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    Julianna asked a questionCervical Cancer

    How to control gaining weight during holidays.

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      Kp2018

      From my Weight Watchers days, I recall the D's - distance, distract, delay.

      Distance - keep your distance from the buffet or snack tables or any other location that displays the goodies. Check out where the goodies are and head for the other side of the room or another room altogether.

      Distract - while keeping your distance from the goodies, distract yourself by chatting with people. Remind yourself that you're at the gathering to celebrate the holidays with people you enjoy, not to feed your face.

      Delay - OK, if you see something that you just don't think you can resist, delay taking it for 20 minutes. If, after 20 minutes, you still want it, give yourself permission to have and enjoy it. At least it will have been a conscious choice, not an mindless response. Sometimes after a delay, you'll find that the urge has passed.

      Good luck to you. This is difficult time of year to control your weight and you deserve kudos for attempting to do so.

      6 months ago
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      RockTom

      Wow, I keep reading about people that gained weight during treatment. I lost about 50#. I couldn't eat anything without it burning terribly or making me sick so the weight just fell off. I was on some steroids too but they did not have the same effect on me that apparently they do for lots of people.

      6 months ago
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      Skyemberr

      I've been on steroids since August and have gained 30 lbs! They are necessary if I don't want a swollen brain, but they certainly make you want to chew you aim off.. Mine is getting a bit less extreme now because I'm starting to get a tolerance. I'm going to be of if them by Christmas.

      Good luck with them. I hope you don't have moon face like I do.

      6 months ago
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    Julianna asked a questionCervical Cancer

    Will you be having a large crowd over for Thanksgiving?

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      NeckCancer

      We will be going to a relative's house for Thanksgiving. There's never any telling what we will see as far as number of people. Sometimes each of the kids will show up with 3 or 4 friends and there is a whole house full of people. Either way, we don't have to stress over anything, just show up, enjoy the company, eat, and go home for a nap! Everyone enjoy!

      6 months ago
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      GregP_WN

      This will be the first Thanksgiving in sometime that we won't have a crowd in our house. All of our youngsters have grown up and have families of their own now and are starting their own traditions. It seems like the family has scattered. So, I'll be smoking a turkey and we will be going to relatives that live right next door to us. So at least we don't have to travel too far.

      6 months ago
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      Lynne-I-Am

      @gregp, you are very lucky having family and loved ones living so close. When I grew up my grandmother lived right next door and one of my my aunts lived next door to her. As a child all the festivities were at grandma’s house. As a child I never thought about the short distance to grandmas , it was normal. As an adult, I realized how especially lucky I was . . Wishing you and your wife a very nice Thanksgiving.

      6 months ago
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    Julianna asked a questionCervical Cancer

    How do you keep survivor's guilt out of your mind as we get older?

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      Lynne-I-Am

      I agree with clinda, aging is part of life, I have no survivor’s guilt that relates to aging. I am thankful I have made it to 73 and counting. When I was diagnosed on the cusp of my 67 th birthday, I did not think there would be a 68th. I remember attending my high school’s fiftieth reunion and looking at the names of those who had past- I was stunned to see my high school best friend’s name listed. The list was much longer then than at my twenty-fifth reunion. I have experienced survivor’s guilt when it comes to cancer though. The “ why them and not me “ an empty question with no answers.

      8 months ago
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      Jayne

      I do feel guilt too when someone young passes or is diagnosed- it just seems so unfair the randomness of it all. I recently met a young mother of two who has Stage IV brain cancer and my heart just broke listening to her. She had sought me out since she knew I was a survivor but I struggled with propping her up with the hope of remission or the reality of what might happen. I decided that hope is the only thing we really have when dealing with this beast, so hope is what I tried to give to her. What a brave young lady.

      8 months ago
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      Bengal

      I don't feel guilty when I hear someone else has been taken. I feel angry. Why can some cases be successfully treated but others not? Why do some people have repeated recurrences and others not? Nothing about this "beast", as you put it, makes sense. Frankly, it sucks.

      8 months ago