Chemotherapy is never easy. Even at its least impactful, you’re living with a cancer diagnosis and some serious unknowns, which is just plain challenging.
Fortunately, there are some tricks to coping with chemo – ranging from the foods you eat, to the toolkit you arm yourself during, and after, chemotherapy appointments.
Here are some of the tips, actions and ideas our patients have found helpful as they coped with chemo on their way to beating cancer.
Every body, mind, perspective and outlook are different – and that means that you experience chemo individually, even within the collective of other patients. Get in touch with the attitudes, challenges, perspectives, feelings and physical effects YOU experience around chemo, and then find your best method for handling each one.
This isn’t a time for taking care of others, taking advice you don’t want (or using support tools you don’t need) to make other people feel journey. This is your time to own your own journey, and feel 100% confident embracing it in the ways that feel best.
Patients often find the chemo and/or the flushes used afterwards leave a bad taste in their mouth. Not only is this unpleasant, a bad taste in your mouth can tip you over into the realm of nausea. Keeping your favorite hard candies, mints or chewing gum on hand will help.
Sleep is imperative for healing, and sleep is especially crucial when you’re healing in the midst of a treatment that wreaks it fair share of havoc on your system. If you have young children at home, begin establishing a new routine, with everyone taking on new responsibilities (and enlist help from friends and family!!!!) so you can go to bed early and sleep later than usual as much as possible.
You need help. This may be an individual journey – but it’s not a solo journey (there’s a difference!). All those friends and family who say, “Just let us know if you need anything….” should be given specific tasks to do. They’ll relish in the ability to shower you with love and assistance in a way that calls to them.
Ask for help with:
These are such simple ways for others to support you and your family – and they will have immeasurable benefits when it comes to you resting, relaxing and knowing everyone is taken care of.
It’s time to nourish your body and soul like you’ve never done before – in the form of nutritious foods, exercise and healthy, loving energy.
The team at Palouse Specialty Physicians is rooting for you, and we’re here to help. Let us know if you’re experiencing negative side effects and we’ll do what we can to support you.
Published on April 18, 2018