Simply put, being diagnosed with cancer is not fair. However, adjusting your perspective can be helpful when processing the situation. Though everyone has his or her own unique story and experience, there are certain ways to approach your diagnosis and treatment that can assist you in continuing to live life as positively as possible. Focusing on your mindset can be a very powerful tool.
An oncologist recently shared with US News & World Report the five key tendencies he has observed in patients who handle a cancer diagnosis in a positive way:
- 1. Find the right healthcare team and a champion for you — and trust their recommendations.
- 2. If needed, get a second opinion.
- 3. Surround yourself with the people you love.
- 4. Focus on your life rather than the cancer or the treatment.
- 5. Try not to compare your story with that of others’; your treatment and prognosis are specific to you
Staying active, whatever that may mean to you, is an important and useful way to refocus and reframe your situation. While working through treatment and going back to work after a diagnosis may seem intimidating — given the often emotional, physical and financial tolls of a diagnosis — it can be done. Check out our articles on “Creating an Action Plan” and “Back to Work After Cancer” for tips and suggestions on how to handle the transition.
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