The steroids are designed to help you through the worst of the side-effects. They taste horrible, though. In the worst of the chemo, most normal food and drink tastes bad.
COPING: A DIFFERENT KIND OF MEDICINE
The good news is that there is an answer at the local confectioners: fruity chews, fizzy sweets, fruit shapes, wine gums, snakes, pigs all worked for me.
GET USED TO THE NEW YOU
Each fortnight you’ll see a change.
For the first few days, YOU # 1 will have to deal with the immediate side-effects.
Later, YOU #2 will have to get used to very little: eating, sleeping and minor exercise, mostly.
Over the chemo period, you’ll be able to do less and less.
This blog is about living with Cancer. Not how to fight it, but how to deal with it. How it feels, and how to cope with those feelings.
YOU NEED FAMILY AND FRIENDS
A lot of the time, you’ll feel like you’re on your own. Only you have the cancer. But you’ll need others to get you through.
In the past, you might have been self-reliant. Now you’ll need to give up control, and that’s not easy.
It certainly wasn’t for me. Family and friends want to help, and the new you needs that help.
Part of this blog is about sharing coping strategies. Drawing is a big one for me.