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Taking Care of Yourself

This is a time to take care of you first

  • Try to exercise. It can make you stronger and feel less tired. It can also help you relax and keep your mind clear.
  • Stay involved in regular activities and continue to do things you are comfortable with and enjoy.
  • Keep your body and mind strong in order to to help you cope with the stress that cancer and cancer treatments brings.
  • Focus on what you can do rather than what you cannot do.
  • Ask others for help. This may be difficult at first, but it can strengthen a relationship. This can also give you more time and energy to enjoy other areas of your life.
  • Read about how others have coped. This can help you realize that you are not alone and can help you cope.
  • Turn to family, friends and your cancer care team when you are feeling down or need to talk.
  • Get in touch with the spiritual side of life, if appropriate for you.
  • Meditation, massage or other relaxation techniques may help you cope with stress.
  • Join a support group, if available, to help you cope.
  • Talking about your cancer

    Cancer affects the human spirit as much as it affects the body. It challenges your values, beliefs and goals. Remember that you are not alone. Telling people you have cancer and explaining your treatment can be difficult. Your cancer care team can help you with your feelings and emotions. This type of support is an important part of treating your cancer.

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