When I considered various aspects of my cancer journey, specifically the initial hair loss, I felt that there was a drastic imbalance of energy in how people, myself included, process the idea of being diagnosed and consequently experience cancer. I met so very many women along my path that were overwhelmed and beaten down by hair loss and/or other external, aesthetic issues that this health challenge raises, and we simply cannot afford any negative energy in the form of self-doubt, low self-esteem, and insecurity when we are fighting for our lives!
Bald Is Beautiful is how I have begun my new career as a women's wholeness and cancer awareness advocate, and I'm headin' out there (pun intended) full steam ahead!
Wishing you Peace, Light, Joy, Love.
A great site for information and inspiration!
The scurg of gaining weight, while on the chemo drug Tamoxifen, is happening with more patients lately. It is mainly just a maintence drug the doctors put you on when there is nothing else they can do about your cancer. I have ovarian cancer but am stable now but I am on Tamoxiphen. My doctor told me that the main side effect is gaining weight. He sure was right. I gained 70 lbs in 6 mos.. That is all the doctor seemed to be concerned about. They are good doctors but never mentioned weight control. Being in this state I let the weight come on because I was ready to die. Cancer means death but as the weight came on I became one of the walking dead and I am only 54 years old. I asked myself what would Jesus do in this situation? Would he just sit around and let it happen. No! I got my mind organized, realized I was helping death come with my weight and did something about it. I am in my 2nd week with Weight Watches. I have lost 7 lbs. and 2 Inches around my belly. I have more energy and I just enjoy the company of the meetings. So Please consider joining. It is worth the money.
Prostate Cancer Information and Support Groups. Unique in having the only support group network for gay men in the world.
This book has helped me in accepting myself and learning to love myself and have a positive attitude through my cancer survivorship.
MY EXPERIENCE OF ULCERATIVE COLITIS FROM START TO RECOVERY plus HINTS AND TIPS ON MANAGING AN ILEOSTOMY (and beating colorectal cancer)
This is my journal I kept through my diagnosis and treatments. I had a fellow cancer patient tell me about this website. It made it so much easier to keep friends and family informed of everything. Trying to keep up with phone calls was an endless task. I hope you find it informative and maybe even inspirational at times!
Breast cancer survivor blog journal with personal story, information and resources, insights and inspiration featuring breast cancer prevention and breast cancer survivorship issues.
Written by cancer survivor and journalist Lori Hope, Help Me Live has been described as an "everything you always wanted to know about how to help someone with cancer but were afraid to ask" storybook. Based on interviews and surveys with more than 100 cancer patients, survivors, and care providers, Help Me Live details words and actions that can help or hurt someone who's received a cancer diagnosis. It not only tells tales (many of which are humorous), but provides many lists of things to say and not say, plus examples of sensitive and compassionate ways to show your love.
This resource is more for caregivers than patients, but it's a good book for patients to have laying around for their friends, co-workers, and loved ones.
I know this can't change the reality of our individual diagnoses and situations but it is an interesting and useful idea.
I hope you like it.
Cheeky Monkey (Helen)