I work with cancer survivors every day. If there’s one thing I’m sure of, it’s that cancer makes many things about your life crystal clear, not the least of which is the knowledge that good health is downright precious.
The experience of surviving cancer leaves you weary, grateful, and ready to do whatever it takes to get healthy in every way. Using this moment of clarity to make meaningful change just makes sense.
That’s what you know and want, but you also need to get back to the business of life, back to work, back to taking care of your family, back to everything.
And all of a sudden, your commitment to exercising, eating well, taking care of your body and brain is sitting quietly in the back seat.
But I’m calling shotgun for healthy living right here, right now.
I want everything you’ve been through to serve your life. You deserve to invest in your body and mind, give the time, money, and effort it takes to stay healthy after cancer.
If you’re not convinced, here are three concrete reasons why, besides better physical health, investing in your health and well being after cancer is so worth it!
1. Investing in your health will give you more energy.
Brio Survivor Wellness exists to help cancer survivors derailed by fatigue find vitality through healthy living - and let me tell you - I’m crazy passionate about conquering fatigue after cancer. My heroes are cancer survivors - yes, that’s you - and you’re at great risk of lasting cancer-related fatigue.
As a matter of fact, 90% of cancer patients in treatment have fatigue and 30% have fatigue that lasts a year beyond the end of treatment. And that fatigue causes suffering and I don’t know about you, but human suffering is not my thing.
I hate it, in fact.
You deserve vitality because living out your life the way you choose is why you went through treatment in the first place.
But I’m hopeful.
Medical research has shown, over and over, the greatest improvement in cancer related fatigue comes from practices that lead to good health - not from a magic pill, not from the passage of time, not from rest.
Cancer survivors - you tell me time and again you want your life back after cancer, you want your old energy back. You feel robbed by the treatment that was supposed to SAVE your life.
I’m here to tell you it doesn’t have to be that way.
Invest in your health and you’ll be rewarded with the energy you need to do exactly what you want to do - every day, for the rest of your life.
2. Investing in your health will make you feel calm and focused.
Investing in wellness gives your body what it needs to stay healthy - that’s common knowledge. But did you know it helps your mental health, too?
Again, it’s hopeful - exercise and mindfulness practices are an effective companion to standard mental health therapy.
Just by walking, or by sitting and breathing mindfully, you will feel calm, less depressed and overwhelmed, more resilient, and better able to cope with the stresses of life and those that come with being a cancer survivor.
This is the stuff of “overall well being.” You deserve to get yourself some of that goodness - am I right?
3. Investing in your health with give you the confidence you’re doing everything possible to prevent the cancer from coming back.
This is huge.
You tell me, “I want reassurance it won’t come back.”
You say, “I hate living with the uncertainty.”
OK, I hear you, loud and clear.
Now, you hear this:
Eating well, maintaing a healthy weight, and exercising regularly decrease your chance of the cancer coming back.
Your insurance policy is exercise.
Your insurance policy is eating an anti-cancer diet and avoiding obesity.
You are worth all the money, time, and effort this insurance policy costs.
Yes. You are.
When I talk about wellness after cancer, some survivors say, “I was already doing everything right and I got cancer anyway.”
Yes, that’s right, and you survived.
That’s no coincedence, my friend. You made the investment and it paid off.
Keep investing in yourself. You won’t regret it!
If you want to get started with what Brio has to offer, download Brio’s FREE Morning Checklist for Cancer Survivors with fatigue. It outlines 7 easy changes to make to your morning that will result in more energy in your day - right now. Click the button below and I’ll email the checklist to you.
Take care, Survivor!