How do keep from being depressed when you have had cancer?
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Depression can happen to anyone, but for those with cancer in their lives, it can be more prevalent.
How do you keep from being depressed when you have or have had cancer? Who do you talk to? What activities do you do to keep depressing thoughts at bay?
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Lizzi from the Carenity team
I am struggling with the depression aspect of having cancer and would love to hear how y'all are coping...
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@DonnaRobin it's hard I had it twice lost my wife so live alone with no nearby family But Church is important
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I try to keep involved with my family, its easy to shut everyone out. Sometimes I almost feel like I am defective.
I have had throat cancer twice. Being a non smoker this was quite a shock to me.
Speaking from personal experience, I find keeping as busy as you can helps prevent depression. I do light cleaning, run errands, spend time with my mom,. I also help take care if my b/ f. He also got struck with serious health issues. Had to have his leg amputated. He was always there for me, and I love him dearly.
If you dint stay busy and focused, you will have too much time on your hands. Hence depression will set in. Be a fighter, and a warrior like me. By the way, I cant eat or drink by mouth and cant speak. So no quality of life for me. But God kept me alive for a specific reason, which only he knows. I try to help as many people as I can. It 's never easy, but you cant just give up!
I have never taken any anti depressant or anti anxiety medication in my 23 year battle with Cancer. I have also never seen a therapist or psychologist. I'm probably not the norm on this and I'm sure maybe I should have taken medication or seen a therapist. However what has gotten me thru all my trials and tribulations is two main things. First, I have an amazing family and a core group of very good ,long term friends who I've been able to openly talk to about anything that is bothering me or when I feel down. Secondly, I try to find a purpose in my life everyday. I'm fortunate to have a workshop that I can do woodworking, wood carving or even welding. I find purpose some days trying to be the best husband I can be. This is very important because my wife does so much for me. Likewise I try to be the best dad and Papa to my children and grandchildren. There is absolutely no way I can stay down in the dumps when I'm around those kids. Again, I know how fortunate I am to have these two primary ways to not let Cancer get me down. It's worked for me this long, I don't plan on changing any time soon!
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Thomas F Stokes
I've struggled with depression a lot longer than I have had cancer. For me, music is a big help in fighting depression. Whether you make music or fill your house with music from your favorite artists, music makes me MOVE. Even when I'm feeling bad I'm a great chair-dancer!! Lol. It also occupies my mind while I'm singing/screeching.
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