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A Few Tips on Coping With Cancer

Guest blog post:

Coping With Cancer – How to Deal With It

Whether coping with lung cancer, breast cancer or skin cancer, all the uncertainties of your condition can be very frightening. If you are in remission, there is still a level of uncertainty. You may wonder day after day if your cancer will come back. Knowing that the possibility exists for it to come back is terrifying. What you must focus on is how to cope with the uncertainty, so that you can live a healthy and normal life. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to cope with all this.

Family and Friends
Involve your family and friends in your life during this difficult time. It’s so important to draw support and love from the ones that mean most to you. These are the people who can help you get through your fight with cancer. Allow your family and friends to learn about the cancer you have. The more your loved ones know and understand your condition, the better you will all handle the challenges ahead.

Secondary Care
You may find that as you receive your cancer treatments, you need some additional help to cope with the side effects. Sometimes, the only option for treatment is invasive surgery. This can result in some parts of your body being compromised. Physical and occupational therapists help you cope with those changes and adjust to the limitations they may inflict on you. For example, someone with throat cancer may need their vocal cords removed due to tumors. An occupational therapist can teach the patient how to communicate in a new way during the recovery process.

Mental Health
Fighting and coping with cancer can take a big toll on your mental and emotional health. People often find solace through different types of support groups. Your doctor can give you a list of support groups that are helpful for the type of cancer you are fighting. Most of these groups welcome family participation to help the patient cope better.

Remain Active
While you are coping with your cancer, continue to work if you feel good enough. By incorporating a regular exercise routine into your schedule, you can build physical body strength and keep your energy levels high. Receiving cancer treatments can be very tiring. Eating a balanced diet and taking care of your physical fitness can give you the boost you need to feel better.

Plan Ahead
No one wants to think about making sure their affairs are in order, but it is something you should take care of now. Take the time to arrange your will, and make a list of all your wishes before your treatments begin. On a positive note, you can also plan for a healthy future once your treatments are over by executing positive lifestyle changes that promote healthy living and healing.

Coping with cancer can be a very emotional and trying time. With the help of secondary care, family and friends, you can cope with your condition in a positive and healthy manner.

Tyler Ackerton writes about health, self-help & aging at

Solo Survivor, a Member’s Story

Tracy has made it her personal mission to advocate on behalf of singles with cancer, and even has a book being published on this very topic. As a friend who read her manuscript, I am so excited about the book release and will update everyone as soon as it hits bookstores in 2013. In the meantime, be sure to subscribe to her blog listed below.

On behalf of all cancer survivors, thank you Tracy!

Marcia Donziger
Founder and Chief Mission Officer,

Solo Survivor, a Member Story
By Tracy Maxwell

I have been an ovarian cancer survivor for more than six years now.

Because I am a single woman, my energies have been focused on helping single survivors, providing connections for them, and writing about my own experience with the hope that it will resonate with others.

My own story began on New Year’s Day 2006 when I experienced severe abdominal pain that landed me in the ER in the middle of the night. Many tests, needle sticks and barium ingestions later, I was told I had a cyst that burst on my right ovary. “Nothing to worry about,” I was assured, but told to follow up with my gynecologist about it. That follow up led to the discovery that the cyst had returned and to many months of watching to see what it would do. Finally, surgery was deemed necessary to remove the bugger, and pathology revealed that it was cancer. More surgery and six rounds of chemo took away my summer and fall that year.

The end of treatment began a new era for me, one that included advocacy and connecting with the larger cancer community through a variety of sources.

On my one-year cancer-versary, I began a blog called A Single Cell.  Each month I would post about some aspect of being single and dealing with cancer. I was thrilled last fall when a publisher found my blog and offered to turn it into a book. I am completing final edits now and My Dance With Cancer: A Solo Survivor’s Guide to Life, Love, Health & Happiness will be released next spring.