Helping Others Cope

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About 72,000 young adults in the United States between the ages of 15 and 39 are diagnosed with cancer each year. Coping with cancer isn’t easy, but with help from Yroswell, family and friends, you can get through it.

Helping others cope with cancer also takes time and compassion. If your friend or loved one is suffering, share these seven helpful tips to help them heal:

Tip #1 Don’t be too shy to ask for help
You are not alone. There are millions of young people who know what you are going through, so don’t be afraid to reach out for help. They can lend advice and can give you extra words of encouragement! Counselors, doctors, priests and psychiatrists can do the same.

Tip #2 – Talk openly to your friends and family about your feelings
You may think you can solve all of your problems on your own, but both teens and adults need extra support during tough times. It may be awkward at first, but releasing your emotions may even help you feel better. Find a mutual time and place to pull friends or family aside, and tell them you have something to talk about. You can start the conversation by saying, “Mom/Dad/etc, there have been a few things on my mind. Do you have some time to talk?”

Tip #3 – Take things slowly
Time may seem to pass by slowly and quickly – all at the same time. So, take time out to re-group. Share a laugh with friends, take steady, deep breaths and remain focused. Tough problems don’t have easy answers, but taking one step at a time will help things become easier to manage.

Tip #4 – Stay positive!
Though the future seems uncertain, don’t lose hope. There are over 10 million survivors living in the United States today, and your loved one may soon be one of them! Keeping your mind and body active will help you stay healthier – and happier! Having fun doesn’t mean you care less.

Tip #5 – Join a support group
Support groups are great outlets to share your stories and feelings with other young people. Some meet in person, while others meet online. Sharing emotions can be tough, but teens who have say it was one of the best decisions they ever made.

Tip #6 – Change your outlook on life
Many teens have said that having a loved one with cancer has changed their outlook on life in a positive way. They have grown more responsible, sympathetic and appreciative. Teens learn to appreciate each day to its fullest. Take the time to notice the little things in life, and see if your days become more positive.

Tip #7 – Laugh!
LOL! Being happy keeps you healthier longer, tell some jokes, watch a funny movie or have fun with friends. Laughing will brighten your mood, and will help you feel better about your day.