No one is ever going to be prepared to hear the words “You have cancer.” And surely, you’re not going to imagine what it’s like to have cancer or know how life is going to change for you as a result. Take a moment and watch this video, “What It’s Really Like To Have Cancer.” These survivors share some compelling stories and insights.
Insight from Cancer Survivors About What It’s Really Like To Have Cancer
In the video, you’ll hear cancer survivors offer some great insight. Here’s a few of the main points:
- You’re going to be angry.
- You might lose your hair, but it’s not the end of the world.
- Caregivers often have to take on more responsibilities to help out during cancer treatments. It might be your mom, dad, husband, wife or someone else that’s able to be there for you.
- Understand that it’s not easy for the people around you to watch you go through this. They are going to be upset, angry, sad and other feelings because this is happening to someone that they love very much.
- Having a good support system is one of the best things you can do when going through cancer, whether it’s your friends and family or some other support group. Find an online support group or in-person support group to help you during this time.
- When people find out you have cancer, they’re going to share stories about others who have or had cancer.
- If you know someone who has cancer, go spend time with them.
- Your mindset is the biggest weapon you have if you have cancer.
- The tiniest things matter, even if it’s just the fact that you didn’t vomit this morning, you were able to go outside for a little bit, or having the ability to run an errand.
- Find the things you love and hold onto those for the days that you’re going through your chemo and radiation treatments.
- You might end up reading a lot of books.
- Try to laugh and find things that bring you joy. We’re all survivors.
- When everything is taken from you, you really start to appreciate the tiniest things.
- Live for the moment. Take advantage of what you are able to do. Focus on the positive.