RECOVERING FROM COLORECTAL CANCER

As the treatments end and your energy and confidence return, you’ll be able to move forward from the cancer experience to a new life, and you will become part of a more than a million-strong community of colorectal cancer survivors.

Lynne Hunter, Social Worker – “It’s a new normal for you.”

EMOTIONAL RECOVERY
A diagnosis of cancer impacts your self-esteem, your body image, your sexuality—even your outlook on survival. You probably realize that life will never be the same after such an experience. This will leave you with a sense of loss. Take time to grieve the loss. This grieving process is an important first step toward the healing of the mind.

On the bright side, the cancer experience can be a powerful incentive to reorder your priorities. To eliminate from your life the unimportant negatives and concentrate on enjoying the positives. You may decide to do something you always wanted to do—write poetry, travel, or spend more time with your grandchildren. Make a point of finding something enjoyable in every day, in every task.

Many survivors embrace the experience and become involved in a patient advocacy group. Becoming part of the survivor community and helping others can be an empowering experience.

PHYSICAL RECOVERY
This may be a good time to adopt healthy habits. Good nutrition may speed your healing after surgery. A balanced diet, with proper amounts of protein, fats, carbohydrates, and vitamins will help you feel younger and stay healthier.

Kari Stearns – On the Moving On Program

PHYSICAL RECOVERY
This may be a good time to adopt healthy habits. Good nutrition may speed your healing after surgery. A balanced diet, with proper amounts of protein, fats, carbohydrates, and vitamins will help you feel younger and stay healthier.

Physical activity will help you stay stronger and feel younger. There is also evidence that exercise can improve the immune system, and help protect you against cancer and other diseases. In addition, physical activity increases colon mobility and has a protective effect on the colon lining.

While you are working on decreasing your colon cancer risk, why not take the opportunity to adopt additional healthy habits: stop smoking, reduce or eliminate your intake of alcohol, and protect your skin against the sun.

Other lifestyle changes may help you in your personal and professional life as well: learn to practice relaxation, try meditation, and be sure to get plenty of sleep.

Jessie Muth, Dietician

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