March 29, 2021
What are some of your self-care tips for someone living with blood cancer?
April 4, 2021
My self-care items are rather simple.
First ... I needed to remember to consume more water than I thought needed. Typically 75 to 90 oz a day were needed to help things moving as the chemo treatments easily resulted in significant bowel blockages and even hospitalization
Second... Find healthy foods that offer some taste or sense of taste. For me anything cooked with tomato sauce was appealing . While I had lost my sense of taste some highly seasoned foods were ok. Early on I tried to eat a turkey sandwich on whole wheat -- it did not go well. That said a ham sandwich on rye bread along with mustard was ok. I learned to experiment with foods and after a while developed a core of "health go to foods"
Third... Dark chocolate for some reason offered some taste but I kept it to one or 2 squares a day. Sweet things in general offered some taste sensation. I also found that tonic water offers some taste and also appeared to help leg cramps.
Fourth ... I gave myself permission to be alone when needed and slept when tired.
Fifth ... I make every effort to be kind and gracious to everyone around me. Why? Blood cancer not only impacts the patient , it is also impacts those close to you in so many ways.
April 7, 2021
These are all wonderful tips!
Thank you for sharing.
I hope all is going well.
~Doreen (Team Member)
April 5, 2021
April 7, 2021
Take care of yourself,
Doreen (Team Member)