Taking Care of You

Taking Care of You

Focusing On Yourself


When living with ovarian cancer and also while in

remission, it is important to remember to identify your strengths, outline your needs, and develop goals that can help keep you on track. Understanding what drives you and what you want to accomplish can help make your days brighter and more productive.

 

Beginning a new normal

How to focus on yourself while living with recurrent ovarian cancer

Taking the steps below can help you maintain a positive outlook.


Stay healthy

Regular physical activity, a healthy diet, and adequate rest can help improve both your health and mood.

  • Work with your doctor to develop a healthy diet and exercise plan
  • Listen to your body and rest when you feel the need.
  • Stay hydrated and get plenty of sleep at night
Staying healthy, eating right and exercising is very important while living with ovarian cancer

Reach Out

You don’t have to try to manage your treatment and feelings alone. Develop a support team that can help you along the way by reaching out to:

  • Family and friends
  • Other cancer patients (through online forums, ovarian cancer events, patient advocacy groups, etc.)
  • Advocacy groups, which provide:
    • Emotional support
    • Education for you and care partner(s)
    • Financial assistance
    • Connection to other women living with ovarian cancer
    • Information on clinical trials
Find support for ovarian cancer from your family, community and healthcare team

Honor Your Feelings

Living with recurrent ovarian cancer can make you feel a variety of emotions: frustration, sadness, guilt, happiness, and exhaustion, to name a few. Give yourself permission to feel your emotions.

  • Remember that feelings don’t define who you are. You are in control. What matters is how you choose to deal with your feelings
  • Pay close attention to your feelings and recognize what triggers them. This will help you better understand these feelings should they arise again
  • Make sure to reach out to your support system: stay in close contact with your support group, care partner, and HCP and let them know how you’re feeling
Honor your feelings and permit yourself to feel your emotions

Be Resilient

This is not an easy thing to do, by any means. However, taking steps to find your new normal after experiencing a setback or tough situation is invaluable when fighting ovarian cancer.

  • When you’re feeling down or when things don’t go as planned, it’s important to let yourself feel whatever emotions arise
  • However, after you’ve honored your feelings, it is equally important to get back into your normal routine and continue taking care of yourself
Take these steps to resilient in face of ovarian cancer