‘The New Normal’ – Living Well after a cancer diagnosis

How do you keep yourself well, in all aspects of your life, after cancer? What helps and what hinders? Share your stories and experiences here.


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Letter to Cancer

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The Dreaded Stoma!!!

By Nicole | November 29, 2016

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Staying Well

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    • Letter to Cancer
      The moment of my diagnosis saw my future totally black out in my mind. I was in this state for a number of mins until I consciously made a decision that I would fight with all I have to win this fight and that I would do so by remaining positive, hopeful and strong. The next four months were challenging but I made a concious effort to always look for the silver lining and remain open to what I was to <b>learn from this experience</b>. Soon after my treatment ended I found myself writing a <b>letter to Cancer</b> here is how it reads: <i>Dear Cancer,</i> <i>                      I write to you in disbelief and a level of denial that my life has crossed paths with you. Like most people who have met you, your presence was never welcome nor enjoyed but the life changing lessons you left behind were amazing. It is for this reason I want to say thank you for teaching me....</i> <i>The true meaning of life;</i> <i>That my children are my life's most rewarding blessing;</i> <i>That my husband and I are truly soulmates and how blessed we are to be together ;</i> <i>That no matter what family is the biggest gift we are all given;</i> <i>That our achievements are own but the impact they have on others are our true legacy;</i> <i>How to immerse myself in each moment, giving it my full attention and care;</i> <i>To be resilient in the toughest of times no matter how weak I feel;</i> <i>That I posses an inner strength ready to fight any challenge;</i> <i>Fear is a waste of precious energy and time and giving me new perspective and ability to not sweat the small stuff;</i> <i>To celebrate the smallest of wins and graciously take ownership for them because I deserve to;</i> <i>To find pleasure in the simplest of beauties in life and to bask in the most glorious of them all;</i> <i>To re-connect with myself and live my own truth;</i> <i>I am enough just as I am;</i> <i>I have survived your ferocity and pray that others who meet you are as fortunate I. In the meantime passing forward my lessons, I hope will show, that you have nothing on the human spirit and matter how hard you try that spirit will overcome you! </i> <i>Sirin</i> Putting my learnings in words directed to that very challenge was a very empowering experience. Prior to writing this letter I had trouble using the words 'I' and 'Cancer in the same sentence, now 10 month into remission I call my safe a Cancer Survivor and do so with great pride and gratefully. <b>I invite your comments or even better your own letter to Cancer so that we can pay forward our learnings with others in similar circumstances. </b>
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    • The Dreaded Stoma!!!
      It is an unexpected surprise even when forewarned.  Not many people like to talk about it and it some ways it is more confronting and harder to cope with than the initial diagnosis of cancer.  Having a stoma changes your perception of yourself and your confidence takes a big hit.  I have had both a colostomy and iliostomy and they are very different to manage. How have people coped with managing their stoma both physically and emotionally? How did people go getting their body back to 'normal' after reversal surgery? Nikki
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    • Staying Well
      Exercise and nutrition can form an important part of feeling good throughout treatment and beyond. Our fact sheet Staying Well might help you to start thinking about eating well and staying active. This is just a starting point! What have you found works for you? We would love you to share your thoughts and tips here.  
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