Here at the Cancer Support Community, we all want to wish a happy holiday season to you and your loved ones. With 2017 right around the corner, we also wanted to suggest a few possible New Year’s resolutions to everyone affected by cancer. Consider these just a few suggestions – which may not all apply to you given where you are in your cancer experience – to help yourself or to help us ensure that no one faces cancer alone.
Resolution #1: Become a better advocate for yourself
Making treatment decisions for yourself or with a loved one can be overwhelming for someone with no medical background. At CSC, we provide several ways to bridge this divide. Our Learn About Cancer Types guides are set up to help you learn the basics and some of the specifics about your form of cancer. You can also call our Cancer Support Helpline to be set up with a professional who can help you get answers to some of your questions and enter your next doctor’s appointment more prepared to make the best decisions you can.
Read more about self-advocacy here.
Resolution #2: Share your cancer experience in order to help others
One easy way to help us provide the best care possible is by participating in our Cancer Experience Registry. By taking a 15-45 minute survey, you can share your cancer experience with us, regardless of whether you’ve just been diagnosed, are cancer-free, are in the midst of your cancer struggle, or are a caregiver. This allows us to tailor our services to meet the needs of the people who use them. It also allows us to make our case to policymakers and the public that more needs to be done in the realm of social and emotional support for people affected by cancer.
You can take the survey here.
Resolution #3: Stay as healthy as you can
Whether you’re entering treatment or in recovery, nutrition and physical activity are important ways to make your life easier. Keeping your body in as good of shape as possible will help you beat cancer and prevent its recurrence. Check out this fact sheet if you’d like to cut down on your substance use in the new year.
Read more about how to take care of yourself holistically here.
Resolution #4: Get involved with your local affiliate
CSC has 44 affiliates and 170 more locations around the United States and internationally. What getting involved means for you will differ depending on where in the cancer journey you are. If you’re living with cancer, our affiliates provide many services to help, including distress screenings, support groups, and one-on-one advice to help with financial and medical issues. If you’re in a place where you can help give back, volunteering with a local affiliate to help with outreach or fundraising is an invaluable way to keep these affiliates strong.
You can find your local affiliate here.
Resolution #5: No resolution
Living with cancer or being a caregiver to someone with cancer can be a full-time job in itself, and it’s okay if you don’t want to make any resolutions. Focus on you and your loved ones this year.
Thanks for following along with our blog and being a part of our community this year. Your support enables us to ensure that no one faces cancer alone. Next month, we’ll pick back up again with blogs on cervical cancer, our grassroots advocacy network, and how to navigate the insurance system when facing a cancer diagnosis. See you in 2017!