Surviving Life’s Difficult Moments

Survivorship is an everyday thing for most of us. We have to work hard to find peace and joy amidst life’s more challenging moments. But for cancer survivors, the challenges have multiplied, and the work needed to feel whole and at peace is an ongoing battle.

A lung cancer diagnosis is life-changing. You will have many new things to think about as your life changes in a way you could not have expected. For many, the focus on treatments and well-being allows physical, mental, and emotional well-being to take a back seat. It may feel that much of your care is out of your control; however, focusing on the parts of your life you can manage will help you feel more self-assured and in control. It may even improve your health outcomes.

Cancer survivorship may be a new term to you, especially if you are receiving treatment. Survivorship is often mistakenly thought of as the end of the cancer journey, the finish line. However, you are considered a cancer survivor from the time of diagnosis through the rest of your life. Whether you are newly diagnosed, actively receiving treatment, or finished with cancer treatments, you are in charge of your cancer journey. You are a survivor, a thriver, a warrior; no one knows your unique needs like you do. Taking ownership of your cancer journey allows you to live life on your own terms.

Cancer survivorship includes a focus on mind, body, and spirit. It’s important to find the right balance for yourself, as everyone’s journey is unique. A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation recognizes that holistic care is key to a life well lived with lung cancer. Holistic care is an approach that considers the whole person, not just the symptoms of lung cancer. Studies show holistic care can improve patient outcomes and well-being by healing the mind, body, and soul.

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