Looking After Yourself
The reality of living with Neuroendocrine Cancer.
Neuroendocrine Cancer can affect your body, your mind and your life in all kinds of ways, so in this section we focus on some of the challenges you might face and ideas that can help you to deal with them.
There are the physical effects and the various treatments, but there is also the emotional impact. Here we will talk about some of the feelings you may experience and some practical tips that may help.
We’ll talk about the reality of living with Neuroendocrine Cancer.
We can’t tell you that everything is going to be OK or that your life won’t change. Or that relationships and emotions won’t sometimes get messy as you adjust to life with Neuroendocrine Cancer. Important aspects of your life – your relationships, work life and social life – will be affected to some degree.
There will be times when life feels great, of course. Many people live well for years, following diagnosis and we very much hope this will be the case for you. But living well can depend on many things:
- Your physical health and disease status (type, grade, treatments, etc),
- Your emotional health (worry, concern, anxiety, how you react/cope with challenges/stress), and your social and familial health (those around you – family and friends, work-colleagues/employers/employees – how much support you have and how much others depend on you).
Living with Neuroendocrine Cancer has been described as like being on a rollercoaster. So there may well be times when things aren’t easy, and this section is here to help you deal with those times.
How we think and feel is often influenced by our memories, experiences, relationships, beliefs, those around us, as well as our hopes for and concerns about the future.
Finding Ways To Cope
There are plenty of things you can do to get through bad days, from laughing with friends to working out exactly what’s making you stressed.