While I wait to hear back about survivorship support AND wait to see doctor about my current health issues, I’ve been exercising my Google Fu skills to find some help online. One such resource I found was a PDF booklet titled creatively enough, “Facing Forward: Life After Cancer Treatment” put together by the National Cancer Institute.
I’m finding it to contain some useful information. They suggest you share the booklet with friends and family to help them understand what you are going through, which I have now done. You can either read it straight through or read a specific section as needed. I skimmed the whole booklet to get a sense of the contents and now I’m taking on sections that resonate with me the most at any given time.
On the heels of yesterday’s semi-controlled vent regarding fears of my cancer coming back, I thought the section on coping skills for that very thing might be a good place to begin.
- Be Informed – this is currently causing me more agita than it is helping, so moving on…
- Express Feelings – the blog is helping me to better get out the thoughts rolling around in my head
- Seek the Positive – I’m considering adding a section to my posts to highlight the good I see happening around me
- Don’t Blame Yourself – my initial thought was that this doesn’t really apply to me and then a tiny voice said, “yes, it does” so we’ll just consider this a work in progress
- Be Active – Fergus and Fitbit are helping me with this one. I increased my step goal another 1K per day this week to 7K
- Relax – Knitting.
- Control What You Can – as a recovering control freak, this one is a bit difficult for me, but I’m working on it 🙂
How have you dealt with your fears? Let me know in the comments. We’re all in this together after all.
Don’t worry, I got this.