L Listen To Your Body— Always be intuned to your body. If I had a penny for every time I have heard a person say that their “inner voice” was tugging at their shirtsleeve or they just had a weird feeling about something, I would be one rich person. If it just doesn’t sit right with you, get it checked out.
E Educate Yourself—Knowledge is power. The more information you have on what your diagnosis is the better decisions you can make in terms of treatment plans, preparing your family and making work decisions, just to name a few. It may seem overwhelming at first, but it will make things much more manageable in the long run.
A Act Responsibly—Getting a cancer diagnosis may make you want to run for the hills. But it is important to put into perspective how this all intertwines within your life. Think about what you can do to reach the best possible outcome for you and your family and loved ones. As much as cancer physically hurts the patient herself, it really isn’t just about the patient but the network which surrounds her too. Make family- centered responsible decisions which encompass the best interests of everyone walking on this journey with you.
R Reach Out— Cancer can throw you some curveballs. You don’t need to do this alone. There are many support groups that can help you find other people who are going through similar situations as you. Family and friends are also a strong support in time of need. It will benefit you to tap into these resources as you muddle your way through this process. Don’t feel guilty asking for help. People embrace such opportunities to lend a helping hand as it gives them some comfort in being able to do something to show they care during this time of need.
N Never Give Up Hope— There are times when you just don’t know if you can make it one more day. Never give up hope that a better future is around the corner waiting for you. Research is always coming up with new drugs, different surgical procedures and innovative approaches on how to tackle this disease. Try and stay strong and positive as studies show that this leads to better outcomes in patients.
LEARN…kept me sane as I made my way through this journey called life and my detour known as breast cancer. I hope that it will help make a little better sense of yours too. Learn and live your best life…