Living with Cancer

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Living Well: Physical Health
Facing a cancer diagnosis can be frightening and living with it takes immense amounts of courage and strength. Nearly 14.5 million people in the United States will be diagnosed with cancer some point in their life. The American Cancer Society reports at 66.5% of these patients will survive five years or more once you are diagnosed, it is imperative to become educated on your cancer, choose a healthcare team and make informed decisions about your treatment. Beyond that, the key to longevity is to live a healthy and balanced life.

To keep your body in optimal condition throughout treatment, it is necessary to eat well. This can help prevent body tissue from breaking down, rebuilding muscle and help maintain your energy. In addition a healthy diet can keep your Meehan system strong. All of these benefits will help you to be resilient and maintaining physical health throughout the side effects of the treatment.

Leading an active life can help maintain muscle strength and reduce some side effects of treatment (stress, fatigue, nausea and constipation.) Talk to your doctor about an appropriate exercise regime. Allow yourself to explore new low impact activities, such as yoga, swimming or kayaking. Even moderate activity like walking for five or 10 minutes can have a positive impact on your health.

Returning to Daily Life
Despite the changes you’re facing one of the healthiest things is to return to your daily life. Embrace your new routine and continue to pursue your passions. Remember to spend time with people within your support Network. You may even want to use this as an option to start a new adventure and try something you’ve always wanted to do. Know that some days it may be difficult and it is okay to face this feelings head on. When you are tired rest and forgive yourself for taking a break.

Working During Treatment
Many people with cancer want to return to work. These reasons may be for income, benefits and or sense of purpose. It is important to discuss with your doctor whether you are well enough to return to your job in any modifications such as working part time. You may need to make sure to know your rights before returning to your employer. It is against the law to discriminate against workers who have disabilities such as cancer. These national laws protect your rights as a worker.

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