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Coping With Your Feelings About Cancer


One of the most amazing things about human beings is our resiliency. Having cancer changes your life -- there's no doubt about that -- but people eventually find ways to process it and move on. That includes hanging on to your sense of humor! Sometimes, people have a hard time finding fun in life and laughing after being diagnosed with cancer.
It's okay to laugh! In fact, several studies have explored the link between laughter and its impact on health. Laughter really is one of the best medicines! It has been proven to reduce pain, decrease stress-related hormones, and boost the immune system. Based on these findings, several hospitals offer "laughter therapy" programs as part of a person's treatment plan.

Sources of Support

If you are struggling to deal with all the feelings surrounding your cancer diagnosis, it's important to know that you most definitely are not alone. An amazing wealth of resources is available to you, with people who are eager to help. Just ask!
If you are unsure where to find support, the first place to turn is friends and family. Your loved ones are likely feeling a little helpless, and being able to provide support -- whether emotional or help with errands or household chores, or anything you may need -- helps them deal with their emotions too.
Next, ask your healthcare provider. He or she should have several sources for you, from therapists to formal support programs to community groups. Another good source of help is clergy members. Your priest, rabbi, pastor, or other religious figure can provide comfort and support.
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