Having so many operations during this cancer journey and coping with so many general anesthetics crammed into such a short space of time—you really need to approach this as you would a job. What are all these tests and what do they do? Understanding this complicated process and being prepared makes it a whole lot easier.
Sometimes it can feel so surreal when you are coping with cancer and hard to deal with all the small things that when compounded have a profound effect on our everyday life. Here, through my experience, I tell of how I navigated through these feelings and situations. To this day, almost 4 years from diagnosis I still find myself in similar situations.
Is treatment for substantially enhancing your recovery from cancer sitting in your medicine chest? There are many "Off Label" drugs - drugs that have become generic and therefore inexpensive that substantially enhance recovery from cancer. Why do you not know about it? Because there is no money to be made from it by the pharmaceutical companies.
Have you just had a cancer diagnosis? How do you tell your children, spouse or partner. Better still, how do you tell friends, schools and co-workers? At the same time as dealing with this roller-coaster of emotions you have to remember about others close to you. They will be suffering too.
Do you ever have a niggling feeling that something isn't right medically? Are you chronically tired for no reason? Has your Doctor often ignored these complaints and put it down to the stress of modern day living? Well, if this resonates with you, then read on. You could save your life.
Being given a "Do and Don't" list when visiting my dying friend may sound strange but was possibly one of the most helpful things to receive. It not only put my friend at ease, but also me. Visiting dying loved ones is traumatic and devastating, but knowing how to behave with that person makes it an easier experience for all.
In this time of constant motion, running at full speed, being permanently on call, and losing our Sundays – it is no wonder we are stressed. Many studies show that there is indeed a connection between stress and cancer. Learning to manage stress is not difficult but it does require discipline.
Acknowledgement is key to emotional well-being for cancer patients. Please, please acknowledge the situation! You can do this in many different ways. By acknowledging, you are immediately removing the “elephant from the room” and it only takes a few seconds!