At every point in the cancer journey, from diagnosis to treatment to remission, survivors are often asked to make difficult choices. Without meaningful perspective, these choices can be really hard.
Carmel, IN (PRWEB) May 31, 2012
Life can be rewarding following a cancer diagnosis and incredibly enriching even while enduring difficult treatment. National Cancer Survivors Day(R), observed on June 3, 2012, celebrates the 12 million cancer survivors (anyone with a living history of cancer), their loved ones, and their healthcare providers. Coordinated by the National Cancer Day Survivors Foundation, this annual celebration is recognized through events nationwide, including parades, carnivals, walks, races, art exhibits, health fairs, dances, inspirational programs and more.
National Cancer Survivors Day offers a great opportunity to consider how survivors are thriving and dealing with their own unique challenges. WhatNext.com, a social health platform developed with the participation of the American Cancer Society, provides cancer survivors with firsthand insight into how others like them are taking on tough obstacles and leading fulfilling lives. This network of cancer survivors offers five tips for dealing with the cancer journey.
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions. At every point in the cancer journey, from diagnosis to treatment to remission, survivors are often asked to make difficult choices. Without meaningful perspective, these choices can be really hard. Empower yourself by asking questions and challenging the answers until you are confident. You can do this at local support groups or online health networks, such as WhatNext.com, to find out what others like you did, and if they would do it again.
- Laugh at the small stuff, and the big stuff, too! While cancer is no laughing matter, a lot of funny things do happen to cancer survivors and their loved ones. Laughter can be an excellent coping mechanism.
- Take advantage of helpful resources. There are many free resources for people at every point of their cancer journey. A few of our favorites include GiveForward.com, an online fundraising tool that helps users raise money to defray medical costs. LotsaHelpingHands.com lets users set up a calendar of tasks that need to be done (rides to treatment, meal needed, babysitting, etc.) and your friends and family can sign up to take on those tasks. CancerandCareers.org provides educational information and resources to help cancer survivors thrive in the workplace.
- Surround yourself with people who accept all of you. Make sure you have someone to talk to who can accept all the emotions you may be experiencing, from fear and sadness to laughter and joy and everything else in between.
- Pay it forward by sharing your journey. After going through treatment, many cancer survivors want to “give back” by sharing their experiences as a way to help those who are newly diagnosed and their loved ones gain insight into what they might expect. You can give the gift of your experience by participating in local support groups or at online health networks, such as WhatNext.com.
For more information about National Cancer Survivors Day and to find events and celebrations near you, please visit http://www.ncsd.org.
Since 2011, WhatNext has provided patients, survivors, caregivers, families and friends with access to firsthand insight into the treatments, decisions and experiences of others like them. Built on a patent-pending technology, WhatNext is the first online social health platform to instantly connect people with peers, organizations and resources based on the specifics of a diagnosis. A privately held company based in Carmel, Ind., WhatNext was developed with the participation of the American Cancer Society. For additional information, please visit http://www.WhatNext.com.