When people experience major life changes, they often want to talk with someone who’s gone through something similar. Connecting with someone else who can relate and provide guidance can provide tremendous feelings of support and comfort. Knowing that the person isn’t going through a life-altering experience alone can help them come through the experience with much better outcomes than if they remained solo along their journey. This is why it’s so important for people who survived cancer to think about becoming mentors those battling the disease.

If you are a cancer survivor, here are some reasons to consider becoming a mentor for someone who has the same type of cancer you did. One-on-one support is vital during an overwhelming diagnosis with cancer. Whereas medical professionals can take care of a person’s physical needs, you can help with their psychological and emotional needs. Providing empathy from firsthand experience lets you assist someone else facing tough questions and unknowns just as you had to. As a mentor, you can provide this person with

information, compassion, and hope.

Talking with someone who’s “been there” can provide a world of good. Although medical professionals can provide facts and scientifically based opinions on cancer-related issues, many cannot relate to what their patients are experiencing. Although everyone’s journey with cancer is different, there may be similarities between your experience and what someone else with a similar type of cancer is experiencing. Perhaps you experienced a rare, lesser known side effect of treatment and happen to come across someone else who’s experiencing a similar side effect. As a mentor, you can provide help and hope that this person otherwise might not have.

Becoming a mentor to someone with cancer doesn’t require much training. You simply need a strong desire to help others, be positive, foster open communication, and remain honest. Relay small bits of information at a time so the person can absorb what’s being said without being overwhelmed. Prepare to repeat the information often, and patiently answer lots of questions. Be sure to establish boundaries up front. Include your availability, how often you expect to meet, for what length of time, what your role will include and exclude, and the best way to contact you.

As a survivor, think about becoming a mentor for someone fighting cancer. You have the credibility of knowing what battling cancer is like and can sincerely empathize about the journey. Plus, you can use what you learned from your own experiences to advocate for someone else to have a potentially better outcome than they otherwise might not.

As part of your mentoring process, consider talking about Chix 4 a Cause with the person who has cancer. Learn more about our Gifts of Love program at today.

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Daily exercise is important for everyone. This includes people who are actively fighting cancer or in survivorship. Exercise can provide a range of benefits, such as easing nausea, fatigue, and other side effects of treatment.

Find out how exercise can improve the quality of life for people fighting cancer or in survivorship.

Exercise During Cancer Treatment

Exercise can help manage nausea, fatigue, constipation, and other side effects of cancer treatment. Because exercise helps our minds and bodies work together better, it also can improve body image. Since people battling cancer might gain or lose weight, lose their hair, feel tired a lot, and have other adverse experiences, they tend to view themselves in a less positive light. Exercise can help these people become more aware of the bodies they inhabit and gain a stronger sense of control over what’s happening to them, which may lead to better outcomes.

Exercise During Survivorship

Exercise can help alleviate fatigue, nausea, weight management, and other issues during survivorship as well. It also addresses bone health for people who lost bones or are taking medication that takes away their bone density. Plus, exercise addresses muscle mass that helps keep bodies at the right weight to improve body image.

Exercise during cancer treatment and survivorship can act as medicine for the body. In a related manner, Chix 4 a Cause’s Gifts of Love program can act as salve for the soul. If you or someone you know is fighting cancer, get in touch with us. Learn more about our program at today.

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Many COVID-19 restrictions finally are easing up. However, if you’re fighting cancer or in remission, you still may be spending more time at home than other people. Faced with ongoing social isolation, you might be feeling the increased urge to snack during the day. If this is the case, you want to stock your pantry with healthy foods to stay well during the pandemic and beyond.

From sweet to savory, here are some suggestions for nutritious snacks to keep in your home throughout your journey with cancer.

Choose snacks high in fiber and protein. They will keep you satisfied longer so you’re less likely to come back or overindulge. Examples include nuts, Greek yogurt, berries, muesli, and granola.

Peanut butter is a healthy option. Try it on celery, apples, whole wheat crackers, or a banana.

Include veggies in your snack options. A Caprese salad with tomato, mozzarella, and basil is a delicious choice. Cottage cheese or ricotta cheese can be mixed with honey, vanilla, and a bit of cinnamon for a different flavor. You gain much more protein from this sweet snack than you would from ice cream.

Make smoothies in smaller portions. Include greens with a lot of omegas, such as avocadoes or hemp seeds. Make your smoothies calorie dense or light, depending on your needs. Get creative with the fruits and vegetables you add.

Fighting cancer requires emotional support from others. If you or someone you know is battling the disease, contact Chix 4 a Cause. Find out more about our Gifts of Love program at today.

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