7 New Year’s Resolutions for Newly Diagnosed Breast Cancer Patients

Facing a cancer diagnosis is not a great way to kick off a new year. These resolutions will make it a little bit easier. Admit That You’re Scared Cancer is terrifying. Your mind races. You ask yourself questions like, “Am I going to die?” You freak out worrying about all the people who depend on you, especially the kids. It’s normal. Admitting to it can help. Grieve the Loss of Your Hair If you, like a lot of cancer patients, face the loss of your hair because of chemotherapy, go ahead and grieve that loss. It sucks to lose your hair. People who shave their heads in sympathy are great, but the fact is that they don’t have cancer and their hair will grow back fast. You’ll be bald for a long time. And when your hair does come back, it might look completely different from the way it does now. That’s a huge loss, and it’s not shallow or vain or foolish to feel sad about it. Everyone knows that hair loss is not the worst thing about cancer. But if it’s bumming you out, know that you’re in good company. Who knows, though. You might have fun playing with new styles and colors in the meantime. And your husband might think your wigs are a turn on. But it’s your head, and you get to feel any way you want about it. Be Willing to Accept Help Along with having days when you feel like crap, cancer keeps you busy. You’ll have lots of appointments, paper work, prescriptions to fill, and weird supplies to buy that you can’t really anticipate. And you’ll be tired. As hard as it can be to be on the receiving end of a helping hand, put the word out that you have cancer and ask for help. Then take it. MORE: How to use mindfulness to heal body and soul Have a Sense of Humor Some aspects of cancer are funny. Watching your husband trying to put d
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