Cancer, Your Mind, and Your Emotions

A cancer diagnosis can be shattering to every part of you: your body, your emotions, and your mind. As challenging as it may be, as a cancer patient it is absolutely crucial for you to surround yourself with a strong support network. Seek encouragement. Recruit friends to help you eat well and exercise as you are able. Be honest about your struggles. Studies (listed below) suggest that cancer patients within a strong support network are likely to have a more positive attitude and will be stronger in their defense against this disease. Resist the urge to seclude yourself—if you have been diagnosed with cancer, you need support now more than ever!
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24862910
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3696969/
http://www.psy.cmu.edu/~scohen/helgcohen96.pdf
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17647221
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