Mental Health for Cancer Warriors & Survivors

At SurvivorNet, we believe treating the whole person is imperative for success, so we’ve gathered best-in-class information on how to manage mental health challenges as a cancer patient or survivor.

Strong In Cancer: Dr. Marianna Strongin On Relationships

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  • Relationship Tip 1:  There is nothing wrong to show our emotions to children as long as we remain calm and give them a sense of safety.
  • Relationship Tip 2: Caregivers are so focused on caring that they may not realize their attempt to help can feel like pressure to patients.
  • Relationship Tip 3: Studies have found that strong relationships can become stronger under pressure.

Strong In Cancer: Dr. Marianna Strongin On Relationships

  • Relationship Tip 1:  There is nothing wrong to show our emotions to children as long as we remain calm and give them a sense of safety.
  • Relationship Tip 2: Caregivers are so focused on caring that they may not realize their attempt to help can feel like pressure to patients.
  • Relationship Tip 3: Studies have found that strong relationships can become stronger under pressure.

Strong in Cancer: Dr. Marianna Strongin on Self Esteem and Body Acceptance

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  • Self Esteem Tip 1: RAIN. RECOGNIZE, pause to notice; ALLOW,  accept your current experience; INVESTIGATE, pinpoint what is happening in your mind and body; NURTURE, bring compassion to yourself.
  • Self Esteem Tip 2:  Create rituals that allow you to better accept your cancer journey.
  • Self Esteem Tip 3 : Be patient with your healing during this time.

Strong in Cancer: Dr. Marianna Strongin on Self Esteem and Body Acceptance

  • Self Esteem Tip 1: RAIN. RECOGNIZE, pause to notice; ALLOW,  accept your current experience; INVESTIGATE, pinpoint what is happening in your mind and body; NURTURE, bring compassion to yourself.
  • Self Esteem Tip 2:  Create rituals that allow you to better accept your cancer journey.
  • Self Esteem Tip 3 : Be patient with your healing during this time.

Strong In Cancer: Dr. Marianna Strongin on Treatment Anxiety

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  • Anxiety Tip 1: Create an internal dialogue that connects your body and mind to feel more in control.
  • Anxiety Tip 2: Use the “3-3-3 Rule:” Name three things you see, list three things you hear and move three parts of your body.
  • Anxiety Tip 3: We have three states of mind-  emotional, reasonable and wise. Use the reasonable mind when making hard decisions.

Strong In Cancer: Dr. Marianna Strongin on Treatment Anxiety

  • Anxiety Tip 1: Create an internal dialogue that connects your body and mind to feel more in control.
  • Anxiety Tip 2: Use the “3-3-3 Rule:” Name three things you see, list three things you hear and move three parts of your body.
  • Anxiety Tip 3: We have three states of mind-  emotional, reasonable and wise. Use the reasonable mind when making hard decisions.

Survivor Stories: Navigating Treatment and Mental Health

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  •  It is important to destigmatize mental health by creating safe environments for those who are struggling.
  •  When the world is in turmoil, focus on controlling your reaction to what’s happening around you.
  • People going through cancer need the comfort of knowing their friends, loved ones and community are there for them.

Survivor Stories: Navigating Treatment and Mental Health

  •  It is important to destigmatize mental health by creating safe environments for those who are struggling.
  •  When the world is in turmoil, focus on controlling your reaction to what’s happening around you.
  • People going through cancer need the comfort of knowing their friends, loved ones and community are there for them.
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