Do’s and Dont’s
“You have Cancer” is probably the most frightening news that you have heard till date. But from the moment you get this news you are already a survivor. It is normal to be frightened but don’t let it scare you entirely for the rest of your life.
Here are some ways to handle the news of a recently diagnosed cancer in the best way possible:
- First of all, don’t panic. Try to know as much as you can about your Cancer and the options available because information is always essential at any point of time. Don’t get confused with multiple doctors instead stick to one doctor whom you feel is good. Also, do not rush into the treatment after meeting the first doctor.
- Take it one day at a time and one step at a time. Try to join a community at the beginning because just like you there are a lot of people fighting the cause. The information such as personal experiences, problems, side effects etc is very valuable.
- Be practical and positive. They say nothing is impossible and actually it is proven right with one’s right approach and attitude.
- Do not let other people tell you what is going happen to you because you know better about your body than anyone else.
- Manage your finances and affordability for the treatment.
- Most important thing of all do not give up your fight. Miracles do happen every day in this world. The whole universe is a miracle; the life that we have is a miracle; the air that we breathe is a miracle.
- Always trust in yourself. Do not live for your future live for your present as that is what really matters.
- Don’t panic. Keep your calm especially in front of the patient so that your fears and anxieties do not feed into and amplify theirs.
- Keep the news private. At least in the beginning, since extended family and friends who don’t know better, create unnecessary hysteria. Respect the patient’s need for privacy and ability to take decisions if s/he is an adult.
- Read about the cancer. But do not over burden yourself with information or imaginations of an apocalypse.
- Look out for hospitals and doctors that specialize in that cancer type. Go for a place and doctor you feel comfortable with. For that, taking a few days and taking 2-3 opinions might help.
- No matter how difficult, try talking about things other than the cancer. Laugh. Cry. Be together and mutually supportive.
Healthy habits for a healthy lifestyle
- Eat a healthy balanced diet.
- Incorporate green leafy vegetables. Spinach can do miracles if
taken on a daily basis.
- Have fresh fruit juices specially those containing vitamin C ’cause they give you immunity.
- Carry your personal sanitizer with you.
- Stay hydrated by drinking lot of water.
- Eat nutrient dense foods especially orange vegetables like carrot, squash, sweet potatoes.
- Increase the amount of fiber in your diet.
- Have your food at correct intervals. Finish off your dinner before the clock strikes 8.
- Keep your surroundings clean as much as possible.
- Have sufficient sleep. 7 hours of sleep is compulsory.
- Avoid aerated drinks, packed food and juices because they contain preservatives which aren’t good for you health.
- Don’t use soaps that are used by all instead get your own handwash.
- Avoid drinking chilled or ice cold water.
- Skip oily food.
- A burst of sugar on an empty stomach will trigger a high flow of insulin so don’t eat sugar-ladden food early in the morning.
- Though avoiding pollution is nearly impossible, we can still do our bit by wearing a clean mask before stepping out of the house.
- Don’t rely on pills to provide you nutrition.
- Eat less of fat.
- Depression cannot cure illness so try to stay happy instead.
- Before mastering your diet, consult a nutritionist.