Mother Teresa once said, “What can you do to promote world peace? Go and love your family.”
But peace is difficult to be found when someone in the family is diagnosed with a disease as life-changing as cancer. Being diagnosed with cancer brings a huge change in the lives and has a huge psychological impact on not only the patients but also the family members. Families are the primary care-givers of the patient at home. Regular hospital visits since the diagnosis, procedures of the ongoing treatment, side effects of the procedures, are stressful to the emotional health of both patients and family members. Cancer can affect the usual roles of work, institutions, division of responsibility in the household, among the members of a home. Emotional, financial and social imbalances occur in a family when a member is diagnosed with cancer. Every experience with cancer is unique from the other, but more than often a feeling of despair arises in people battling against cancer, which leads on to fear, anxiety and depression.
We, the team of Onco Life Cancer Centre are with you in this relentless fight against cancer, and here are a list of things you and we could practise in our lives to provide ourselves with the strength we need,
- First and foremost, we have to build up a positive approach to the entire experience. We have to bring up our problem-solving abilities. Better communication and an optimistic approach is the most effective way to deal with feelings of anxiety and hopelessness. Communicating with your caregiver on what would help you helps remove unnecessary stress.
- Always keep an eye on the signs of depression, and if required, never hesitate to seek professional help.
- Study on your closed one’s condition. Having an idea about what to expect will help you to be mentally prepared. Understanding the diagnosis and gaining knowledge on it will lessen the fear of the unknown and will also assist in communicating with the doctors with more clarity.
- Embrace yourself with the new physical changes in your body or your closed one’s. Loss of hair, weight or changes in skin conditions often cause stress and acceptance issues. Accept unconditionally and be positive about these new changes as they are a part of the healing process.
- Cancer will make us develop complicated questions, mostly regarding the fragility of life, survival, finances, adjustments, and other similar topics. In moments as such, we must avoid denial. Denial will only give rise to despair. We should remain flexible to alterations, accept every help and support that counts, and keep a realistic approach.
Caring for a cancer patient can be upsetting, but never neglect yourself. Take your own time out. Pay attention to your health and wellbeing. Being on a healthy diet and sleeping well will keep you healthy and energetic. And never forget, as the saying goes, ‘Prevention is better than cure’, we must take necessary preventions against cancer by reducing the usage of tobacco, plastic articles, and so on.