Establishing Your Priorities

A cancer diagnosis can quickly change your perspective. Establishing what’s important to you and what’s not—even if it was before your diagnosis—can be an important part of the healing process. Having a plan and setting priorities can help guide your daily actions and keep you less stressed and overwhelmed.

Here are some questions to consider as you prioritize your life during your cancer treatment and into survivorship:

  • What relaxes you and makes you feel the most like your authentic self?
  • Who helps you feel the most comfortable? The most positive? Who empowers you to feel great about yourself and your situation?
  • What activities do you enjoy the most when you are at your strongest? What activities do you enjoy the most when you really slow down?
  • What makes you the happiest?
  • What makes you feel the best about yourself?
  • What changes can you make at home, work, or elsewhere to create the most supportive environment possible?
  • What activities make you feel the most renewed and empowered? How can you integrate these activities into your daily, weekly, or monthly routine?
  • What do you want to focus less on during and/or after your treatment? How can you ensure you are able to do this?