A cancer diagnosis comes with a whole host of feelings and emotions and fears. The moment the doctor says those words, you know your life and the life of your child will forever be changed. Dealing with cancer is always a tough road, but there are things that you can do to make things easier to understand and process.
Let’s look at some tips from cancer patients and health professionals.
Get the facts and understand the cancer diagnosis – As a parent, you should know everything there is to know so you can understand and explain it to your child. Know what type of cancer it is, what the prognosis is, what treatments are available, where the cancer is, how serious it is, what stage it is in, the risks involved with certain treatments, etc.
Communicate – Always keep communicating with the doctors, your child, therapists, family and friends. You may need to do this on behalf of your child for some time but older children should be encouraged to also continue communicating.
Take a deep breath – Some days things will get really hectic and scary and you will feel overwhelmed. On these days, take a deep breath and refocus. Listen to what is said, stay calm with what is happening, and keep your head.
Get the best doctor for the disease – There are many different types of cancer and it is important that you find the best oncologist for your child’s specific type and diagnosis. Oncologists have specialities and it is important to have a doctor that understands the condition better than anyone else.
Hire a team of professionals – A team of different healthcare professionals is your best option for recovery and living a good life despite the cancer. Oncologists, dieticians, psychologists, art therapists, chiropractors, etc. all have valuable input and their combined advice and treatments will definitely help with living well and dealing with cancer better.
Have a healthy lifestyle – This is something everyone should do, but with a cancer diagnosis it is even more important. Your child’s body is already sick and you need to try and help that little body heal itself and feel better. The best way to do that is by having your child eat fresh fruits and vegetables and especially the green stuff that they just love so much. It may be a challenge, but eating healthy is important.
Lots of sleep – Your child’s body needs a lot of rest and getting at least seven or eight hours of sleep is ideal. Enough sleep will allow your child’s body to rest and be better able to deal with treatments and healing itself. It will also make them mentally stronger and better able to cope.
Get some exercise – Exercise is important. The type of cancer and the stage will determine how active your child can be, but it is important to have some activity. Walking, playing, swimming, or just some muscle exercises will all be good.
Many people are living with cancer and they have full and healthy lives. These tips will help you and your child to have the same kind of life. As a parent, you may need to drive these things until they can do so themselves. Always remember to allow your friends and family to help. They want to.