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From the website of the Canadian Cancer Society:
“Each person copes with cancer differently. Time and practice can help you adjust to your new normal.
These tips may help you cope:
- Learn about the type of cancer you have and how it is treated. Getting involved can help give you a sense of control over what’s happening.
- Express your feelings. Talk to a trusted friend or family member, keep a journal or blog or express yourself through music, painting or drawing.
- Take care of yourself. Take time to do something you enjoy every day. This might be as simple as spending time with a special friend, preparing your favorite meal or listening to your favorite music.
- Exercise if you feel up to it and your doctor agrees that it’s okay.
- Reach out to others. Friends, family or a support group can help you feel that you’re not alone on your cancer journey.
Try to keep a positive attitude. Staying hopeful can improve the quality of your life through your cancer journey. Being positive can be different for different people. It does not mean you have to be happy and cheerful all the time. It is positive to just be aware and accept your feelings, even if you are worried, depressed or angry.”
Living with Cancer - Québec Cancer Foundation
Coping with Changes - Canadian Cancer Society
Coping with Cancer - Mount Sinai Hospital (Toronto)
Coping with Cancer - BC Cancer Agency (BCCA)
Living with Cancer - Canadian Partnership Against Cancer
Coping and Living Well - American Cancer Society
Coping with Cancer - National Cancer Institute
Cancer--Living with Cancer - MedlinePlus (US National Library of Medicine)
Coping with Cancer - OncoLink (University of Pennsylvania)
Coping with Cancer - Cancer Research UK
Talking About Cancer - UK Macmillan Cancer Support
Coping with Treatment - UK Macmillan Cancer Support