Learn as much as you can about your cancer and its treatment.
Learning more about your cancer and its treatment gives you a sense of control over what’s happening. Ask questions to your physician about your diagnosis and treatment plan, including what side effects to expect.
Express your feelings.
Some people find that giving some kind of outlet to their feelings helps. Many people feel that expressing sadness, fear, or anger is a sign of weakness. That is not true; in fact, the opposite is often a better method of coping with cancer. It’s much harder to express powerful emotions than it is to try to hide them. Hiding your feelings can also make it harder to find good ways to deal with them. There are many ways to express your feelings, i.e. music, painting, keeping a private journal or drying. The best ways are to try to talk with trusted friends or relatives.
Take care of yourself.
Take care of yourself physically, emotionally and spiritually. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can boost your energy and improve your quality of life.
Reach out to others.
There may be times when finding strength is hard and things feel overwhelming. It’s very hard for any one person to handle cancer all alone. Try to widen your circle by reaching out to friends, family or supporting organizations. There is several amazing community support and educational resources including The Association of Online Cancer Resources and the Cancer Support Community. These people can help you feel less alone. They’ll there to share your fears, hopes, and triumphs every step of the way.