Good article! I'm a 14+ year survivor(female)and still have peripheral neuropathy in my hands and feet. My altered gait has, over the years, resulted in hip problems that are now being treated by a chiropractor and therapeutic massage therapist with some success. I have some balance issues and have to pay special attention to where I am going, like watching each step as I climb or descend stairs since my feet don't "sense" where I am. It's an adjustment that people who haven't experienced the problem just don't understand. My former husband always accused me of being just plain clumsy. Another article with suggested coping mechanisms and/or treatments would be helpful since you have now identified this as a real problem. Thanks!
Agree that this should be published earlier. I'm a 14+ year survivor of inflammatory breast cancer, and although in the past I have tried to let go, I've continued to fall into the trap of trying to create the perfect Christmas. This summer I lost my son, who was my only child. This holiday season I had no desire or will to do much of anything, so I did "Christmas Lite". It actually was a good thing. I spent far more time with friends just enjoying their company, and I don't miss all the elaborate decorations I used to obsess over. I've had a few people over for simple drinks and food, and everyone seems to have enjoyed the time and companionship. Great learning experience!
Great article! Words are so much more important that doctors realize. I am the very fortunate 14+ year survivor of inflammatory breast cancer because I refused to believe in the statistical median survival of 18 months. I recall telling another doctor -- not my oncologist -- about my diagnosis and prognosis. "No one survives this disease in the long term!" His calm response: "Until now." Those became my words to live by. Forget about "When, not if" The chemo will eventually stop working -- "until now". Someone has to be the new record setter. Why not you?