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Your Life In Breast Cancer Recovery Starts Today

Guest Post: Cheryl Conklin--

Breast cancer was the most commonly diagnosed cancer in 2020, with approximately 2.3 million new cases identified globally. However, being common does not mean that it is an easy diagnosis or a simple recovery. As a survivor of breast cancer, your journey is just beginning. Here are some healthy habits that will help you along the way.

Find inspiration where you can.

Finding inspiration is crucial to appreciating the world around us. And when you are in the throes of despair and depression, inspiration is what will keep you going. Bettina M. Brown’s podcast, In the Rising, is a great place to start your search. The podcast can help you get in sync with your purpose and introduce you to other women who have made their mark on the world.

Understand your body.

Your body after breast cancer is different, particularly if you have had a mastectomy. Learn to accept changes in your body, but focus on the things you love the most. You should be aware that you are very likely to experience menopausal symptoms. Breast Cancer Now also explains that you may experience a condition called lymphoedema. This is swelling of certain areas of the body, often the arms, which can make you less likely to want to wear sleeveless tops. It takes time, but give yourself some grace, and remember all that your body has gone through and that it has survived a significant health scare.

Create positivity at home.

They say that home is where the heart is, but it can also be where the tension lives. If you notice mood changes that affect you and your family, now is a great time to make some changes on the home front. To create positivity, start by clearing out all of the “junk” that you’ve collected over the years. Reducing clutter and prioritizing cleanliness will help create a more relaxed mood in the home. If the weather is nice, turn off the AC and open the windows so that your entire family can enjoy the healing benefits of fresh air.

Eat for your health.

Because weight gain is common during and after breast cancer treatment, your diet must be a priority. Not only do you need to eat to enhance your nutrition, but the food you eat should also help you manage your weight as well as the side-effects of cancer treatment. If you don’t already, make a point to eat lots of anti-inflammatory foods, such as berries, spinach, and salmon – bonus if you live near a farmers market and can get these fresh and in season. It’s usually a good idea to avoid foods full of trans fat and anything prepackaged. You’ll also want to steer clear of so-called anti-cancer diets, and eat based on common sense. Your doctor can help you come up with the nutrition plan that’s right for your lifestyle and overall health.

Cheryl Conklin

Wellness Central