The survival rate for some adult cancers is now as high as 70%. This means more people than ever are given a chance to move on after a battle with the disease. This was not true even as recently as twenty years ago when the survival rate was much lower.

But moving on after such a traumatic event is a challenge.

Here are a few suggestions to help you move on with life:

Accept change

Don’t expect things to go back to exactly how they were before. Both your physical body and emotional health have been through a hard battle. Understand that though life will be good again – it will also be different. Your outlook on life will never be the same.

Get support

Join groups where you can meet with others who are going through the same situation. Talk to the American Cancer Society to find local groups.

cookingEat healthy

Cancer is caused by many factors. But there’s no doubt that that a diet packed with preservatives and chemicals affects health in many negative ways. To maintain your health pack your diet with nutritious foods such as protein and fresh veggies and fruit.

Exercise

As soon as your doctor says it safe, an exercise program is good way to improve both your physical and mental health. Start with walking three or four times a week. Movement will help release endorphins that work as natural anti-depressants.

Journal

Some people find that writing about their journey and chronicling their feelings helps them get through tough times.

Creative pursuits

Find ways to channel emotions by taking on creative projects. Consider learning to play an instrument, write poetry, or learn to paint or sketch. This can help occupy your mind with something positive while releasing emotions into your work.

guiltRelease guilt

It may be hard to