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2024-06-18
Emerging from Darkness, Reclaiming Vitality

 

Cancer has always been a formidable disease, and the reason it is so feared is because it carries the threat of death, the patient's fear of the unknown cancer process, and the potential for disability, pain, and physical deformities. This is an extremely difficult marathon race for both the patient and their family, and it often has a huge impact on their quality of life and emotional well-being.

 

The Duchess of Cambridge has also previously shared her personal experience, revealing that cancer can affect the patient's physical and mental state, daily life, and have a significant impact on the family. From the moment of diagnosis, patients and their families face a range of negative emotions, whether it's the symptoms of the cancer itself or the side effects of treatment. If the cancer relapses, patients and their families are even more likely to feel hopeless and lose their sense of self-worth.

 

Negative emotions are a natural part of the experience for patients and their families. Most patients go through a long period of negativity and depression after diagnosis, and we can understand the origin of these emotions. However, it is crucial to remember that emotions have a far greater impact on the disease than we might imagine. Current professional research data indicates that maintaining a positive and optimistic attitude is very helpful for the recovery process and can improve the patient's immune function, survival rate, and alleviate symptoms.

 

As a patient or family member, what can you do?

1. Seek professional support: Seeking psychological counseling or therapy can help patients understand and cope with their emotions, and provide appropriate support and guidance.

2. Exercise and healthy diet: Moderate exercise can help release stress in the body, and a healthy, balanced diet can boost the body's resistance and immunity. Malnutrition is quite common among cancer patients, and according to data from the National Cancer Institute in the US, about 20-40% of cancer patients die from causes related to malnutrition, not the cancer itself. Therefore, adequate nutrition is an essential element in the fight against cancer.

3. Social activities and relaxation techniques: Cancer patients can participate in social activities to divert their attention and build a positive social support system. Practicing deep breathing, meditation, and other relaxation techniques can also help patients stabilize their emotions and reduce stress.

4. Accept the reality and set goals: Patients and their families need to accept the reality of the disease, but they can set simple goals to help maintain their sense of self-worth.

 

According to Dr. Su Yu-jie, a hematologist-oncologist at E-Da Hospital, "Based on clinical trials at E-Da Hospital, drinking Yen Zhi's premium energy drink as a supplementary food can help improve the quality of life for cancer patients who feel fatigued and weak, or even bedridden and unable to care for themselves due to cancer treatment. This can provide significant assistance for the physical and mental well-being of patients and their families."

 

Having cancer is indeed a difficult and lengthy process, and the physical and psychological pressures it places on patients and their families are not easily understood by the general public. This process is full of struggles, and in addition to the professional medical team's assistance, the patient and their family need to work together. Maintaining an open, honest, and mutually supportive attitude will help overcome the challenges.