• Should I be resting?

    Asked by Lgardineer on Thursday, July 31, 2014

    Should I be resting?

    So I was just diagnosed with thyroid cancer. I feel kinda lousy, but don't know if I should just rest as much as possible or exercise and do everything as normal. I haven't been to my surgical consult yet so I thought I'd ask here thanks In advance

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    • Meera's Avatar

      I was very careful up to the time I had my surgery, since i did not want the cancer to spread. So the most important thing is to keep your immune system healthy and lead a natural and healthy life. I was VERY careful about what i ate. They say sugar feeds cancer,and so I gave up all sugar and reduced all carbs (even whole grain). But I walked 2 miles every day. I think that is really good for you. I would not push myself. I also tried to keep cheerful by watching "I love Lucy" movies every night! The operation was easier than I thought and I was up on my feet quite soon.

      Also, just be prepared for what you will wear ---front buttons help in the first few days. And you need scarves for your neck. I still wear them, since I would rather cover up my scar, even though it is not too prominent. I wonder how many others continue to cover their scars? My surgery was one and a half year ago.

      What helped me best was trying to think positively and believing that I woudl be normal agian. schedule things with the hope and belief that all will be well after the surgery. I did and it helped me aim to get there (giving a talk 2 weeks later!). Good luck to you.

      about 7 years ago
    • Lgardineer's Avatar

      Thank you all again. I have my surgical consult on 8/12 at one of the best cancer units around. I'm still scared and worried but it's lessening.

      about 7 years ago
    • AnnyKay's Avatar

      Keep doing as much as you possibly can. I still go to my yoga classes. Cannot do as much as I used to but just do what I can. I can also still bowl on my league if I pace myself, resting and doing breathing exercises between my turns. At the beginning I did quit doing all of this and by doing nothing I found myself getting weaker. As someone said above, activity does boost your immune system. Good luck, prayers and hugs to you.

      about 7 years ago

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