my name is Val and I have had surgery for bowel cancer and am having 10 chemo treatments, 1 every 2 weeks. I’ve had 3 so far and this is what I found has helped:
i do a healing yoga class on the day after chemo, it’s very gentle exercises and includes a number of breathing techniques and a meditation. The effect is very therapeutic and relaxing, you can actually feel your body beginning to heal from the onslaught of chemo.
i take a supplement of shark liver oil - research this yourself to see if it might be beneficial - but I haven’t had a problem with my white cells since I started to take it, whereas like you my 2nd treatment was delayed by a week because the cells were too low.
I found the delay to be a great benefit to my body because it gave it a chance to recover from the 1st treatment before receiving the next.
Even though I am really tired, I go for a walk every day after a treatment, short if you’re not feeling great, especially the first few days, but increasing just a little every day. If the sun is shining, make sure you sit down along the way to allow your body to absorb it - it really soothes your bones (15 mins is all you need to get max vitamin D).
i do another meditation class at the end of the first week and try to do even a short one at home every morning and last thing at night.
All of these things help me to feel more in control of my treatment, because I am taking care of my own body, while the chemo is blasting any stray cancer cells. Fear was my biggest problem at the start, but now I am much more relaxed.
Best of luck on your journey - I will be thinking of you when I’m in the chair myself and sending you love and hugs through the Universe. Val x
Sorry Melanie - I should have said to check with your oncologist before trying this supplement (or any) because we are all on different chemicals depending on what type of cancer we have.
I was terribly fearful of chemo - had heard of so many bad reactions - and the oncologist seemed unable to reassure me. However its been SO much easier than i expected. Very minor side effects so far. I am on no 2 of 6 in 3 weekly cycles and if no 3 goes just was well in 4 days time i am promising to stop worrying. What you will experience will be I think down to luck and hopefully you will be lucky! Everyone is different in all respects. I must say for me waiting to start was the worst. Now I am counting down to half way its gone so very fast - i hope you'll be able to say the same soon. I almost feel a fraud so far that i am not suffering enough!
I was supppsed to have treatment yesterday , however my white blood count was low and with all the flu and colds spreading around , dr thought it better to postpone by one week. I cried. I want it to be over. Then I put my big girl pants on and let it go. I am feeling well so I won’t complain . ( much)
I am sorry your next round of treatment has been delayed. It is better to wait until your bloods change up. I know it is frustrating, we gear ourselves up mentally for the next hit, and when it has to be halted, it's hard to take.
But you are doing brilliantly, I am glad you feel well, that is good news.
You hoik those pants up! Haha, it will all soon be over you'll see.
You can do it. It will be worth it in the end.
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