The thought of facing the challenges of a cancer diagnosis brings on feelings of fear, anger and sadness. There’s no denying that having cancer can be difficult, but it’s important to remember that having a cancer diagnosis doesn’t mean you have to lose your sense of gratitude. Why? Because being grateful can help you keep a good attitude during treatment and after you get better. Being thankful during cancer treatment has a lot of benefits, including better physical health and a higher chance of making a full recovery. Research has shown that being grateful towards life — rather than focusing on what you lack or what is wrong with you — can bolster your immune system and reduce anxiety levels. If you want to increase the likelihood of a positive outcome from your cancer treatment, we recommend you keep reading…
Some people care about you
Having a support system is so important during any major life event, such as a cancer diagnosis. While it’s easy to be isolated and feel helpless when you have a disease like cancer, reaching out to family and friends who care about you can help you get through treatment. Having someone to talk to — or just listen to — can help reduce the isolation you might feel while undergoing treatment. As you undergo treatment, it’s important to remember that not everyone will understand what you’re going through. You might feel like the only person suffering from this illness or experiencing its treatment. However, there are likely others with cancer or in treatment who are going through the same thing you are. Having someone to talk to — or just listen to — can help you build a support system that includes others who understand what you’re going through.
You have a support system
To survive cancer, it’s important to have a strong support system in place. Reaching out to loved ones and making a support system can help ease the stress of cancer and make treatment feel less lonely. Building a support system can also help reduce the stress of treatment and keep you looking on the bright side. Having a support system of family, friends, and colleagues is especially helpful during treatment. Having people you can talk to who understand what you’re going through can make all the difference during treatment.
You’re eating healthy and exercising regularly
For many people, maintaining a healthy diet and being active is challenging when they’re sick. But staying fit and healthy while you are getting treatment for cancer can help boost your immune system and lower your risk of getting sick. Maintaining a healthy diet while you’re sick can be difficult, and you might find that you have less appetite while you’re sick. In addition, you might be more prone to getting sick, especially if you’ve been sick recently. A fit and healthy body can therefore help to decrease your risk of infection.
You know how important it is to meditate or practice mindfulness
Being mindful and staying connected to yourself and your body can help to ease some of the stress that comes with cancer treatment. Mindful eating and meditation can help to decrease anxiety, improve your mental health, and increase your immunity, making you less likely to get sick. When you’re sad or angry, you might want to meditate or practice mindfulness, but it might be more important to do these things when you’re happy or calm. Consistent mindfulness can help you stay grounded and at the moment, even when you’re feeling overwhelmed.
You give to charity
In order to stay connected to your higher power while undergoing treatment, it’s important to give back. Maintaining a connection to your higher power can help to keep you balanced and grounded. Chances are, you’ve been thinking about ways to give back while going through treatment. If you focus on helping others, you might have a more positive outlook on your treatment and a more positive outcome overall.
You’re proud of your achievements
For many people, one of the most difficult parts about having cancer is feeling self-conscious about their appearance. That’s why it’s important to be proud of your achievements, even if you’re not feeling your best. The truth is, many people feel self-conscious about their appearance during cancer treatment. If you’re one of them, reminding yourself that you’ve achieved great things so far can help you to feel better about your appearance.
You know what foods can help you feel better and which can make you sicker
While knowing what foods can help you feel better during treatment is important, it’s also important to remember that your body differs from everyone else’s. If you’re eating a particular food that doesn’t agree with you, don’t ignore the fact that it doesn’t agree with your body. It’s important to stay informed about what foods can help you feel better during treatment and what foods can make you sicker. Maintaining a healthy diet and avoiding foods that make you sick can help to increase your chances of a successful recovery.
There’s no “one-size-fits-all” approach to making it out of cancer alive and healthy. That’s why it’s important to learn as much as possible about your disease and treatment. It’s also important to remember that there are many ways to deal with the challenges associated with facing a cancer diagnosis, and while staying positive and being thankful for life might work best for some people, it’s important to remember that no one approach works for everyone.
Dr. Ronald Bissell is a retired surgeon, author of 6 books on Personal and Spiritual Growth, writer of numerous articles and facilitator of workshops. He has been giving talks to help people with life-threatening diseases for the past 10 years. After three years of chemotherapy he recently had a bone marrow transplant to treat Multiple Myeloma. His work now involves helping others with life-threatening diseases as well as teaching people how to live their best lives without fear or anxiety.