• 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
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar

      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!

      over 1 year ago
    • myb's Avatar

      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.

      over 1 year ago
    • papabill's Avatar

      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.

      over 1 year ago

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