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During your journey with cancer, be sure to surround yourself with excellent people. Form a

team of people with excellence in knowledge, encouragement, and collecting facts. Spending a significant amount of time with excellent people will help you get the information and support you need as you fight cancer.


Here are some excellent people you want to be part of your battle with cancer.

  • A primary care doctor you like. If you don’t have one, find one. They may need to care for you if you need urgent or hospital care. Do some investigating to find the best fit for you. Look for a doctor who’s knowledgeable, open to answering questions, and willing to follow your breast cancer diagnosis.

  • A nurse navigator. They provide a wealth of information and services to help you understand the cancer diagnosis and treatment process. You need this knowledgeable, caring person in your corner.

  • Close friends. They can listen to you, provide comfort, and help out as needed. Allow your friends to provide meals, watch your kids, and clean your home. They want to support you however you need.

  • A second opinion when needed. If you don’t feel comfortable with what one medical professional suggests, make an appointment to talk with another. You’ll feel more like you’re moving in the right direction on your journey with cancer.


Surround yourself with excellence during your journey with cancer. Include Chix 4 a Cause on your team. Learn more about our Gifts of Love program at chix4acause.org today.


A good rule of living is to prepare for the worst and hope for the best. Focusing on the best possible outcome for any circumstances involves maintaining positive expectations. This is especially important if you receive a cancer diagnosis. Cultivate and keep hope that you will beat the disease.


Focusing on positive thoughts can help you through cancer treatment. The time you spend waiting to see what develops is more productive and pleasant when done with a positive attitude. Live in the moment. Practice gratitude. Breathe. Appreciate the small things.


Keep in mind that the people in your life have your best interests at heart. Even if they don’t know exactly what to say or do, or they can’t relate to having cancer, most people want to help you. Look past their potentially awkward words to the sentiments they were meant to express.


Model a positive outlook for others. Although you won’t always feel happy, display a forward-looking attitude whenever possible. Work on being your best self. Let others help you when needed. Spend more time dwelling on what you have than what you don’t.


Having a positive attitude can make your days of fighting cancer better. If you or someone you know is in need of emotional support during their battle with cancer, get in touch with Chix 4 a Cause. Find out more about our Gifts of Love program at chix4acause.org today.



Almost everyone experiences trauma at some point in their life. When this happens, you do whatever it takes to get through. Of course, this principle applies if you receive a cancer diagnosis. No matter how big or small something may seem, if it helps you cope, be sure to include it as you move forward to better times.


Here are some actions that may gain significant importance as you work your way along a journey with cancer.


If you enjoy being creative, notebooks, pens, markers, and stickers may become emotional anchors. You might decide to journal about your experiences, thoughts, and reflections. Perhaps you carry your notebook to treatments and doctor appointments. You might jot down inspirational quotes that provide motivation to move forward. Or, you could add pictures of family, friends, or favorite destinations you enjoy or want to escape to. Since everything you decide to do is judgement free, do what makes you feel good.


Consider writing down a WHY statement. This can be your reason for pushing along on your journey with cancer. Think about why you’re enduring all the chemotherapy, surgeries, and treatments. In addition to regaining your health, expand on your answer. Cancer treatment is difficult and can take a long time. You may get physically, mentally, and emotionally exhausted. Your body will change as your feelings get tested. Anger, sadness, and fear can result. Having a WHY statement provides encouragement to continue moving forward.


Think about creating a calendar that reflects your cancer treatments, doctor appointments, surgeries, and other scheduled care. Crossing off a round of chemotherapy can be very satisfying. It’s one less thing you have to endure again. You should feel one step closer to being done with treatment every time a task is completed.

Ask for and accept help from family and friends. As independent as you may be, you cannot do everything on your own. This is especially true after surgery, if you have restrictions on how much you can move or lift. Your loved ones will be happy to help however you need. They want the best for you and will do what it takes to help you move forward.


Because everyone’s journey with cancer is different, what helps one person through differs from what helps another person through. This is why Chix 4 a Cause continues to modify the emotional support items included in Gifts of Love Boxes. To learn more about these Boxes, or to have one shipped to someone you care about who’s battling cancer, visit chix4acause.org today.


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