HEARTLAND CARCINOIDS & NETs
Serving Neuroendocrine Cancer Survivors & Caregivers
1. Exercise! Don't panic...you don't have to go out and register for the next marathon! Choose an activity that fits your current physical capabilities. Ask your doctors to suggest an activity that won't hurt you. Then listen to your body! Start slowly...go easy...build up to longer and more strenuous sessions over time. Safe exercise won't hurt or cause pain!
2. Do something you love each day...Whether it is playing the piano, sewing, playing games, woodworking, knitting, watching a ballgame, listening to your favorite music or playing with your children or grandchildren, you will lift your spirits if you invest in an activity that gives you joy! Play is as important for adults as it is for children!
3. Reach out to friends and family. Those you love are often the ones who can make you smile and feel worthwhile and loved. Let them know how you feel and see if they can help you find some fun distractions!
4. Reach out to other survivors! Attend a support meeting...chat online...make a phone call. Another survivor understands what you are going through and may be able to share some of their coping skills!
5. Concentrate on what you can do...not on what you can't do! As a cancer survivor your "normal" has changed, but your interests don't have to. If you love participating in sports but don't have the energy or strength for that yet, how about attending your local kids league games or coaching when you feel up to it. Be a "mascot" for a team! Even if you don't know the kids, they really feel special when someone regularly watches their games and cheers them on!
6. Read that book or magazine you've been putting off. Take it outside to your patio or a nearby park. Combine the reading with a bit of a walk and some time in the fresh air!
7. Pay it forward...Find a way to contribute your unique gifts to your family, your community, your local schools, your church, a support group or others. Nothing soothes the soul like making a difference in the life of someone who needs some help.
8. If you can't find ways to bring more joy to your life on your own, check with your doctor. You may be experiencing the anxiety or depression that often comes with a cancer diagnosis. There are medications and treatments that can help you overcome these problems and give you your happy self back! There is no disgrace in requesting medical help!
"May you find serenity and tranquility
in a world you may not always understand.
May the pain you have known and
the conflict you have experienced
give you the strength to walk through life
facing each new situation with courage and optimism.
Always know that there are those
whose love and understanding will always be there,
even when you feel most alone.
May you discover enough goodness in others
to believe in a world of peace.
May a kind word, a reassuring touch, and a warm smile
be yours every day of your life,
and may you give these gifts
as well as receive them.
Remember the sunshine
when the storm seems unending."
Disclaimer: We are patients and caregivers, not doctors. Any information shared should be used with caution, and is not a substitute for careful discussion with your medical doctors and other healthcare professionals.
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