Stress, anxiety and fear are a part of life, but more so for those with a cancer diagnosis and their loved ones. I try to face all three by asking the question “Is there anything in my power to do which will eliminate the issue?” If there is, then I make a plan. If there isn’t, then I must wait to see what develops from the issue. I try to remember that for every minute I spend being stressed, anxious or fearful about my diagnosis, cancer has stolen that time. Being the strong minded person that I am, I try not to let it happen too often.
I have found that being busy, both mentally and physically, helps a lot. They leave little time for the “what if’s” and the “should have’s”, “could have’s”.
I have found that reaching out to others who are new to this cancer journey helps too. Because if there is one thing that I can say which has a positive impact on one person, then my journey is not in vain.
I have found that whatever I can do to feel “in control” of my life also helps. It may be something as small as determining how to spend the day or as big as what plan I have for dealing with cancer. Part of being in control, is being as informed as possible about my choices.