Coping with Cancer

By: Jessica Aspiras Email
By: Jessica Aspiras Email

Paulette Beckwith was diagnosed with breast cancer last August.
After undergoing a lumpectomy, she is now on her final rounds of chemotherapy.

"You need all the support you can get. You need it from family. You need it from friends. You need it from the medical society. You need it from God. You need it from church."

"Initially they feel very I wouldn't say distraught. They're restless. They're tired. They lose their hair. They're not as active."

Radiologist Dr. Lewis Jones says women and men often become depressed after being diagnosed with cancer. That's why he says it's important to continue on despite the diagnosis.

"If a woman can get involved in everyday things, keep her mind off that situation, it's going to be better for her."

"You have to keep living or your don't have a real sense that you're fighting. No matter how tired you get, you've got to keep fighting because you know you're alive and you're living."

And it's with the help of her family and friends that Beckwith's able to push forward. Because she knows she can't do it on her own.

"You leave the life you once had and you start a new one. And just like children need support to start a new life, cancer patients need that because it's a new life."

Both Ingham Regional Medical Center and Sparrow Hospital have cancer support groups available.

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