Women who are diagnosed with cancer approach treatment in a variety of ways. Many type-A women, who have spent their lives charging ahead and taking control, want to manage their treatment, defiant and determined to conquer it. Other women are more comfortable following the treatment protocols prescribed by their oncologist. Regardless of the approach, everyone is flooded with emotions from the moment of diagnosis through remission. Most women feel the need to care for those around them during these times. They want to protect loved ones from the reality of cancer treatment and the mental and physical effects it can have. Afterall, that’s what women do. We are the protectors and caregivers. We are the ones who take care of everyone around us before taking care of ourselves. We’ve done this for so long that it’s what we know. What most women don’t realize, is that during treatment, self-care is the best way to care for others. Never forget the importance of self-care when fighting cancer.
Take Care of Yourself First. . .
Elaine Gibson is a cancer survivor and I ran across a video she posted to YouTube. In it, she tells us how important it is to take care of yourself first. She says, “The only way to truly take care of the people I love, is by taking care of myself. It feels selfish but the greatest gift we can give to the people we love, is to get better.” Here is the video:
Donna Mansbart, a skincare and haircare professional, is the owner of NOSI Skincare.