Separating Yourself from Your Cancer

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As soon as you receive a mesothelioma diagnosis, it may seem as though it takes over your life. Many patients feel out of control and so desperate to beat the disease that it immediately takes precedence over everything else.

One of the most important things to remember during this difficult time is that your cancer does not define you. While it may feel like it has taken everything from you, it hasn’t. Your cancer doesn’t take away everything that you have worked for and accomplished in your life—not your house, not your family, not your livelihood. It doesn’t change the fact that you are loved by many people, friends and family alike, who are going to be there to support you.

Your diagnosis can stir up a number of emotions. You may feel anger, confusion, depression, guilt and frustration. It’s okay to feel that way—temporarily. Positive thinking is one of the most powerful tools you can use, and something that you have complete control over. You fight cancer day by day, so every opportunity you have to move forward in a positive way, take it.

Activities that you have always enjoyed, whether it’s cooking, exercising or painting pottery, can still bring you the same joy that you experienced before. In fact, these activities provide a welcome distraction from your cancer and can be more therapeutic than you think. Try to keep your daily schedule as normal as possible-you  may not be able to do things at the same intensity level as before, but at least you are still doing them.

Not Alone In Your Fight Against Cancer

Another important thing to remember: You’re not alone in your fight.

There are many different support groups available to give you the support you need, when you need it. You can talk to people who know exactly what you are going through, people who may need a shoulder to lean on just like you do. Making these connections can be extremely helpful as you go through this difficult time in your life, and can allow you to separate yourself from the cancer and connect with others on a completely new level.

Carrying on with your everyday life as much as you can may sound easier than it actually is. Of course, you are going to have days where your frustration gets the best of you and you don’t feel like doing anything. This is normal. The key is to stay true to yourself and not allow cancer to take over your thoughts and your life.

What techniques do you use to help separate yourself, or your loved ones, from cancer? Let us know in the comments or on Facebook.


Nadia Persaud joined the Mesothelioma Center in 2011 as the Social Media Community Analyst. She is excited to be spreading awareness about asbestos safety and new developments in the industry with our online community. If you have a story idea for Nadia, please email her at npersaud@asbestos.com.

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