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5 TIPS FOR NEWLY DIAGNOSED CANCER PATIENTS

Updated: Mar 9, 2023


hello there,

when i was diagnosed with cancer five years ago (omg i cant believe it's been five years!), i was desperate to try to find information to guide me through it.


5 TIPS FOR NEWLY DIAGNOSED CANCER PATIENTS

1. Keep a log/tracker of your symptoms

— even if it’s a cheap planner or calendar or notes in your phone. this will help you present how you’re feeling to your care team


2. record your appointments

— your brain tends to shut down with everything happening all at once. it can be hard to focus or process

— this can also help you play back the appointment later when you have enough energy to process


3. tackle tasks in pieces

— your body/mind will go into hyperdrive trying to tackle everything. your adrenaline kicks in and you feel “fine”

— pick 1-3 things to do and then rest. it’s frustrating but it’s better than burnout

— mental labor can be just as taxing as physical labor


4. be honest about needing help

— this can be the hardest part (it was super hard for me)

— asking for help is NOT a weakness

— people who can and want to help, will help


mental health is important too:


5. find healthy distractions

— post diagnosis, you’re either moving way too fast or you’re in a holding pattern

— find something to help your mind reset


BONUS TIP:

be kind to yourself

— this is also one of the hardest things for me to do

— you deserve kindness.

— whatever is happening to you is NOT your fault


equipment:

I usually use royalty-free music from Epidemic Sound.

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