Beauty Over Cancer


‘I want my mammograms!’
November 24, 2009, 4:19 pm
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An interesting story published by CNN.com regarding the recent decision by a government task force to recommend women in their 40’s no longer get regular mammograms:

‘I want my mammograms!’

Obviously, cancer can strike any one person at any given time in their life. It is always wise to conduct self-exams, which are easy to do in the comfort and privacy of your own home. Get to know your body, and if you feel anything unusual, do not be afraid to reach out to your doctor! If you are at higher risk for any kind of cancer, avoid the new government recommendations and take care of yourself. Get a mammogram! Even if the procedure is not covered by your insurance, the out-of-pocket expense is minimal compared to the potential risk involved with ignoring your health.

 



More Tips for Chemo!
October 24, 2009, 9:10 pm
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1. Put a list of phone numbers together! Hospitals, Doctors, Pharmacy, your Nurse’s direct line, friends, babysitters, and anyone else you can think of! Keep one on your person and one at home!

2. Start nausea meds as prescribed until you figure out your body’s routine with the treatments.

3. Watch your temperature!100.5 degrees is your marker for calling your doctor. Infections will spread quickly and easily when your body reaches this temp.

4. You can become constipated or even have diarrhea. Make sure you ask your doctor which over the counter meds to have for both situations.

5. Buy some nice, comfy clothes that make you feel good.

6. Don’t push yourself too hard. When exhausted, take a nap! Don’t wear your body down more than you need to.

7. Choose the foods that you want. If you can eat them and hold them down, enjoy!

8. Chemo dries out your eyes, so make sure you have your moisturizing eye drops on your person and at your home.

9. This is your time in life not to be annoyed by others. Do things that make YOU happy. Don’t worry about when other folks bother you- let them know!



Your Diet Through Cancer
October 18, 2009, 8:00 pm
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It is important to keep your body as healthy as possible while you are going through chemotherapy. This is something we should all do, but it is especially important during this time in your life. You will notice changes to your flavor preferences, smells, and even the sensitivity of your taste buds. Leslie Wade of CNN wrote an excellent article about the American Cancer Society’s book “What to Eat During Cancer Treatment”. Check out the link below:

http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/10/05/cancer.diet.cookbook/