Accept What You Can’t Control and Slow Down
Most people like being in control of their lives. After a cancer diagnosis, many things can be out of your control, from your everyday routine to changes to your mind and body. This can be difficult for anyone.
Many survivors say that their first reaction is to try taking back control. This meant forcing themselves to do things that were too much.
In retrospect they say the better approach is to: “…Let go of the things you can’t control and control the things you can.” For example, you may not be able to control the changes happening to your body, but you can control what you do with those changes.
Accepting what you can’t control takes time, but letting go of the need for control can help you slow down and allow you to find inner peace. Through letting go, you may start to notice more of what is around you. Survivors explain that simple things they do but often take for granted or little things they look at every day but don’t really "see" or appreciate, become more clear and meaningful.