Last night I enjoyed a smorgasboard of Halloween treats, and not once did I stop to consider how many calories I was consuming. That is one perk of having cancer that makes my girlfriends envious. Of course I make sure to eat a healthy, well-balanced, cancer-fighing diet each day. But I also give my self free reign of the treat cupboard.
Tip: It is essential to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet when you have cancer, but don’t deprive yourself of an occasional treat.
Being a mother, I have had to hone the the ability to shower, wash and condition my hair, plus shave various body parts, all in under twenty minutes. Well, now that I am on chemo, and no longer have to bother myself with hair care or removal of unwanted body hair, my shower time has been cut in half. Shorter showers is a definite perk of having cancer, and I make use of the extra grooming time by stepping up my skin care.
Tip: If your shower routine is shortened, don’t give extra bathroom time to your kids. Rather, use those precious grooming minutes on skin care. Despite under-going chemo, I have been told that my skin has never looked better.
We all know how boring and time consuming it is waiting to have blood work and other lab tests done. Before cancer, I would sit in the waiting room for hours, trying to look dignified while holding a bottle of pee in my hand. Well now, at my hospital at least, all I need to do is say I am a chemo patient and I get fast tracked! I think the rationale is that they don’t want us chemo patients hanging out with “sick people” since our immune systems are low. Hey, works for me! I also have a special parking permit for chemo patients so that I am guaranteed a parking spot close to the hospital.
Tip: Use your chemo status to your advantage. Find out if your hospital will fast track your routine lab tests, or give preferred parking. It doesn’t hurt to ask!
(You can make my body go to school but my soul will be outside running through the sprinkler)
I work in the field of education, so every year since I was five years old, I have been heading back to school in September. So it felt strange when September rolled around this year and I found myself putting the kids on the bus and going back home…..strange, but GOOD! Now I finally get that Staples commercial “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” I get to enjoy the luxury of having the whole house to myself, and really focus on getting well.
Tip: If you have sick leave, why not use it? Make getting well your full time job.