Is Work the Cure?
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Good news: a recent study from the Journal of Clinical Oncology shows 72 percent of women diagnosed with breast cancer returned to work with no changes in their schedules.
But before getting back to the routine, it’s helpful to prepare – physically and mentally, says Dr. Paulette Kouffman-Sherman, a clinical psychologist.
She should know. She’s a breast cancer survivor.
Sherman continued to practice psychology and author a book throughout her chemotherapy and radiation treatment. Working helped “bring good energy during a challenging time,” she says.
What was her secret? Meditating in the mornings reduced stress. She also recommends seeking a therapist or support group outside of work and wearing a pretty scarf and/or makeup, if it helps you feel good.
The American Cancer Society suggests speaking with your employer if you plan to return to work, to determine the possibility of having a flexible schedule. Create options for yourself to help ease back into the working world.
Most importantly, Sherman emphasizes the need to stay positive – an attitude that can help maintain your work quality as well as your health.
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