That diagnosis might sound like it’s the end of the world. Some doctors may even make it sound a tad morbid. But the fact is that like millions of women before you, you can beat breast cancer with timely and precise medical treatment.
If you are at that walk of life where a diagnosis has just been made and you don’t know what to expect from the next few days, then here are a few tips to help you get going.
#1 – You will regain a happy and healthy life again
The first thing to tell to yourself is that life will bounce back. Cancer will not rob you off your health forever. There will be a bleak phase where you feel that nothing is going right. With the help of your close ones and your oncologist, you will be able to get back on your feet and live happily again.
#2 – You can be misdiagnosed
Sometimes, a lump that may be touted as benign scar tissue or something can turn out to be carcinoma. And vice-a-versa. It pays to get a second opinion. At best, you confirm what you already knew. At worst, the correct diagnosis can help you get on track with treatment rather than wasting costly time.
#3 – Clear your doubts with your doctor. Not with Google.
You will have doubts. Possibly, lots of them. Speak to your doctor and clear them. Why is a particular test being done? Why is this medication being prescribed? What are the side effects of this medication? You have a right to know and Google isn’t the best place to seek answers to questions related to your health.
#4 – It is going to work. Trust the process.
Many cancer survivors talk about how belief in the treatment helped them the most. It is important to have faith that it is going to work. Even the smallest iota of doubt will create a domino effect that will pull you down mentally as well as physically.
#5 – Take the advice with a pinch of salt
You will be bombarded with advice. And most of it will be from people who have never had cancer. Learn to take it with a pinch of salt. At the end of the day, listen closely to your doctors and speak to other survivors. There’s nothing like the motivation that you get after speaking to someone who has battled cancer and lived to tell the tale.
#6 – Eat Healthy food
You will be at your lowest in terms of confidence and health. So ensure that you don’t tax your body further by eating junk. Eat lots of fresh vegetables and fruits. Drink juices. Eat lean meat, poultry, dairy and everything that is not restricted. Keep alcohol to a minimum and try not to smoke often.
#7 – Never miss your medications and follow ups
Lastly and most importantly, accept the fact that medications and yearly follow up routines will become a part of life. Possibly for a long time. Ensure that you never miss out on them. Stay positive!