30 June 2017

Caring for Yourself Through Chemo

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Being diagnosed with cancer and going through chemotherapy and other cancer treatments are extremely tough. The fear is real, and the treatment is intense-- but if you want to fight this awful disease, you must get through it as best you can and looking after yourself during treatment will really help you with this.

Here are a few things you should try to do during the period you’re having chemo:

Eat Well--

When you’re going through chemo, it can be really hard to eat anything at all when you’re feeling sick and tired, but it’s important that you make an effort to eat enough calories to maintain your current weight and that you eat healthy balanced meals that contain adequate nutrition to help your body fend off infection and enough protein to help your body repair itself after the treatment. If this is difficult, try eating lots of small snacks throughout the day, rather than three large meals, which it might be difficult for you to get down.

Talk to Someone--

Being diagnosed with cancer is pretty devastating, and it’s fair to say that the process of having chemotherapy is a tough one, which is why it’s important that you have someone you trust to talk to. This could be a friend or family member, or even a counselor. Just make sure that you are getting the support you need in any way you can.

If you think a therapist would be helpful and you are suffering from cancer as the result of negligence in the workplace, hiring a lawyer for benzene cancer, or similar, could assist you in paying for expert help, if you launch a suit against the person(s) responsible, so finding the right mental support doesn’t have to be out of your reach.

Move a Little--

During chemo, you probably won’t feel like going out for a run or hitting the gym, and your body will probably be too weak for that kind of stuff anyway. But if you want to look after yourself and feel as good as you possibly can, you really should move around a bit, even if you just go for a couple of short walks each day.

Obviously, you should check with your doctor before you do anything physical, and try not to push yourself to the limits when your body needs to heal, but other than that, there is no reason not to exercise carefully.

Have Fun--

You might be going through what is probably the most difficult time in your life, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t still have some fun! In fact, having a positive mindset, doing the activities you love, whether that’s a favorite hobby, a trip to the movies, or dinner with friends, and having a few special treats now and then will be of great benefit to you because it will help to keep your stress levels down at a time when you really need to be calm and well-rested.

Have you been through chemotherapy? What helped you to get through the treatment in a healthier way? 

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