After facing a cancer diagnosis and treatment, it is not uncommon for people to reflect on aspects of their health and lifestyle choices. For some, they were already in the habit of regular exercise or had routines or habits in place to support their physical and emotional health; and for others this presents an opportunity to run an inventory over their life and identify things that need some realignment. Your care team may have also suggested that it might be helpful to incorporate exercise or other lifestyle changes to better manage side-effects or improve your overall health outcomes (i.e., survival benefit).
People can experience a range of emotions as a result of reassessing their health and lifestyle – confusion or resentment (“but I was doing all the right things before I got cancer?”), fear or self-blame (“did I contribute to getting sick”), overwhelm and procrastination (“I don’t know where to start”), and a renewed motivation (“I feel empowered that there are things I can do”) and sometimes all at the same time.
Coupled with these emotions is learning how your body has changed; navigating treatment and side-effects; and unknowns about what to expect about your capacity now and into the future, setting goals around your health can be difficult.
The purpose of this topic is to start a conversation with your Valion Oncology Care Coordinator to help you bring together the health advice that you have been provided along the way and help you explore and make a plan about how to integrate and act on the changes you would like to make in your life.