My cancer diagnosis was quite the whirlwind adventure. Hospitalized for a blockage. Surgery a week later when the doctors finally admitted it was cancer. A diagnosis the week after that. I was on pain meds so my thinking wasn’t clear at all but I wanted to share the five things below helped me get through my cancer treatment.
1. The chemo nurses know what they are talking about! A few times I found I got conflicting advice from my oncologist and the nurses. While the doctors advice was more generalized, the nurses are the ones that see the patients every day and they were the ones whose advice helped the most.
2. Don’t wait to take your medications! Whether for pain or nausea, don’t wait. It just makes things worse and you could require medical attention to fix things. I didn’t take the Zofran as often as advised by my nurses (see #1) and as a result ended up in the E.R. for fluids and morphine after the first two chemo treatments.
3. Record everything! I used Evernote on my iPhone to keep track of all my meds and when they were taken. My husband also had access to these records in case I was too ill to communicate myself.
4. Eat! I know it sounds silly and often eating is the last thing I wanted to do but eating usually helped. I was living on saltines and water after the first chemo and that wasn’t enough. No appetite led to an empty stomach which led to nausea and pain. Chicken noodle soup was my go to food along with chex mix and nilla wafers. I drank a lot of camomile tea as well.
5. Don’t google your cancer! I didn’t do it until after I was off chemo and all scans came back clear. That was definitely for the best. It’s hard to have a positive attitude about what your going through when you read all those horrid statistics.
What helped you or a lived one get through cancer? Share in the comments!