to his or her health.
- Secondly, educate yourself about the disease he or she is suffering from. Unfortunately, cancer is not one disease. There are different types of cancer, both curable and incurable. Therefore, it is very important for you to understand the type of disease he or she is suffering from. Apart from organizations that help you learn about cancer, there are a number of websites that allow you to access a world of detailed information about the disease, its causes, treatments and concerning side effects and other aspects.
- Thirdly, until and unless you are the caregiver who needs to take care of a lot of things, please be specific regarding the kind of help you can provide to the patient and his or her family. The reason – when you ask someone, “call, if you need something”, you are possibly making him or her uncomfortable. Therefore, when you offer help, be specific, for example – taking him or her to the doctor or shopping etc.
- Fourthly, try to keep things as usual (pre-cancer stage), as much as possible. Although it is quite natural that when your loved one is diagnosed with cancer, you will try your best to keep him or her happy, do remember to keep things normal too. Your over caring behavior might not land up well and become a reason for his or her anxiety.
- Fifthly, try to be in his or her shoes and respect his or her need to be alone, if he or she wants that. Try to envision - how it actually feels like to be a cancer patient? Although we cannot literally feel the pain of a cancer patient, putting ourselves into their shoes can at least allow us understand their pain and the fears they face every day, up to some extent. The more you understand, the better help you can offer. Also, once in a while, it is absolutely okay to be alone. So, if your loved one asks you to leave him or her alone, respect it.
- Sixthly, read books to them, whichever they like. Go to movies, spend a gala time with them. It will keep they motivated and keep their love for life alive.
- Last, but not the least, don’t try to hide anything from him or her or any other near and dear one. Hidings things for good might make it even worse. What if they come to know the truth from someone else? You never know, but the result can be devastating. So, no matter how good or bad or worse the prognosis is, always tell the truth.
These are some of the most important things to consider, when it comes to helping a loved one fighting cancer. Always remember, don’t fear cancer, bound it to fear your determination and willpower.