Hi Linda: I had radiation 9 years ago, the first time I had breast cancer. What I did then (and what I'm doing this bout of b/c) is BEING GOOD TO MYSELF. Back then I got a massage, bought a new lipstick, took bubble baths, spent time with friends, etc. I read magazines instead of novels since I didn't have the brain power at that time to remember complicated plots or characters' names! I tried hard to be easy on myself. I didn't have any skin issues, but was extremely tired and had to drive 70 miles round trip 7x 5x a week. So--I bribed friends into driving me there by buying their lunch on the way home! It worked! I sympathize with your tiredness. Good luck in finding what works to calm and nurture yourself. :-)
Invasive (Infiltrating) Ductal Carcinoma Questions
Asked by LindaWheat on Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Tomorrow will be 3 weeks into radiation. My fair & sensitive skin not doing so well + I'm so tired. I've always felt like I've had it together but at times, takes a few to think. Still working & really trying to leave work at work, but not so easy. Sure would like to hear suggestions on ways to relax and recharge!
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I have fair skin and so far clear aloe gel has kept any irritation or rashes down. I have 12 more treatments and am hoping I have as good experience with the boost doses. I have been working a regular schedule and trying to work out some which I think has helped with fatigue but even so by the end of week around Thurs afternoon my fatigue really starts kicking in and most times I have to come straight home and go to bed and usually sleep til next morning. Just try to do something that you enjoy, try not to worry if you have to take it easy at work and at home, and listen to your body. When you feel like you need to rest - rest! I watch a lot of sitcoms that I find funny so I can laugh and release stress. Hope your reaction gets better!!
I don't know what you're using for lotion but I used a ton of Aquaphor. Slathered it on right after each treatment. Had good luck with my very fair skin. For an escape I listened to a book on CD on the way to and from radiation treatments. Radiation is tough...do whatever you find a guilty pleasure!
massage is a great idea, so is mediation and energy work. If you can afford it maybe a week-end at a spa or hotel. DH and I try to get up to Kripalu, a yoga and health center, in the Berkshires every few months. We stay for 3-4 days. they offer, yoga, mediation, excellent "healing arts", massage, energy work, etc. DH takes a program, I use want to bliss out in R&R.
You may want to see if there are yoga, Pilates, meditation classes near where you live. Also maybe if you can afford it and have the time, take a few days off.
I also loaded up an iPod with relaxing music which I listen to when I'm stressed and before I go to sleep at night.
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