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    GregP_WN asked a questionHead & Neck/Throat Cancer

    How have your sleeping habits changed since cancer?

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      JaneA

      I tried Melatonin, recommended by my oncologist. Turns out I am in the small percentage who gets intestinal cramping and diarrhea. Probably in part to my colostomy from my rectal cancer.

      I can't turn my brain off - I think about flowers to plant in the fall, subjects for my next watercolor painting, something different to cook for Thanksgiving. It used to be that it was fear of recurrence and what ifs that kept me awake, but I've learned to put those thoughts on the top shelf. But trivial thoughts crowd my brain.

      I'm going to try drinking chamomile tea and using lavender oil on my feet as suggested. I've also downloaded the Weightless album (by Marconi Union) - said to be an excellent sleep aid.

      I live in rural GA - no high speed internet - we have satellite internet with skimpy data plans - can't stream anything.

      about 19 hours ago
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      Dkatsmeow

      After surgery I slept in 2 hour spats for about a year. Also some very vivid dreams. Also because I was on a Joey machine. A feeding machine I used at night, I would get up about every 2 hours. That lasted for about 2 years. I have trouble adjusting to the formula they prescribe. And I can't eat regular food either way, by mouth can;t swallow & blended into a smoothie, It's too rich for me & makes me sick. I still get up once or twice at night. And I use melantonin. And my sleep schedule is off. 6AM comes way too early. I am usually in bed by 8-9pm. I used to be able to set up until 10-11PM. Or on the weekends I'll nap so much , I end up setting up to 2 am sometimes.

      about 19 hours ago
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      LiveWithCancer

      Mine really haven't changed. I sleep like a log most nights ... and rarely have any issues going to sleep. The last few days I haven't wanted to get up when the alarm goes off - not sure what's up with that except that maybe I am extra tired from being more active.

      about 5 hours ago
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    GregP_WN asked a questionHead & Neck/Throat Cancer

    Have you heard the sad news that Valerie Harper has died?

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    • JaneA's Avatar
      JaneA

      I enjoyed Valarie Harper so much, but I didn't realize that she made it to 80.

      On the topic of distant mets, some asked me where my rectal cancer had spread. I told them to my lungs. She looked at me in horror and said, "You have rectal cancer in your lungs?" Like the tumor was going to poop in my lung. Clearly, the public needs more information about cancer.

      15 days ago
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      GregP_WN

      We always liked her, watched her shows back in the day. They were always funny.

      15 days ago
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      andreacha

      Although she had many roles in her career, I'll always think of her as "Rhoda".

      13 days ago