It is a reality of life that certain illnesses can really ravage the mind and the body. In an ideal world, everyone would be able to afford treatment or even not have to go through and illness. However, we all know too well that this is not how life is. Today, we wanted to discuss something that at one or several points in the journey with illness shall be considered: treatment versus letting go.
In the midst of treatment, you must remember that you will suffer through side effects that will feel worse than the illness itself. This is particularly true regarding chemotherapy and even subsequent surgeries. So you need to consider if this is something that you want to do personally rather than something that you are doing for the sake of your loved ones.
They may be in this fight with you but they are not the ones who will have to undergo treatment—there is a world of difference in that.
Just because you can choose to let go does not automatically equate to giving up. This is something that we feel needs a bit more emphasis. When you choose to not pursue treatment, everyone around you needs to realize that this is a personal choice.
There are now a lot of other options for those that choose to not undergo any sort of treatment. For example:
This refers to special medical care which can include, but is not limited to, pain relief. While palliative care can be done alongside treatment, they are not mutually exclusive. One can choose to have palliative care without having any treatment. If you choose not to undergo any treatment, palliative care teams can help link you to organizations that can help improve your journey with illness.
Hospice care is the sort of care that focuses more on the quality of your life rather than its length. Hospices are for those that are in the latter phases of an incurable illness.
Before You Go
No matter what you decide, you must think everything through. Consider how this must affect your loved ones and how to best discuss the idea of either pursuing treatment or choosing to let go. Regardless of your choice, we hope that you are at peace with where you are presently.
If it came down to it would you choose to pursue with treatment or consider letting go?
The interesting about family is that they can either be the source of our strength or our damage. When it comes to someone that is fighting a serious illness, let’s take a look at how family can either help or hinder recovery.
Support That Counts
Any physician will tell you that your support system is a critical part of your journey in dealing with an illness—especially one as serious as cancer. It is the people around you that will be able to provide you with the push that you need whenever you feel like giving up the fight. There have been countless stories of people who have been saved by their support system after they believed that they had reached the end of the line.
It is a terrible fact of life that not everyone’s family will be that helpful when it comes to being supportive. In fact, this is when the true nature of most people bubble up into the surface. Here are a few ways that your family can help or hinder your recovery:
Reminding you about appointments – family members can really help your recovery when they take an initiative to remind you about your doctor’s appointments. Bonus points if they actually take you to your appointments.
Acting as your sounding board – family members are in the perfect position to be able an effective sounding board for your ideas and your feelings. Being able to talk about your feelings in a safe space is a great way to relieve yourself of any stress or anxiety.
Putting their needs before yours – it is understandable that the world does not stop because you’ve gotten ill. However, a family unit needs to be able to adjust to the fact that someone in their life has an illness and will need a bit more consideration.
Disregarding your personal wishes – what we believe needs a bit more emphasis is the fact that not everyone who has been diagnosed with a serious illness will want to undergo treatment. While treatment does not always go hand in hand with recovery, some family members feel the need to push their personal preferences over the one who is ill. If this happens to you, do not hesitate to push for your rights and use your voice.
Before You Go
It is completely acceptable—even advisable—to cut off toxic family members. Right now, your priority should be yourself and how you will be able to achieve your best sense of self while battling an illness. Yes, family can be important but what is more important is that you are able to provide an actual supportive set of people that you can rely on.
On a personal standpoint, how do you think your family can help or hinder your recovery?
One of the best things to do when you’re trying to find out more information about caner or an illness is to attend symposiums that heavily feature it. Today, we look at why you should keep abreast of any symposium updates.
What is a Symposium?
A symposium is another way to refer to a conference or a massive meeting which is gathered specifically to discuss a certain topic. One topic that regularly has symposiums and forums would be health. This is because the medical field is constantly changing. What was once found to be the only and absolute best way to treat an illness may not necessarily be true a year later.
Why is being updated important?
If you’ve been thinking of attending a symposium, chances are the announcement for it was made a year previously. Here are a few good reasons why you should stay abreast of any updates to your chosen symposium:
Saves you money
Larger symposiums are often held in places that are able to hold a large quantity of people. So they will normally be held in large cities. If there are any changes that arise, it would save you a lot of money to be informed about it. If the symposium moves its dates, you can be prepared and move any travel dates or add any further plans.
Helps prioritize events
Symposiums often go for several days at a time. If you’re not planning on visiting each day of it given that they discuss several medical fields on different days, it would really help you plan your trip better if you are updated. You can simply choose to go on the date that will be about the medical discussion that you deem is relevant to you.
Disburse information better
If you happen to be the person assigned to keep abreast of information, it would truly help those you are designated to inform if you have the right data to give them. If you stay abreast of any updates, you limit the chances of any misinformation or misunderstandings getting out.
Before You Go
We’re proud of the fact that you are looking into attending symposiums that discuss health. Empowering yourself with updated and critical knowledge can mean the difference between the feeling of helplessness and a carefully crafted attack against what’s ailing you. When it comes to illnesses like cancer, time and information are critical.
So in your own thoughts, why do you think you should keep abreast of any symposium updates?
What’s in a word or a meaning? What is it about certain words that can vastly affect the state of thinking, feelings, and in this case—even healing? Today, we explore the power of words especially when “the big C” is in focus.
What’s In a Word?
Words can be pretty powerful things. They can lift you up or break you down. A wrongly said word at a critical time can cause irreparable damage. At the reverse side of the coin, the right word at the right time can bring a family closer together than ever before. When it comes to the concept of cancer, the words associated with it count for a lot.
The word cancer often connotes a rather grim outlook. When you tell someone that you have cancer, the way that they look at you changes. The way they look at themselves changes as well. This is because everyone probably knows someone that has been afflicted with cancer—we just think it won’t happen to us. In fact, most of us hope and pray that it will never happen to us.
The word cancer is actually a broad word that has been given the task to encompass all the different sorts of afflictions that have affected mankind through the different decades. There are so many people out there that just hear the word ‘cancer’ and immediately change their outlook in life. This opens them up to the risk of over diagnosis and overtreatment.
For example, should you come across the word IDLE or indolent lesions of epithelial origin, you should pay close attention. This means that the disease is present but has a very, very low risk for a metastatic spread.
Before You Go
You are more than your diagnosis. Your attitude will vastly determine how well you will be able to handle the incoming treatments, medicine, and even therapy (if you choose to undergo any). If you’ve ever heard the saying “your body reflects what you hold in your heart” then you will know what we are talking about. Just because you are either diagnosed with cancer or suspect you have cancer does not mean that you should give in to despair.
There are so many people out there that are living proof that taking control over the meaning of a word gives you more than a fighting chance. It gives you a weapon of your own that you can wield to win your struggle.