Here are AT LEAST three things I’d have done differently during chemotherapy:
I’d have limited my number of scarves and wigs – I wouldn’t have purchased all those items. I spent hundreds of dollars on items I never wore. I wish I’d have bought one inexpensive wig for special occasions, and fabrics at craft stores to make my own scarves. Many scarves sold to cancer patients are hideous, and some are quite expensive for the quality you’ll get. In the end, I ended up going with a couple favorites and donated the rest. Avoid the ‘pre-tied’ scarves unless you want to look like you stepped out of a “Little House on the Prairie’ episode.
I’d have avoided negative online discussion threads – Forums are scary places. Most people, I learned, visit the threads to vent. I read one horror story after another. None came to fruition in my own experience, but terrified me nonetheless, into the deep hours of the night when I couldn’t sleep. The vast majority of people recover and don’t post tales of victory. They put the experience behind them and simply live their lives. No time to post.
I’d have indulged more in life’s little comforts – I’d have found peace in the company of friends, candles, soft sheets, music therapy, and services such as massage, counseling, make up classes and yoga, offered at places like the Geneva, Illinois’s Living Well Center. These types of havens are found in locations across the country. Generally, services are free to patients and caretakers.
- Free exercise classes offered to cancer survivors (kvue.com)
- ‘Chemotherapy-sparing’ test offered (bbc.co.uk)
- Chemotherapy- the Curative Treatment for Cancer (thesciencedirect.wordpress.com)
- Bald and beautiful: Cancer survivor says ‘everyone’s experience is different’ (sacbee.com)
- The Process of Chemotherapy (thereviewscience.wordpress.com)