Thursday, 18 June 2009
Pages 18 - 22
‘Cancer – 50 Essential Things to Do’ is a book by Greg Anderson which I used as a guide to journal what I needed to work through in the immediate aftermath of being diagnosed with Stage 4 Inflammatory Breast Cancer in February, 2006. I was trying to figure out a way to encourage myself while at the same time find strength to get through the treatments.
Quotes from the book will be in italics.
Believe in Your Treatment Program (13):
It is my personal responsibility to believe in my treatment program.
*I saw those chemicals as a great healing agent, something coming into my body to make me well. I welcomed my chemotherapy with open arms.
Develop a confidence and an excited belief in my treatment program.
*Nadalene made me feel so much better about the blood transfusion by saying “Think of each drop of blood as the donor’s prayers that the person receiving their blood is getting healthy.” Too true.
*Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey towards it, casts the shadow of our burden behind us.
Overcome Nausea (14):
Make sure you eat something before chemo.
Limit liquids with meals. But lots of liquids at other times.
Toast (dry); popcorn; crackers.
Avoid sweet foods; greasy foods; spicy foods.
Do not lie down for two hours after eating.
Take slow deep breaths through your mouth.
Place a cool washcloth over your eyes.
Get distracted; do imagery, relaxation.
Make the Most of Your Appointments (15):
When you want information; ask for it. Don’t wait for it to be volunteered; because it won’t be. You need to stay informed.
You have the right to bring a list of questions to every medical appointment. Don’t feel rushed. Get answers.
Remember that your health care team are not mind readers.
*Your ability to ask questions is one of your most significant points of power.
*Get in the habit of expressing your sincere gratitude to your medical team. Remember, they are people who respond to you just as you respond to them.
Acts of appreciation to health care team as individuals: doctors, nurses, volunteers. Cards, flowers, coffee.
Monitor Your Progress (16):
It is uplifting to know you are making progress. But even a report that is less encouraging can have a positive side. It should lead you and your doctor to consider other forms of treatment. Many exist.
Ask the doctor how and when she will check the progress of my treatment?
Live Well (17):
*Lifestyle is critical in the survival journey. Lifestyle issues are a matter of intentional choice.
Wellness recognizes and acts on the fact that everything one thinks, says, does, feels, and believes has an impact on one’s well-being.
Your mental, emotional, and spiritual health has a powerful effect on your well-being.
*Although wellness may be obscured by illness, it is a matter of personal choice whether wellness will be destroyed by illness. It is possible to discover high-level wellness in the very midst of life-threatening illness.
On my way to wellness I will eat three vegetables and fruit every day.
I will live life at a new and higher level of wellness no matter what.
Operate Under New Assumptions (18):
The medical team are my healing partners.
Pain and illness are messages to value and act upon.
Mind and emotions are a major factor in health.
Body, mind, and spirit form one unit and always affect each other.
Schedule Your Wellness (19):
*All important tasks demand a schedule. And there is no more important work in my life right now than the work of getting well again.
Getting well is my new top priority.
I need a major lifestyle shift.
*artwork by Kelly Vivanco