Being diagnosed with cancer is frightening and a whole new world has opened up. Not to mention, the world you had is being turned upside down.
Having been a patient, I wish I had known to do these simple things to get prepared for surgery, chemotherapy and oodles of doctor appointments.
Things to Do:
- Get a soft bag, fill it with tissue, hard candy, magazines, sweater, scarf, water bottle, crackers, music, meditation tapes and love trinkets.
- Get a binder, fill it clear plastic sheets to put reports in, paper for notes, and folders for other information.
- Prepare your living space for recovery, clear out the bedroom, add flowers, soft music, funny TV shows, and uplifting sayings and love trinkets.
- Prepare your family for their new roles as ‘care givers’ and ‘support partners’, list the things in the house that need to be done and ask for help.
- Ask friends to prepare small, nutritious meals and freeze them for times you just can’t think of what to eat.
- Your first chemotherapy appointment is nerve-racking. You can ask a chemo nurse to show you around before you go. Take a friend.
- In fact, ask your friends to sign up to take you to chemotherapy appointments and follow-up appointments.
- Get copies of your scans, medical tests, including blood tests and keep them in your notebook.
- If you can ask someone you trust to help you with insurance filing and paperwork, they earn Brownie Points in Heaven.
- Listen to the Yoga for Cancer Survivor cd, daily, and find free meditations on SoundCloud.com – under Yoga Being.
- Join an online listserv through ACOR.org (the American Cancer Online Resources)
- Get an support person from Chemoangels.org or Imermanangels.org