5 New Year’s Resolutions to Stay Strong & Carry On
Editor's Note: This post was originally published in December 2016 and has been updated for accuracy and relevance.
Here at the Cancer Support Community, we all want to wish you and your loved ones a happy holiday season. With 2021 right around the corner, we also want to share a few possible New Year’s resolutions for everyone affected by cancer. They might not all apply to you, depending on where you are in your experience. But we hope they offer a reminder that you are not alone on your journey. CSC is here for you.
Resolution #1: Become a better advocate for yourself.
Making treatment decisions for yourself or with a loved one can be overwhelming if you have 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 about your form of cancer. You can also call our Cancer Support Helpline, which provides free navigation for cancer patients or their loved ones. Our Helpline navigators can help you get answers to some of your questions so that you can arrive at your next doctor’s appointment more prepared to make the best decisions you can.
Remember: You have the right to voice your concerns and make choices about your treatment. Check out these key tips on communicating with your doctor and healthcare team.
Resolution #2: Help others by sharing your cancer experience.
One way to help us provide the best care possible is by participating in our Cancer Experience Registry. By taking this survey, you can share your cancer experience with us. We’d like your feedback if you:
- have just been diagnosed
- are in the midst of your cancer journey
- are cancer-free
- are a caregiver
Your feedback 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 work needs to be done in the realm of social and emotional support for people affected by cancer.
Resolution #3: Stay as healthy as you can.
Whether you’re receiving treatment now or in recovery, nutrition and physical activity are important ways to stay as strong as possible. Staying in shape can help minimize side effects of treatment and may even help prevent recurrence. Explore CSC’s Virtual Kitchen, where you’ll find cooking videos and healthy recipes specifically created to support the nutritional needs of people impacted by cancer.
Exercise can also play a vital role in your overall well-being—and it doesn’t need to be strenuous. Taking a walk, bicycling, or practicing yoga are all great ways to achieve the physical and mental benefits of exercise. Visit our Mind Body Studio for yoga lessons, gentle exercises, and meditation videos.
Resolution #4: Build an online community.
Sometimes the hardest part of one’s cancer journey can be trying to do it all alone. MyLifeLine’s Friends & Family Sites exist to easily connect cancer patients and caregivers with friends, family members, and others in their support network. As a free service offered by CSC, MyLifeLine allows you to create your own private support website. Here, you can document your journey and receive social, emotional, and practical support along the way. Having this kind of support reduces stress, anxiety, and isolation.
MyLifeLine also features 13 different discussion boards, from Living with Breast Cancer to Caregiver Support. These discussion boards provide a safe space to connect with others like you, share your own cancer experiences, and offer insights, coping strategies, and inspiration.
Resolution #5: Participate in research that improves the lives of others with cancer.
CSC conducts surveys, studies, and focus groups to gather valuable insights from patients and caregivers. In turn, we apply and communicate this feedback to inform policies, create educational programs, and provide support for everyone impacted by cancer. Whether you are facing a cancer diagnosis or navigating a caregiver role, we welcome your feedback and invite you to share your unique insights.
You can participate in CSC's research by:
- taking part in an online survey
- joining one of our studies
- sharing your thoughts in a focus group
- offering your feedback on one of our resources
Not feeling up to making any resolutions?
That’s fine, too. Living with cancer or being a caregiver to someone with cancer can be a full-time job. The most important thing you can do is focus on yourself and your loved ones in the new year.
Thanks for following our blog and being a part of our community. Your support enables us to ensure that no one faces cancer alone. Be sure to check back often as we share more news, stories, and inspiration to help support you on your journey.
See you in 2021!