It's important to continue to live your life despite your ovarian cancer diagnosis. But what does this mean exactly? Do you have to carry on like nothing's happened? Of course not. Even just having some distractions, such as getting out of the house or having some fun time with your family, can help keep your spirits up while battling this disease. You may even still be able to work during treatment.
Life Goes On
Being diagnosed with ovarian cancer can make you feel like you are fighting a death sentence every day. However, it's important not to let it completely consume your every thought. Staying positive and minimizing stress can help boost your ability to keep a healthy mindset. To help avoid falling into a depression, try to stay active and keep life as normal as you possibly can. This isn't just important for you; it's important for your family and friends as well.
Family and friends, who are an important part of your support system, may feel guilty if they are doing things that bring them joy while you are battling cancer. Therefore, it's important to encourage them to continue doing things they enjoy and reassure them that they don't need to feel guilty. Children in particular tend to feel guilty if they go out with their friends when they feel like they should be at home helping you. But allowing them to continue with their regular routine will help to keep their spirits up as well.
With the unpredictability of what cancer treatment holds, maintaining a familiar day-to-day routine will also help provide some stability in your life.
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