Every new year, millions of Americans resolve to be better than the year before. This year, we wanted to hear unique perspectives on resolutions from women with breast cancer. We asked over 2,750 women on MyBCTeam, a social network for women facing breast cancer, what their new year’s resolution would be in 2013. Their resolutions had three themes: healthier lifestyle habits, attitudes toward life and others, and more attention to one’s surroundings.
Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions for 2013 By Women Facing Breast Cancer
- I will help other women who’ve been recently diagnosed.
- I will improve my eating habits. (ACS recommends achieving a dietary pattern that is high in vegetables, fruits, and whole grains).
- I will find inner peace in life with, or after, breast cancer.
- I will incorporate exercise into my daily habit.
(ACS recommends 150 minutes of exercise/week)
- I will not worry about the little things.
- I will understand and remove stressors from my life.
- I will be a part of a strong social network for emotional, social, and informational support.
(New research published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology indicates that having a strong social support system in the first year following a breast cancer diagnosis can mean a higher survival rate and reduced chance for cancer recurrence.)
- I will stop to ‘smell the roses’ more.
- I will focus on creating a happy home life.
- I will advocate for issues surrounding breast cancer.
While you can’t really control illness, many of the resolutions above are certainly ones to help women regain a personal sense of control over their lives after cancer. Are you a woman who is facing breast cancer in 2013, or who did in 2012? Do you have a new year’s resolution this year? Is it listed above? If not, what is it? Share it with others on www.MyBCTeam.com today.