The Power of Self-Management (Springboard Beyond Cancer)

The Power of Self-Management (Springboard Beyond Cancer)


[Joya Harris,
breast cancer survivor] So the thing about cancer is
that it really just — a diagnosis just
rocks your world. So to be able to do anything, to have any resource that
helps you take the power back, is so empowering and helpful. And it gives you an
opportunity to think about what you might need to do,
questions to ask your doctor, or doctors, and really
be your own best advocate. When it comes to cancer,
there are many issues you may be dealing with,
which can feel overwhelming. [Corrine Leach, PhD
MPH Strategic Director, Cancer and Aging Research
American Cancer Society] Your health care team
is there to help you, but you are the expert
of your own health. There are active steps you can
take to self-manage your health. Self-management may
seem like a new idea, but you are doing
this every day. Whether it’s the choices
for fitting in exercise into your day, or
getting to bed on time, it is taking control of
your health by doing small behaviors each day that add
up to make a big difference. Today, we will walk through five steps you can
use to take action. First: Identify the
issues most concerning to you, and then identify goals that
will help you manage them. For example, your goal
may be to improve the quality of your sleep. Second: Create a plan
to achieve your goals. Each goal should
have its own plan. If you are having trouble
sleeping, going to bed and waking up at the same time
every day can help improve the quality of your sleep. Third: Think about possible
challenges you may have and how to overcome them. For example, if you have a hard
time going to bed at night, try a wind-down ritual
of taking a hot shower or light reading for 30 minutes
before getting into bed, to prepare your
body for sleep. Fourth: Monitor your progress. We recommend setting a
consistent time during the day to check in with yourself. You may want to keep
track of your progress in a journal, chart, or
on your calendar or phone. Finally, reassess. Ask yourself, what
has worked well and what other steps might get
you closer to your goal? [Joya] My goal was to take it step by
step and day by day. The self-management tools like
Springboard help empower people. Simply, as the name implies,
they help you take the power back, it helps you to become
more informed, help you to know — have a better idea of maybe
what questions to ask, what questions to ponder yourself
and really look more into. And really just be your
own best advocate. [Corrine] We built Springboard Beyond
Cancer to give people like you the tools you need to take
control of your health during and after cancer. We invite you to explore,
start setting your own goals, and get healthy. [Springboard beyond cancer]

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