Some days there won’t be a song in your heart. Sing anyway.”
- Emory Austin
CANCER TIPS FOR MEN*
To help strengthen men facing cancer
It’s OK to talk about your cancer. Talking about your feelings and your body is difficult for most of us. But cancer is a disease of isolation, and you don’t have to face it alone.
Find people with whom you feel safe to have that conversation. Obviously your spouse or partner, and close family. Or perhaps your spiritual advisor and closest friends. It helps take away the social stigma of having cancer.
It’s OK to reach out. That means asking your doctor lots of questions. It means having an advocate go with you to appointments and treatments. This also is a challenge for most men since you expect yourself to be strong, and believe asking is a sign of weak ness. But the rewards will give you strength.
Develop or continue diet and exercise routines to maximize your body’s and your spirit’s strengths. Your body has natural healing mechanisms, and diet and exercise will be nourishing. There are activities and books available through your hospital, the American Cancer Society, and the internet as well as other sources.
Build your immune system with acupuncture, yoga, tai chi or qui gong.
Befriend Nature. Go for walks. Sit outside in the sun. Soak in its natural healing power.
*Not intended as medical advice or to guarantee specific effects.