5 New Years Resolutions For Cancer Fighters

by GregP_WN

Those of us fighting cancer have a different outlook on life, and therefore might have a different set of resolutions that the average person on the street. Here are 5 resolutions that some of the WhatNexters have declared.

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1) Don't Sweat The Small Stuff  

After a cancer diagnoses your priorities tend to change. What used to be a big deal is now minor stuff, and what was a minor detail that maybe used to get you going, now doesn't even get noticed. Some of the things that are now important are: being with family, talking with friends, spending time with the spouse/kids, kids graduations, taking time for you, sitting on the deck, watching a sunset/sunrise, taking a trip with family, calling distant family, traditions.

What classifies as "small stuff"? Standing in a line at the checkout, the car needs gas, someone said they heard someone said something, blah, blah, blah. Forgetting things, waiting at the Dr's Office, rain, don't have that one last ingredient to make supper, clothes don't fit, "bad hair days". 

2) Eat Better

Cancer fighters will often think that maybe it was something that they ate that caused them to get cancer. While there is no confirmed study to show any one particular food will cause a person to get cancer, a common sense diet is good for everyone. One of our Whatnexters has written a book, Kicking Cancer In The Kitchen. One of the many things those newly diagnosed with cancer try to do is find ways to eat a more healthy diet. This can sometimes help them reach their individual nutrition goals of losing weight, gaining weight, curbing nausea, getting enough protein and more. Cancer survivor and WhatNexter Kendall Scott, along with fellow cancer survivor Annette Ramke, just published a delicious new cookbook, "Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen." If you are looking for tasty ways to get your food to work for you, whether or not you have cancer, then you'll want to check it out

3) Get Back In Shape

Once treatment is over and your Doctor has approved physical activity, several have said they want to get back in shape. Or at least closer to where they were pre-diagnoses. Common sense has to accompany any exercise routine and you must be careful to not over do it when starting. The mind may tell you that you can, while the body may tell you that you can't. Be careful. The American Cancer Society and the Mayo Clinic say that:

Regular exercise increases your sense of well-being after cancer treatment and can speed your recovery. Cancer survivors who exercise may experience:

Increased strength and endurance
Fewer signs and symptoms of depression
Less anxiety
Reduced fatigue
Improved mood
Higher self-esteem

Adding physical activity to your daily routine doesn't take a lot of extra work. Focus on small steps to make your life more active. Take the stairs more often or park farther from your destination and walk the rest of the way. Check with your doctor before you begin any exercise program.

4) Finish What You Started

Procrastination is part of human nature. We have all done it, but after beating back cancer sometimes it becomes important to finish what we start. Here are some things WhatNexters have said they intend on finishing: 

  1. Take the trip we never took.
  2. Finish crocheting the afghan and sweater.
  3. One woodworker said he would finally build that set of furniture.
  4. Learn a foreign language
  5. One fiery Lady WhatNexter said she now had the courage to go after a job in another line of work. 

5) Quit Smoking

One of the top New Years Resolutions is always to quit smoking. And a great one it is, not only will you be healthier, but richer as well as the assorted benefits that come with quitting smoking. More time, you smell better, the extra cash you won't be spending, people will want to be around you more, clothing without burn holes in them, and again, you will be healthier. 

While it's one of the top Resolutions it's also one of the most broken Resolutions. Here are some resources to help you kick the habit this year.

  1. The American Cancer Society has several pages to help. Here's one on handling the cravings.
  2. Smoke Free .Gov is another site with help
  3. The American Lung Association has a quit smoking help page.
  4. The Mayo Clinic also has a help page to stop smoking.
  5. Quitnet.com has a community social site with lots of people on it to offer support so you don't have to go it alone.

Whatever your Resolutions are this year, get started early, get help, set a goal, keep your eye on the goal and be successful.  All of us at WhatNext.com wish you all the best in 2013. 

Drop us a line below and tell us what are your Resolutions as a Cancer Fighter. 

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