TRUMBULL COUNTY Cancer survivor to speak on coping with disease



HOWLAND -- Edward Leigh, a nationally known motivational speaker and cancer survivor, will offer "Tips on Coping with Cancer" during his presentation Thursday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Avalon Inn.
The event, "Trauma to Triumph: A Gift to the Cancer Survivor Community," is sponsored by Forum Health and is free to the community. It includes refreshments, door prizes and gifts. Seating is limited, and registration is required. Call (800) 842-9727.
Leigh, twice diagnosed with cancer, has appeared on MSNBC and "Today" on NBC.
Leigh's "Tips on Coping with Cancer" include:
ULearn about your disease. The better informed we are the better prepared we can be to deal with the difficulties associated with cancer.
UAvoid having cancer become the center of your life. To fill your life with your cancer is to surrender to it.
UGet moving. Based on your energy level, try to incorporate some physical exercise into your life.
UGet or reactivate hobbies. Cancer can completely overwhelm our lives so we must make an effort to focus on the activities we enjoyed before cancer came into our lives.
UPractice relaxation techniques.
UBegin a journal of your experiences. Writing your experiences is very therapeutic.
UStay hydrated. Cancer itself and the treatments for the disease can cause dehydration, which can be life-threatening.
UReach out to others. Asking for assistance is a way of helping friends and relatives feel useful and important in your life.
USolve problems by identifying them, writing them down, listing your options, listing your pros and cons, choosing a plan, and acting on it with a deadline.

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