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Getting Through Cancer Treatments

BY Annie Achee President National Leiomyosarcoma Foundation
PUBLISHED September 14, 2016

When you have had a chance to get back on track after a treatment therapy regimen, but may not still feel like yourself, try to get your strength back by slowly  building energy through an activity that can refresh, if you are able, especially as it relates to your psyche between treatment regimens such as chemotherapy cycles.

Fatigue, changes in skin, nails, loss of calcium in bones, swelling (lymphedema), nerve pain, tingling, numbness, changes in cognition (a neuropsychologist can help),  most all of this gradually can improve to some degree. 

Physical therapy can greatly benefit cancer patients who are struggling with post-treatment complications. It is all about improving quality of life to help work through residual side effects with issue such as peripheral neuropathy and lymphedema. Stimulating the lymph system with message and range of motion exercises to reduce swelling and address orthopedic changes from treatment may help.

It is never too late to improve quality of life and regain independence and emotional wellbeing as a result, and thrive.

"Still the mind" -  Focus on living best during chemo through having dominant thoughts of  positive energy  through meditation and positive mental imagery.  Keeping a journal of how you are feeling.  You may eventually refer back to your journal to see how far you have come since that first journal entry.  

You will get through this. As hard as it may seem at the time, you can make it.  You have family and friends around you to support the goal of "making it through." 

Your positive attitude can also be a great inspiration to others as well, especially if you are in a support group, but also your friends and family who are there to support you, will feel your strength and courage through your positive attitude.  As a caregiver,  I have witnessed this, felt it, experienced it.  It is real.  You can make it happen. You have the POWER.  


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