Now let’s address the elephant in the room. Cancer if diagnosed early can be cured.Yes there is hope.The treatment however takes a significant toll on the patient.Both physically and emotionally draining.I have personally spoken about the journey to curing cancer to 4 women in my own family and friend circle who have successfully battled cancer.Keeping a healthy and positive attitude was a highlight of what everyone says.
Its not a grandma disease women in their 20/30/40s get it
Men can get breast cancer too
Not all lumps are cancerous
Its not hereditary , cases are sporadic in nature
Denser breasts tend to develop cancer more easily
Extreme fatigue that doesn’t go away
Aches prolonging for more than a week
Pain in the upper shoulder region
Battling cancer is particularly hard for women with young kids and family.Not only do you need to get well for yourself but there is a lot more dependent on you.The stress of your loved ones to watch you go through so much pain is the worst of all.The social stigma and negativity around cancer is so bad.If you want to silence a room full of people just say “cancer”. It’s not that people don’t care it just that they don’t know what to say.Silence hurts more than words.A word or two of support, a warm reassuring hug can go a long way in helping someone in their fight against cancer.
Love and support from your family and friends goes a long way in the fight against cancer
Dealing with chemo is so far the worst experience one can have.It leads to hair loss for most people.For women their hair and breasts are important.Not only does this make the disease more visible it also affects the self confidence.Mental health and stability is very important when it comes to fighting terminal diseases.Its natural to feel defeated and depressed but keep holding on.Start each day with the thought that you’re getting better.Your thoughts will help you cure you.Being positive will help you power through the pain.
Chronic pain is a huge personal burden.It interrupts you daily activity.Mindful meditation can go a long way in helping you manage chronic pain.Breathing exercises are quite helpful in dealing with chronic pain.In the smartphone era we have quite a few apps that help.Some of the good ones are:
- Stop,Breathe & Think
- 7 cups
Coming to supporting others with cancer,let’s show a little compassion.So next time instead of cold silence express your emotions ,give a warm hug to someone battling his monster.Post breast cancer recovery , a lot of women need special support and care.Sometimes the cancerous tumour has to be removed and sometimes the entire breast tissue.After surgery lot of women need more comfortable and supportive brassieres.A shoutout to all clothing store that provide special care bras.
My heart filled condolences to those who fought bravely and lost.A salute to proud and strong women who won the race.You are no less than a warrior and you are not alone.