Whether it is fighting cancer or getting up after life knocks me down, I have a few tips and tactics that I’ve developed to keep me going. I’ve encountered more than my fair share of overwhelming situations, and these pillars of wellness have served as my main coping mechanisms.
Does your illness make you feel A.N.T.S.Y.? I love acronyms, and this one has become really important to me. It stands for Attitude, Nutrition, Treatment, Support and You. Each one represents a different dimension of my approach to dealing with cancer, but can be applied to any serious or complex medical condition. Suggestions under these five umbrellas comprise my recommended survivorship care plan.
*Ask your doctor before initiating any supplements
Side effects go hand-in-hand with treatment. Make sure you know what side effects that you should expect, when they will occur and how long they will last. Also identify how they are tied to your treatment. In other words, are the side effects dose dependent? You should also be mentally prepared for side effects to affect your appearance or your day-to-day functioning at outings (i.e. do you have to be near a bathroom). Finally, have a plan to follow if side effects impact your ability to receive and/or continue treatment.
*I did not experience diarrhea, vomiting, baldness, rash, or radiation burns.*