Going through cancer is enough to make anyone angry. In fact, anger is the first emotion most people feel after their diagnosis. But anger can crop up at any time during your treatment and recovery.
Anger over your cancer is nothing to be ashamed of. After all, cancer has disrupted your life. You likely feel some anger over how individuals reacted to your news of having cancer. You may ask yourself why you have the disease, causing even more anger and frustration. Anger even stems from your symptoms, treatment side effects, sleep problems, fatigue, pain and nausea.
Sometimes you need to feel your anger. Do not try to keep it all inside. That leads to extreme stress and even depression. Do not deal with your anger in harmful ways, such as by drinking, abusing drugs or yelling at others. Instead, express your anger in healthy ways, including:
When you let your anger overcome you, you may need therapy for help. This therapy takes many forms, so you can choose the one you are most comfortable with: individual counseling, group therapy, art therapy or other types. In therapy you learn about your anger, how to express yourself constructively and how to cope with anger and other negative feelings.
Remember to keep an open line of communication with your treatment team regarding side effects and emotional well-being. How you feel plays a significant role in your cancer recovery and return to a healthy, happy life. When you realize you need help, support or guidance during and after cancer treatment, talk to your doctor for that help.