• after chemo

    Asked by TeriPlus2 on Wednesday, August 23, 2017

    after chemo

    Im finding it difficult to relax after chemo treatment waiting on scans

    4 Answers from the Community

    4 answers
    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      Try meditation.

      Try yoga.

      Try EFT (emotional freedon techniques).

      Try taking a walk or doing housework or staying busy in any way you see fit. Find a really good book to transport you. Get your butt to a park if you are well enough.
      Go to a Plaza and people watch. Let your mind imagine what it will about other people's lives as they go around you. Sew, paint, crochet, chop wood or do anything you are able to tire yourself out while keeping busy.

      Dont forget to eat your fill and keep yourself hydrated. Make sure your nasal passages are clear.

      Best wishes

      about 1 month ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      I play games on my phone or tablet, read novels, play agility with my dogs ... or even do mundane tasks like laundry or housework (which I detest).

      If my mind wanders to cancer, I quickly redirect it to something else. I won't allow cancer to take one minute more of my life than it absolutely must.

      Good luck!! And, if you can, ask yourself what will change by you spending time worrying about what the scans will show? All the worry is doing for you is stealing joy from the moment. Even IF the scans showed a problem, and I pray and believe they will not, worrying about it now won't change a thing. In fact, stress is not good for you!

      about 1 month ago
    • myb's Avatar
      myb

      It is extremely hard to stay positive when scanxiety sets in. I would get acupuncture the day before I had scans to help keep my qi happy. I would plan for a massage afterwards to get the tension out of my body.

      about 1 month ago
    • papabill's Avatar
      papabill

      I can readily understand your anxiety and as those suggest it is best to try....try is the operative word...to think and do anything you can to divert your thoughts away from impending scans. Although I am sure most all -- including myself most prominently -- can never truly stop thinking about the impending scans more so several days ahead of when scheduled. I am now 4+ years post -chemo and the anxiety still builds a week or more ahead of the scan dates. Ironically, my next scans (MRI/CAT) are this coming Monday and i am in that pre-scan anxiety mode.now. Happens each and every time. But, keep the faith.

      about 1 month ago

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