Tips From Survivors
Here are some of our favorite tips from cancer survivors:
Feeling Stressed and Overwhelmed? Try Yoga
Yoga has been shown to help people in treatment for breast cancer by relieving stress and fatigue and improving energy levels, sleep, quality of life, and mood. There are yoga instructors that specialize in working with people with breast cancer. As always, please be sure to consult with your medical team before starting any exercise regimen.
Keep Your Bones Strong
We all need to be on the lookout for osteoporosis, and even more so as people living with cancer. Chemotherapy and other cancer treatments may actually increase the risk of osteoporosis. Cancer survivors can lower this risk by quitting smoking, limiting alcohol intake, making sure to eat foods rich in calcium and vitamin D, and exercising. Weight-bearing exercise has been shown to improve bone health and decrease bone density loss. Try exercising for at least 30 minutes three times a week for maximum impact.
What to Do If Your Eyelashes Fall Out
Most likely you will lose your brows during chemo or after surgery. Be prepared with a good pencil that will create the illusion of brows even when you don't have any.
Hold Off on Buying New Bras
You probably want to be prepared as possible before you go into the hospital for surgery, but be sure to ask your breast surgeon and plastic surgeon what kind of bra (if any) they recommend for recovery. Don't rely on the information you read on the internet or on message boards. Different procedures require different types of bras, and some doctors have specific preferences. When you have a sense of what you'll need, check out the resources below.
Stock Up on Food and Other Supplies
Make sure your refrigerator and cupboards are full before you go to the hospital. Try to get enough for a couple of weeks of easy to prepare meals and staples. Focus on whole foods and those high in fiber, as you may be constipated. And if you feel overwhelmed, make a list! Also, talk to your medical team about any other supplies you will need when you get home, and get those as well.
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