Coping with Cancer

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Shari Pack
Joined: 10/16/2012

Unless you are or have gone through a cancer diagnosis, or have gone through the experience with a loved one, most people are generally unaware of what is involved with this diagnosis and the treatment.

 

I can’t believe how much I didn’t know about the causes of cancer, the process of treatment and the after-effects of the cancer before I had been diagnosed, and I had even gone through it with my mother.

 

The bottom line is that cancer is overwhelming. There are so many components involved. Of course the first thing people want to know is what caused this to happen to them and what stage is the cancer. Then you learn that not only do you have to be concerned about the stage, but the type of cell as well. For example, someone with stage 1 cancer could have a very aggressive cell. People used to say to me “congratulations, stage 1 isn’t so bad”. I had one of the deadliest and most aggressive cells and was losing one of my friends to a Stage 1 with a similar cell. Who knew?

 

I broke each component down into little pieces and only dealt with one issue at a time. I never focused on anything except what I was dealing with at that moment. For example, after the diagnosis and the explanation about the cause, I focused on the next step, the surgery. I did not think about anything else. The moment I woke from the surgery, I focused on how to get through the hospital stay as pleasantly as possible; never thinking about the treatment plan at this point. After discharge, I took one day at a time to recover. It was only the day before I started chemotherapy that I even thought about the process or researched how to control the side effects because I didn’t want to freak myself out.

 

During chemotherapy, I will say that I was armed and ready because this is where you can be proactive and manage symptoms, but with this being said, I literally focused on one hour at a time because the side effects constantly changed.

 

It wasn’t until the last treatment did I begin to look at the big picture and decided to research what would help me get past this experience; of course this is where my path lead me to the NutriBullet.

 

Just because the treatment ended, life doesn’t exactly go back to normal and cancer patients need to learn how to cope with their new normal.

 

Coping with this ordeal is a challenge and everyone needs to do what works best for them.  I just wanted to share what worked for me and helped me stay calm, focused and positive about my outcome.

 

 

 

 

Thank you for this info. I am nervous, but you are incouraging to take it one day at a time.