As many of you may or may not know breast cancer is one of the most common disease among women that limits one’s ability to function on a daily basis. Being diagnosed with breast cancer can have an overall effect physically, mentally, and financially from the treatment or from the news of having the disease alone.
Receiving the news of having breast cancer is one thing but living with it requires lifestyle changes. In addition to maintaining and balancing emotional well-being. Professionally and personally I have seen clients and family members battle this disease head on with good, average, bad and very poor days.
The acceptance of watching the body change with treatment and sometimes surgical interventions can sometimes take a toll on the body has never been experienced before. The most challenging step that some of my clients and family members had was adopting lifestyle changes to have a quality of life.
Having a quality of life helps you feel a sense of independence, acceptance, and most of all holistic well-being. When I think of living I picture the following:
Ability to perform day to day activities in order to survive
Mental and physical health
Living with cancer embodies of all the well-being components listed above in addition to managing the symptoms and side effects of treatment. What I have learned over the years, is help my clients and family members who have survived or live with this disease to cope.
Coping requires you to deal with a present problem in this case a disease in order to have some sense of normalcy and over all well-being. I have also learned that coping requires individual and collective collaboration when helping someone with a chronic disease. Every person that lives with breast cancer needs to have individual coping strategies. In addition to family collective coping strategies.
Today I want to share three quality of life tips to help you and family members cope and live with breast cancer:
Never be ashamed to ask for assistance or help when you feel depressed or inability to accept the changes that come with having breast cancer.
Strive daily to do activities that you enjoy this will help maintenance of independence.
Take it a day at a time this will help build your strength and ability to learn ways to live with quality.
To learn more about how to live with breast cancer and other chronic disease that effect one’s ability to have a quality of life schedule your free fifteen minute consultation at www.gracefulinhomeaging.biz.
Empowering you to live with grace and comfort at home and or the community environment is the epitome of living.
Your Passionate Caregiver Coach,
P.S. I honor each newly diagnosed, and survivor you are a hero in my heart!