How I Deal With My Lynch Syndrome Diagnosis


Living with a hereditary cancer diagnosis, it is crucial that I prioritize my physical and mental health.

cartoon drawing of blogger, Georgia Hurst

I have found that prioritizing self-care is crucial for nurturing my emotional well-being with Lynch syndrome. Engaging in activities that bring me joy and relaxation — such as mindfulness, exercise, reading and tending to my plant jungle — provides a much-needed respite from its challenges. Walking in the woods with my dog and practicing Shinrin-yoku, known as forest bathing, are particularly enjoyable.

Seeking out the best medical care possible has been crucial in helping me maintain my health and identifying issues before they become problematic, which helps lessen my anxiety surrounding Lynch syndrome. Going to Mayo Clinic and undergoing frequent scopes and scans by doctors well-versed in Lynch syndrome gives me much hope and solace.

Being proactive with my daily health has been important throughout my Lynch journey. Taking control of my health by exercising, maintaining my weight and eating well is essential and helps me feel like I can control some aspects of my life. Taking a high dose of aspirin daily for the past decade has helped keep colon polyps away. Please talk to your doctor if aspirin could be appropriate for you.

My brother has been diagnosed with cancer three times, and I have found this overwhelming and disconcerting. It has been essential for me to recognize when professional help is needed. Mental health professionals have been invaluable to me in providing guidance and support in managing the emotional impact of Lynch syndrome. They have helped me develop coping mechanisms, address anxiety and depression, andprovide a safe space to express my feelings.

I have found that having Lynch Syndrome can be isolating, but connecting with friends, family or support groups can offer understanding and empathy. Sharing my experiences and hearing from others facing similar challenges can be empowering. Several resources are available for individuals navigating Lynch syndrome and its emotional impact. Some of my favorites include Lynch Syndrome Ireland, Genetic Support Foundation, Cancer Support Communities and online communities like Inspire or Smart Patients. It is also crucial for me to refrain from engaging in this space too much — it is essential to strike a balance.

Mindfulness practices, such as meditation or deep breathing exercises, help me calm my mind and reduce anxiety. Incorporating stress reduction techniques like yoga or breathwork, and blogging for, provides an outlet for processing emotions and fostering resilience.

Living with Lynch syndrome can be challenging, but prioritizing self-care, seeking professional support, connecting with others, and practicing mindfulness and stress reduction techniques have helped me manage the emotional impact of this condition.

Remember that you are not alone, and resources are available to support you.

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