A cancer diagnosis can send a horrible shockwave through your entire family. Although hearing those words is horrible and no one should ever have to go through this battle, it does happen and it’s important to know how to handle these situations. If someone in your family gets diagnosed with cancer, know that that doesn’t mean it’s time to give up for anyone. It means that it’s time to fight harder than ever before.
Here are a few things to consider following a cancer diagnosis in the family — hopefully they will help ease your mind as you all go through with this difficult battle together.
Have family group discussions
Don’t let anyone in your family shelter themselves in with their own negative thoughts. That will only end up harming you as a collective group. Whether it’s you who received the diagnosis or your brother, mother, or grandfather, it’s important that you all talk about it and talk about it together.
Talk to your family physician
Consulting with your trusted family physician should be required for any family struggling with this situation. By speaking with an experienced and compassionate family physician, you’ll all likely feel much better after hearing about the various cancer treatment options. Rather than doing your own cancer research, which can lead to even more anxiety, talk to a cancer specialist.
Get everyone on a healthy lifestyle
Whoever is going to start battling cancer, it’s important to get in better shape as a family. If everyone in the family begins to take better care of themselves and get in a healthier shape, it’ll be easier for everyone, collectively, to fight this disease. Remember that you’re all in this together and having a healthy body and mind can only help. In addition, only 5% of adults get the recommended 30 minutes of physical activity each day. It’s time to change that as a family.