Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Good Things About Cancer Treatment

Good Morning Cancer Patients and Caregivers;
Every year when the month of August rolls around I remember the physical state I was in having completed two rounds of chemo treatment from June and July that required me to sit in an infusion chair for 5 hours, for 5 days in a week and repeat it the next month. When August came, I started 25 days of radiation treatment while carrying a 24 hour chemo infusion pack. I was getting pretty run down and chemo'd out. I knew there was more to come on the journey. 

I have never been a half empty or half full guy but thought there must be something good about cancer treatment besides reminding you of your mortality. About the 18th of August I started putting together a list of the good things I had experienced from cancer treatment. First, the test results showed shrinking of the tumor and my health was stable. I also noticed that chemo brain had set in, and for the life of me, I couldn't figure out why I did certain things, but it didn't bother me. I began to put a list together of the good things about cancer treatment, specifically chemo and radiation.
  • Mosquitoes, tics and chiggers won't bite you.
  • If you need to lose weight, 5 days of chemo will do it quickly.
  • Legal use of steroids.
  • No need to shave.
  • A bald head dries fast.
  • Won't need to get a haircut for a while.
  • Eat foods you don't like because you have no sense of taste.
  • Beer is one of the few things I could taste.
  • You could apply for a handicap parking tag.
  • Blame everything on chemo brain.
  • Get more sleep.
  • Sunburned without being in the sun. 
  • Pleased with small accomplishments
  • Much lower set of expectations
I’m sure there are more but this was the list I remember developing one day when I was not feeling very well and just needed to lift my spirits.

 When the treatment has got you down and your spirits could use a lift, try this. Best case, it will create a diversion so you take your mind off not feeling well. Use your sense of humor and make it work for you.

Stay strong, keep your sense of humor and never give up.