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  • Your Healing Journey

  • We believe that healing from cancer involves more than surgery and treatments.

    Your total healing will take place when you are meeting friends for dinner, attending your child’s athletic event, taking a walk with your loved ones around your neighborhood park or simply basking in the beauty of a Colorado sunset.

    Moving forward

    Asking “why” is a common and natural response to circumstances beyond your control. It is important to learn as much as you can about your diagnosis. Your healing journey will be uniquely yours because of your life’s purpose and goals. You will experience a range of emotions as you live with cancer. Realize these feelings can change from day to day, hour to hour, or even minute to minute.

    Family Matters

    Cancer will not only impact your life, but also the lives of those around you. Most families find that being honest and open about the cancer opens the door to work together to walk the difficult path and manage the changes that cancer can bring.

    Share Your Feelings

    Cancer is hard to deal with all alone. Although talking about it may not be easy at first, you may find that sharing your emotions will help you deal with a cancer diagnosis. We encourage you to find a good listener and to be true to your feelings. View Navigating the Emotional Impact of Treatment.

    Talk with Your Cancer Care Team

    For many people, regaining a sense of control begins by learning as much as they can about their diagnosis and asking questions. Make sure to talk with your care team about what you learn. View a list of common cancer treatment questions we’ve put together to help you start a meaningful conversation with your provider. You may also want to visit the National Cancer Institute for additional resources.

    Accepting Kindness

    A disease diagnosis has the potential to bring out the best in others. Allow them to help you. For a time, your daily life might become hard to manage and you may need to ask for help from: 

    • Family and friends. Most people want to help but don’t know how. Let them know you need a meal, a load of laundry washed, a ride to the doctor, a phone call – or whatever would be most helpful to you. This is actually a gift from you to them… they want to help.
    • Others who have or had cancer. Sharing what you are going through, have been through and hearing how others have coped can be a source of strength for you even if your experiences aren’t exactly the same.
    • Support groups.
    • Spiritual help. Meditating or praying may provide you with a sense of peace and strength.
    • Caregivers. Your day-to-day help, a spouse, partner, friend or family member assisting you. Caregiving is a difficult job and your caregiver may need some support of their own.

    During your healing process you will learn that you are capable of more than you could imagine. We are here to help you through and over the challenges.

    Living Each Day

    A cancer diagnosis often causes a person to re-evaluate their lives. Ask yourself these questions:

    • Who do I like to be with?
    • What makes me feel happy?
    • What are my passions?
    • What types of things do I like the least?
    • Is there something I want to do that I’ve never tried?

    And honor the responses by acting on them .

    There will always be that moment that separates your life into before and after a diagnosis. Try to use some of the tips below to help navigate the emotional impact of a diagnosis. 

    • Know that fatigue, brain fog and disorganization are normal
    • Take time to rest, relax and rejuvenate your mind and body
    • Plan your day in advance – structure will help you move through your day
    • Be okay with leaving things undone
    • Write everything down in one place such as journal
    • Get fresh air
    • Exercise – just the tiniest amount will lift your mind, body and spirit

     

  • Questions & Scheduling

    Centura Health Physician Group Medical Oncology – Avista
    80 Health Park Dr., Suite 270
    Louisville, CO 80027
    Phone: 303-661-1860

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