One of three women will be diagnosed with cancer in her lifetime according to the National Cancer Institute, and for women who have been diagnosed, life changes forever.
Women who have been diagnosed with cancer face unique challenges that should be addressed for optimum outcome. Regardless of age, women tend to feel an extra sense of concern for how the other people in their life will be affected by their diagnosis.
Generally speaking, women tend to take these concerns for their family and friends well-being and place those concerns before their own. Even though concern for others is always an important issue, the healthiest way to look at cancer is person centered.
A woman who is willing to shift the focus to self-care is going to be much healthier and stronger in the long run.
One of the biggest hurdles to overcome is the thinking that self-care is selfish. On the contrary– resting when you are tired, seeking support, expressing emotion and asking for what you need are indications that you are just taking good care of yourself.
Family and friends can then rest assured that you are taking the appropriate steps to fight cancer– the most important job for a person with cancer!
Lisa Schneider, LCPC – Lisa is the Clinical Program Director for “The Cancer Support Center” www.cancersupportcenter.org – She is also a Certified Yoga Instructor.