A popular quote goes like this, "Cancer is life altering, not life defining". Cancer, as we all know, is a deadly disease that can completely change the affected person's course of life, instantly.
It is a fact that even minor disorders like flu or a headache can put us through a lot of discomfort and pain, so you can only imagine what a major ailment, which can possibly be fatal, can do to the affected person.
Cancer can not only affect a person physiologically with its numerous symptoms, but it can also cause a huge blow to the affected person's emotional state and make him/her highly prone to depression and anxiety.
It is definitely not easy living with a condition like cancer. The constant pain, dealing with its symptoms, chemotherapy, hopelessness, the fear of a relapse, etc, can affect the patient's life to a great extent.
Along with the person affected with cancer, his/her family and friends too suffer from an emotional pain.
However, it is important to not lose hope and fight against the disease by staying strong and positive. This will help the affected person to lead a quality life, even with cancer.
Here are a few lifestyle tips that can be followed to make your life better, if you are dealing with cancer, have a look.
Acceptance is key, when it comes to cancer. It is crucial that the patient and his/her family accepts the reality of the disease and take measures to see what can be done to make the person's life better.
The affected person must try to develop certain hobbies to take his/her mind off the disease and must try to enjoy the little pleasures in life such as going out with loved ones, warm baths, reading books, etc.
Make an effort to laugh more every day. Whether by watching a comedy show or joking around with your friends, laughing helps relieve stress and makes you feel lighter.
If you have been following certain unhealthy habits such as smoking, excessive drinking, etc, make an effort to quit those habits. They will only make the symptoms of cancer worse.
Try to be a part of cancer support groups, either online or at the hospitals. Listening to stories and coping up mechanisms of other people, going through the same plight, may help you feel stronger and less depressed.
If you feel that chemotherapy and medicines are making you feel worse, you can consider natural alternatives like Ayurveda, homeopathy, aromatherapy, etc, if you feel they may help you.
Know that it is alright to cry and feel low, you do not have to stay strong all the time, letting out your feelings once in a while can actually make you feel much better and help you in dealing with it.
Try practicing yoga, meditation and spirituality techniques, as they can reduce stress to a great extent and can also give you strength and hope from within to deal with this deadly disease.