How to Cope when You Have Breast Cancer

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Being told that you have breast cancer is devastating. Even though it is often treatable, and the survival rate for men and women is high when caught early, breast cancer carries with it a stigma that is especially felt by women. At John A. White M.D. Obstetrics and Gynecology, LLC, we know that there is no one way to deal with breast cancer that is right for everyone. However, here are 3 things that every person can do to cope with the stress of the disease and its treatment:

  1. Meditate: you may use an exercise like yoga or archery to help with the meditative state, or you may do it the old fashioned way. Meditation has health benefits and can bring peace to your mind.
  2. Eat well: Increase your consumption of fruits and vegetables and decrease your consumption of meat. Citrus fruits are natural mood lifters.
  3. Exercise: Even if you can only do 15 minutes a day, exercise can help elevate your mood.

At John A. White M.D. Obstetrics and Gynecology, LLC, we know that these things may be hard to do, especially when the natural inclination is to give into despair. However, people who are upbeat have a better survival rate and a better quality of life than those who are depressed. Laugh, love, seek counseling and treat yourself to dark chocolate are other ways that can lessen the stress of breast cancer.

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