There are many health issues that plague us throughout the world, but none are quite like cancer. This one problem is not only prevalent throughout all of us, but it comes in so many forms and is so unpredictable.
There are no cures to the issue, though there are treatments. But even those are not a guarantee and for some of us it just comes down to luck and if our bodies can manage to fight it off.
The “C” Word
Cancer is a completely debilitating condition that will physically affect your body and cause you to feel weaker and weaker. It’s a terrible thing to experience but what people may not choose to focus on when dealing with cancer, and that is how a cancer diagnosis can affect your mental health.
Having to cope with the reality of cancer can create anxiety, depression, and more, and can add an even greater burden on our shoulders. It isn’t even just specific to the person who was diagnosed but can also affect the people around them, their friends, family, and loved ones.
It shows the far-reaching impact of cancer and how it can affect more than just the people you think, and in more ways than you would expect.
Cancer and Mental Health
There are a lot of different reasons why these negative changes in mental health can come to be. First off, when going through cancer and cancer treatment, you will often experience a change in your body, which can lead to lower feelings about your self-worth and self-esteem.
You are watching your body deteriorate in front of you, and that’s incredibly difficult to cope with. You feel like you have no control over your own body and your future, instead you have to sit by and watch it all happen.
There are just so many new stressors that are introduced into your life when facing a cancer diagnosis, and these stressors can persist even after you have gone through treatment.
Having to face the unknowns and the possibility of something as severe as death can completely tear you down. All of these can also affect the loved ones around a person who is there to support them.
Watching the person they care about is also a hard thing to cope with, and it can have an emotional toll on them as well.
The good news is that as hard as it can be to watch your loved one struggle, having that support is a huge benefit to them. Social support is a monumental way for a person to help cope with cancer. Having people to talk with and listen to fears can help immensely, as we all know.
A lot of people who are coping with cancer can try to put on a happy face, or a front because they don’t want to feel sad or angry. They feel like they have to stay optimistic and not let the pain get to them.
We encourage you to let yourself be sad and angry, don’t let yourself restrict your emotions. It is okay to be sad, it is okay to be angry, and it is okay to let everything be negative for a bit.
We have to let ourselves feel all ranges of emotion when dealing with something so traumatic and not allowing ourselves to feel how we truly feel can lead to even worse emotional issues. You can speak with your cancer care team about any and all issues that you are experiencing and dealing with.
These people know what you are going through and are trained to help you with any problems you may be experiencing. They can help you find the resources and tools you need, recommend you to a doctor, and more to help you get through your emotional struggles. You don’t have to be doing this alone or feel like you have no options.
While cancer is certainly one of the most terrifying and difficult things to cope with after diagnosis and beyond treatment. This is not only because of the negative physical problems that come with it but also because of the emotional toll that the condition can bring about.
But the good news is that we can still tackle these emotional issues the same way that we would normally. Therapy, support, and talking to people are all ways in which we can cope with the emotional toll of cancer.
While, unfortunately, this won’t rid yourself of the core issue, it can still help lighten the burden they have to carry. There is no way to make the situation easy but we can make it easier.
You don’t have to feel like you are going through it alone and those of us who are supporting don’t have to feel like we are powerless. We can all do something to work together and beat cancer together.
If you, or anyone you know, is struggling with anxiety or mental illness, do not hesitate to contact the team here at True Recovery. Our program, founded in 2014, is built around finding what’s best for you to overcome your addiction. Our facility is located in Newport Beach, California, with our supportive housing located close to our campus in Costa Mesa. Take advantage of the local beaches, nature preserves, and Orange County community while we fight for you. Contact us at (866) 399-6528.