The concept of having cancer is one that many people struggle to deal with. While it’s easier to prepare for the physical challenges it provides, the mental challenges often go unseen. Whether you are in treatment, are currently in remission or are helping someone else through treatment, you might have feelings of:
Whatever the decision that you make, it’s important that you understand the challenges that likely lie ahead. What’s important, though, is doing what you feel works for you; not for others, but for yourself.
Often, the first challenge you face is an overwhelming feeling of enormity. It can leave you with many questions, from how you will survive to how you will cope with the problem that you face. It often leaves you feeling like you have no real sense of hope for survival, even if the prognosis is positive. Before long, it can take you to a state of utter overwhelming sadness.
It can also lead to a state of denial, even anger. It’s a serious illness, and accepting you have such an unwanted battle on your hands can lead to either denial or pure anger. You will not wish to accept the issue, and it can stop you from getting the treatment that you need through a lack of mental adjustment to the severity of the issue. While denial can be easily beaten with the right support structure around, your anger is harder to escape.
Anger makes you wonder why you are the unlucky one, and why not someone else. This is a normal thought process but it’s important that you speak to someone – friend, family member, counsellor – about this feeling, as it must be overcome before you can take on the challenge of diagnosis.
Another common challenge to dealing with diagnosis is accepting the fight ahead. You will feel scared about the future, the impact it has on those in your life and what it means for you personally. That’s totally normal, but it’s vital that you verbalise these fears with those in your life and professionals.
Usually, the best way to beat your diagnosis is with a committed, optimistic attitude and a willingness to accept the support on offer.
In a bid to help you make your treatment a more successful one, we try and recommend that you:
If you want to beat your cancer, then you need to be able to turn your negative thoughts and fears into a more positive frame of mind. To do this we suggest that you:
Using the above, you can hopefully find the strength to overcome your diagnosis. If you feel worried about dealing with cancer, do not hesitate to reach out for help. Professional counselling can go some way to help find relief and give you a chance to get negativity off your chest and fight your illness with a new-found vigour.