Episode 10: It’s Just Cancer with Sophie Woodcock
The wonderful Sophie Woodcock is here to talk about her experience dealing with a cancer diagnosis and how friends and family can help.Listen on SpotifyListen on Apple Podcasts
Sophie is one of my clients as well as a dear friend, animal rights activist, and cancer survivor. Today, we talk about the psychological and emotional effects of dealing with a cancer diagnosis and how friends and family can support you.
Our observations show that when your friends learn of your condition, around half of them will vanish. Others will step up in surprising ways while the other half will be afraid and flee for their lives. We have discovered that animals are excellent listeners, supporters, and friends when one is confined to one’s house due to illness because we are both animal rescue activists.
Sophie suggests using mindfulness-based treatments to increase both physical and emotional wealth. When given a frightening diagnosis, it’s critical to accept your feelings and come to terms with them. It’s acceptable to have both happiness and sadness. The bad days make you appreciate the happy days even more.
What are Sophie’s top three suggestions for what others can do to support you after receiving a diagnosis?
- Show up and be there. You don’t have to discuss cancer; you may simply watch a movie with them, take them on a drive, or organise a walk. Being rejected makes things worse.
- The word “cancer” should not terrify you. It is only a word. People aren’t scared of the ankle surgery I’m getting, even though it will be much more crippling for me than my cancer has been.
- Include those who are coping with illness, disabilities, heart problems, cancer, or troubles with their mental health. What they are and aren’t capable of should be determined by them.
This podcast episode is titled “it’s only cancer.” And I’m aware that some of you undoubtedly assumed she must be crazy because, well, cancer is a horrible thing. But if there is anything we can take away from this experience, it is that a diagnosis is no more than a label, just like any other term in medicine. A name, that is. Your life is not in it. Sophie and I have had extensive discussions on the fact that the person with cancer is still that person and is not the cancer. Consider them to be the same person you knew before they received their diagnosis.
Rather than waiting until retirement, Sophie’s diagnosis has given her the green light to truly pursue the items on her bucket list, like the trip to Kenya she made last year, and to live each day to the fullest.
Was this episode’s advice on dealing with a cancer diagnosis helpful to you? If so, tell your friends and family as they might find it useful as well!
In the upcoming episode, we’ll discuss nutritional options, including how to feed picky eaters in your family who also need a diversified diet and how to cook balanced meals for everyone in your household.
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