As Independence Day approaches, we reflect on a deeply held American value; freedom. Freedom represents the country’s founding and demonstrates the strength associated with the pursuit of our founding fathers. What may have begun with freedom from the Church of England and colonial rule, its pivotal force exudes into all areas of our lives as Americans. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness guaranteed by The Declaration of Independence allow for nothing- not a disease, nor a prognosis to take those qualities away.
As a cancer patient or survivor, striving for independence from cancer and the feelings of melancholy and grief that follow can be an intentional action towards a greater sense of freedom and liberty. The fears and anxieties that accompany cancer may be present no matter what treatment path follows. Doctor appointments, scans, anniversaries of diagnosis, or aches and pains can all trigger the feeling of vulnerability. Grief is lonely. That’s why we are a community-based cancer center that stays readily available and dedicated to providing each patient with a unique path to treatment and unmatched support. We are there for each and every patient to discuss any issues that they may have. Cutting-edge and personalized cancer treatment plans provide a clear path with peace of mind knowing that attentive, warm, and caring staff are always available to help you.
Our comprehensive services embody all of the elements necessary for self-care; physical, emotional, social, and spiritual. We are here to guide you and your family every step of your journey. Our holistic approach helps provide you resources for a healthy body, mind, and soul. There are many at-home practices you can follow as well.
- Physical- Sleep, stretching, walking, healthy food, yoga, rest.
- Emotional- Stress and emotional management, forgiveness
- Social- Support systems, boundaries, communication, time together, asking for help
- Spiritual- Self-reflection, meditation, nature, journaling
As you stand against your fears, acknowledging them but refusing to let them take control, consider the power of your own mind. Don’t dwell on what you cannot do but all of the new interests, hobbies, and people you will discover. Exploring yourself to the fullest capabilities from your goals, connections, memories, and above all, love. Loving yourself. Being yourself.
Living with cancer means living each day with the determination to hold the American founding fathers to the end of their bargain. So enjoy yourself on this 4th of July. Practice self-care through mindful indulgences. Arrive at your celebration with a grounded sense of purpose and self-value. Snack on fruits and vegetables, drink plenty of water, protect your skin with sunscreen, and most importantly, take it easy and rest when you need to. By doing so you can declare your independence from distress and enhance your quality of life.
Conquering together in this battle for freedom from cancer with preventative action.