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Taking care of yourself during treatment

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Going through cancer treatment can be very difficult on both one’s mind and body. Keeping up energy levels and staying positive are often challenges.  So it’s important to take extra care of yourself during treatment. This month we asked our community members and Facebook fans to share ways they take care of their bodies during cancer treatment. Here’s what they told us.

Struggling with depression
The emotional and mental toll that comes with a cancer diagnosis and treatment can make it difficult to stay motivated about taking care of oneself. Community member Heathercook shared her struggle with depression, saying: “When you are depressed, it’s difficult to want to get up and move. I.E. exercise, eating properly. I don’t even want to get off the couch because of the depression.”

Other community members responded to let Heathercook know she was not alone. One member, journeys, also spoke about struggling with bouts of depression, which made it hard to take proper care during months of treatment.

“The only (thing) that helped me was forcing myself to do things that would lift my mood a bit, and reaching out to talk to people who understood. That lifted me enough to take more steps,” journeys wrote.

Achieving small victories
DanielleDL shared that she has many days when she doesn’t have the motivation, energy or desire to do any of the “right” things to take care of herself, such as eating well or exercising.  

“But then there are days where I do one little thing, I go for a walk, or I eat some veggies (instead of junk food), or I manage to drink a whole glass of water. Those are my small victories. That’s the best I can do right now. And I try to accept that this is the way things are. For now,” DanielleDL wrote, adding that she tries to remind herself that when she lacks energy and motivation it’s only temporary.

Getting physical
Research has shown that yoga can help people living with cancer relieve their anxiety and depression. It’s also been shown to increase a sense of spiritual well-being. Other forms of physical activity can help to give a boost while going through treatment.

One of our Facebook fans, Brian, wrote: “If possible regular exercise is also very good to relieve the stress of cancer. I am very fortunate that I can still play squash on a regular basis.”

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We recently hosted a webcast on Chemotherapy and Nutrition, click here to watch the webcast on demand.



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