Getting diagnosed

Getting diagnosed with cancer can be very strenuous and difficult to accept. There are many support groups that offer assistance to newly diagnosed patients. Now arises the question of how to be able to continue the fight and not give up. Telling others is a very personal choice and may not be certain as to how much information you wish to share with others. Every individual is different and can be done in your time. Please keep in mind that you only owe it to yourself to do what feels right to you.

After your decision you will begin the treatment process. Treatments are different per individual so try not to compare your response to others as each person is unique.

Life after treatment

Now you have reached a point where your treatment is complete. It is time to deal with a lot of emotions. There is always the stress of wondering about the “what ifs” and also having to adjust to a new normal. At this stage try to stay true to yourself. Self-awareness is crucial at these times. The people around you may or may not act differently. Do not try let that detour you from your routine. Try to remain grounded and understand that each person processes everything differently. You will be surprised at the humanity in this world and how people will be very understanding and supportive.

You may feel both excited and overwhelmed when the treatment ends. For some the recovery is rather speedy but for others it can be quite an adjustment. This is normal and try not to put too much pressure on yourself or allow anyone else to do so. It may take time to heal completely physically and emotionally. Be patient.

All cancer survivors experience different emotions. Some go back to their previous life before diagnosis and others may still be afraid to face the world as they feel vulnerable. All these feelings are valid and should not be set aside. Again, do not compare your recovery or illness to any other person. Your body and emotions are specific to each person.

Nutrition and Clean eating

Food is the fuel that is needed for the body. A healthy balanced diet of fresh fruits, vegetables, organic, and superfoods will enrich the body with the necessary nutrients needed to provide energy. A healthy balanced diet contains:

  • Low dairy and fat free foods
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Whole grains
  • Lean Protein
  • Healthy fats and oils such as avocados, almonds, and olive oil
  • Drink 8+ glasses of water per day
  • Do not consume caffeinated drinks

You must also maintain a healthy lifestyle. A healthy lifestyle means having healthy nutrition. In order to do so one must:

  • Exercise
  • Manage stress
  • Drink enough fluids
  • Do not use any alcohol, drugs, or tobacco
  • Sleep 8 hours per night

Reach Out

This is a journey and how much the treatment course will take is unknown. Please make sure that you get the support necessary to get through the journey as well as support after treatment. You can get support in many different ways. You can find support in friends, family, pets, children, religious establishments, support groups, and if you are unaware you can always reach out to a member of CRL Foundation and they can assist you to find an organization (we are not affiliated to any organization).