• We have received several emails lately from people wanting to know what do you do to keep your mind off of cancer all the time?

    Asked by CancerNews on Thursday, January 10, 2019

    We have received several emails lately from people wanting to know what do you do to keep your mind off of cancer all the time?

    Does cancer stay on your mind all the time?
    Are you a worrier?
    Do you have hobbies that you do to keep your mind and body active?
    What tips can you share with someone newly diagnosed to keep their mind clean of those dark thoughts?

    Thanks for your input and support to others who are just getting started.

    7 Answers from the Community

    7 answers
    • Gumpus61's Avatar
      Gumpus61

      Live, Live, Live.......a good book, a walk, volunteer, just go to your community center and sit around. Most of all....Just decide not to be afraid of anything, I mean, what's the worst thing that could happen once you have Cancer ? Dying from it of course.....so just decide to LIVE WITH IT !

      Once you find a new familiar set of people, It doesn't take ling at all for them to not see your Cancer anymore.....which is what you want. When they stop seeing it.....so do you.

      2 months ago
    • SandiA's Avatar
      SandiA

      Keep busy! I also allow myself to make future plans. Buying the baseball tickets and renting the beach house gives me something to look forward to. Make plans with good positive people that can make you laugh. I have a group of friends that come over and take over my kitchen. I just have to open the door and make sangria. Most nights we just make our own pizzas sit laugh and eat. When I couldn’t do much at all I took up adult coloring. To some people it sounds silly but It really helped. I enjoyed it and one year I colored special sayings and framed them for Christmas presents. They actually came out pretty nice.

      2 months ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      I barely ever think about MY cancer. Cancer as a topic is on my mind a lot, but not my cancer specifically.

      I am anything but a worrier. I think worry is a waste of time. Every minute spent worrying about cancer is a minute thrown away. Worry changes nothing (except potentially making stress worse and then causing cancer to proliferate).

      I stay very busy. I love to take pictures, hike, watch movies on Netflix, play with my dogs, learn new things, paint rocks, attend church activities, write, go to the gym, talk to friends, go to activities at Cancer Support Communities, play on online sites like WhatNext, read...

      When I learned I had lung cancer I had one question for my oncologist. "Can I keep playing agility with my dogs?" Translation: "Can I keep living my life?" It wouldn't have mattered what his response was. I won't let cancer steal my life before it takes my last breath.

      2 months ago

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