1. Learn about your disease and get the facts and make sure you ask lots of questions and be as informed as you can.
2. Except your cancer and make those around you accept it. Then also accept the fact that you choose to beat it. That you choose not to give up!
3. Scream, laugh, cry, hug, smile, eat ice cream or chocolate, see a movie or do whatever you have to but stay focused on the fact that you can do this and you can beat it.
Breathe: in and out every day, preferably outside every day, and even better if you are getting some exercise in whatever form you are up to.
Accept help: from everyone. They don’t know how to help, but if you give them a job they’ll be glad to do it.
Listen to your body: on the good days get out and meet friends, do stuff with family, go grocery shopping etc, on the bad days give your self a break and rest when you need, eat and drink what you need, take the medications you need. It’s ok to spend a few days watching Netflix if that’s all you are up to - your job is to get through your treatment.
thanks to all of you who have given their three best tips...my 3 tips are:
1. take one day at a time
2. live life fully and enjoy even the small things in life
3. make a special attempt to take good care of yourself
1. Give yourself some time to recover from the shock - This can take a couple days. During this time, try to remember that all of those thoughts that are scaring the hell out of you are just thoughts. They are not things you know for sure.
2. Get organized - do whatever your “patient” needs to get them through the days ahead - set up a notebook, cook ahead some meals, etc.
3. Be there. Stay overnight if it’s needed, take them to appointments if needed,
Oh, dang: there is a 4th one, and it’s the most important of all: TAKE TIME TO CARE FOR YOURSELF. Your caregiving will take some energy, and batteries don’t run on empty. Finding time to do what feeds your soul will help you help your “patient” all the way through their journey.