Great Cancer Forum Offers Advice for Reducing Stress
One of the things that people going through cancer tell me is that their stress levels are sky high. And no wonder – between the diagnosis no one wants to get, the treatments that you need to find time for, and the side effects of said treatments, stress levels go right through the roof.
The American Cancer Society has a great forum you can join – it’s called What Next – and they really do a great job of helping cancer patients deal with all of the things that happen to them.
I’m a member of What Next and I’m really impressed by the quality of answers people receive when they ask questions, it’s a really helpful resource for the newly diagnosed. It’s also a great place to offer help if you’re community minded. Got a question? Just post it and see what follows – it might not be immediate, but you will get answers.
They recently posted an article titled Reducing Stress From Your Life written by Rob Harris, founder of RobCares.com, a website written for caregivers. I loved what he had to say about stress, and the five tips he gives to reduce your stress levels. Please read the article, especially if you’re going through a stressful time. It’s excellent advice.
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One of the first things I recommend to a newly diagnosed breast cancer patient is to join a breast cancer forum online or a local support group.
There is just nothing better than being able to connect with others who have a similar diagnosis or have already traveled through the gauntlet of breast cancer treatments. There is a wealth of information out there just waiting to help you out!
For myself, I found a support group invaluable. We met twice a month and someone was always there with a welcoming smile, a sympathetic ear and hugs. Oh, and cups of tea and cookies (always nice!). If I had anything at all bothering me, there were several who’d been down that road and had suggestions on how to get through it. Wonderful!
One Word of Caution
As with any group of people, you might run across one or two who take great delight in telling you exactly how bad you’re going to feel when going through chemotherapy (in great detail), or how their doctor misdiagnosed them, twice, but my suggestion is to just steer clear of the Negative Nancies (because they’re out there!) and do your best to take away only the positive messages, the ones that help you the most.
When You Get Through This
The best part is that some day, when you’ve gotten through your own personal journey with cancer, you’ll be able to help someone else who is newly diagnosed. There will be somebody who’s just as scared, nervous, stressed out or badly in need of hope as you were and you’ll be able to tell them what helped you through it.
There’s no better feeling than to help someone else. Books have been written on the subject of volunteering and how good it is not only for the person being helped but for the helper as well.
I have a cartoon that sits over my computer, it’s the Family Circus written by Bil Keane. A father is looking down at his daughter and she says to him “Know what’s a good exercise, Daddy? Reaching down and liftin’ somebody up.” I couldn’t agree more.
I send my love to everyone taking this journey right now. If you would like my help with getting through breast cancer in an inspiring and ultra-healthy way, please sign up for my free e-newsletters on the right, or “like” me on Facebook (MarnieClark.com) and I’ll do my utmost to keep you informed and empowered on your healing journey… and beyond
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Hi I'm Marnie Clark, breast cancer survivor, and breast cancer coach. I have 20+ years of experience in natural medicine. In 2004/05 I battled breast cancer myself. You can see more about my journey on my page Breast Cancer Diary.
I've been healthy and recurrence-free since 2004 and in 2012 I became a Breast Cancer Coach because I became aware of the fact that whilst there is now a wealth of information on the Internet, much of it is confusing, conflicting, and sometimes just wrong!
Why should you work with me? Because:
(1) You don't want to go through this journey alone, feeling unempowered, frightened or just plain
clueless about what to do to help yourself.
(2) You will have someone working tirelessly on your behalf, putting together a healing plan for
you so you don’t have to lose your precious energy researching what food you should eat,
what supplements you should take, and what other things you can do that will give you the
best chances for survival. Instead you can spend that time resting, meditating, healing.
(3) You will learn what questions to ask your doctor (and have someone to turn to for the
questions they can't or won't answer).
(4) You will be armed with the tools and strategies you will need to get through the therapies you
choose so you can make your body hostile terrain for cancer.
You can also “like” me on Facebook (Marnie Clark, Breast Health Coach) to get my inspirational snippets, news and updates. I promise to do my utmost to keep you informed and empowered on your healing journey… and beyond.