“There is no hope unmingled with fear, no fear unmingled with hope.” – Baruch Spinoza
Dealing with emotions and honoring your feelings may not be easy at first when you come to know that someone you know has Cancer. ‘Cancer’ – a disease caused by the growth of abnormal cells in any part of the body. This dangerous disease has a tendency to spread to different parts of the body, which makes it more threatening. Many types of cancers exist, but some are more common in Pakistan i.e Lungs and breast cancer.
In the last 25 years, Pakistan has witnessed a significant increase in the number of cases of various kinds of cancers. The number of deaths from cancer, particularly lung cancer in males and breast cancer in females is also on the rise in the country.
“Cancer is a word, not a sentence.” – John Diamon
A diagnosis like this is often a shocking surprise. Cancer patients need time to think about what’s most important in their lives and get support from loved ones. Nothing about cancer is easy but these tips can work through.
How Can One Cope With Cancer?
People cope with cancer just like they cope with many other problems in life – each person does it in his/her own way.
Try to learn more about your cancer and its treatment:
It is true that learning about their cancer and its treatment gives them a sense of control over what’s happening. Do consult with your cancer care team and ask them as many questions as you can.
Express your feelings:
Try to express your feelings. Many people think that expressing sadness, fear, or anger is a sign of weakness. In fact, the opposite is often true. Don’t hide your feelings as hiding your feelings can also make it harder to find good ways to deal with cancer. You might try to talk with trusted friends or relatives.
Take care of yourself:
Always remember that no one can take care of you better than yourself. Take out time to do things for yourself. Cook your favorite meal or hangout with friends. You can do something else also that you really enjoy.
Cancer patients can also start a mild exercise if they feel up to it, and their doctor agrees with it. Mild exercisea such as walking, yoga, swimming or stretching can really work.
Reach out to others:
Many times, finding strength is hard and things feel overwhelming. It’s very hard for any one person to handle having cancer all alone. Try to widen your circle by reaching out to friends or family who will be there to share your fear and hope.
Find ways to be hopeful:
Finding ways to be hopeful can improve the quality of your life. Despite what you may hear, people’s attitude doesn’t cause or cure cancer. If you feel sad or stressed, expressing those feelings can help you feel more in control rather than overwhelmed by your emotions.
I must say that awareness is very important to stop and prevent the disease. To control the spread of cancer, there is a dire need for a clear national strategy to be formulated on an urgent basis in Pakistan. Media should also play its part to create awareness about cancer among the public. Pakistan still has a long way to go in its fight against cancer.
“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.” – Ambrose Redmoon
Story first published: 28th October 2017