We all know that being diagnosed with cancer is something that is not readily accepted by the person suffering from it. You had your life planned out, and then the worst news hit you – everything is a blur. You think about how your family and loved ones will be once you’re gone, and it breaks your heart. Well, it’s not easy, and some even go to a therapist for additional emotional support and assistance. Hence, there are ways to live your life amidst your cancer diagnosis.
If you focus on getting better and seeing the good side of this devastating illness, you can go on with your life. In this article, we will be discussing the positive sides of being diagnosed with cancer.
Let’s be honest here. Most of us go with the flow of life and don’t mind it. We are so complacent that we will live a long life, so it’s okay to waste the days with trivial matters. But with cancer in your system, it is time to appreciate every single minute of your day. Even the little things like waking up or seeing another sunset should be appreciated. Be thankful for another day and never take it for granted.
Being diagnosed with cancer will open your eyes to realizations, so make sure that your relationships are strengthened especially during these hard times. You, your family, friends, and loved ones are going to get through with cancer together and have a relationship stronger than ever. As Nikki Martinez, Psy.D. LCPC says, “We only have control of ourselves and our own desire for growth and change. Part of that growth and change is deciding the type of person we allow in our lives, and the positive impact they can have on us.”
Compassion For Others
Sometimes, we become snobs and think that we are the only ones who have the right to be sad, depressed, or problematic. We laugh at the people who show their weaknesses when they encounter even small problems. Now, this shouldn’t be a practice any longer. Each person is different, and everybody has a struggle in life to be kind. Our problems might not be the same, still go through the same emotions, whether a big or a small problem is handed to us. Be compassionate to others, especially during this time.
When you were diagnosed, you felt like your time will be taken away from you, and you will feel like you have lost your life already. Never entertain those thoughts. This is the time wherein you can control your life. You can make the right decisions now and live a life of love and purpose. Live your life according to your wishes. Empower yourself and have a beautiful life.
Strength And Humility
This discovery will strengthen you. Even if you have cancer, you will feel strong because you are battling for your life. You will be humbled because also if this is a hard time for you and your loved ones, you are loved, and that’s what matters.
Wisdom And Priorities
You’ll find what the most critical parts of your life are and you treasure them and make them a priority. You make sure not to neglect people who love you and not overlook the things that make you happy that you have no time for anymore. This will open your eyes and appreciate even the smallest details that make your day and make your cancer easier to live with.
Health And Self-Care
We have done things that are unhealthy and some, maybe even unsafe for our bodies that may have contributed to the illness. Now, it is time to care for yourself while you still can do it. Do everything you can to make yourself feel better so you can help your body heal slowly. Start to prioritizing yourself and attempt to live longer. Fight your cancer. “Prioritizing daily self-care and making efforts to take action. Accepting that daily self-care is hard work and challenging.” A reminder from Edna M. Esnil, PsyD.
This is true. Having cancer can open up new possibilities that will make your illness bearable. You can meet other people who can help you deal with cancer. Form bonds and new friendships for support in this journey.
Deepening Your Spirituality
In an article by Marjie L. Roddick, MA, NCC, LMHC she mentioned “Spiritual wellness is related to your values and beliefs that help you find meaning and purpose in your life. Spiritual wellness may come from activities such as volunteering, self-reflection, meditation, prayer, or spending time in nature.” You can connect with yourself and increase your faith and spirituality. Find peace and understanding through this hard time. Praying is a way of lessening your burdens and negative emotions so you can fight cancer.
Finding The Benefits Of Your Cancer Journey
The word “cancer” comes with a negative connotation, and it is scary. Cancer equals death, but with technology and modern studies, that is not true anymore. Every journey on battling cancer is different from person to person, and most often, they survive. You have to be positive and do everything so you can get better. Learn from your journey and become a survivor.
Now, you are equipped with tips from therapists about everything positive that will make your journey to cancer healing much bearable. With your family, friends, and loved ones by your side, you have no reason to give up on life. You need to be strong and make sure you are doing everything you can to get better.