I was contacted by a company, Breast Cancer Answers, to do a video on my three best tips for getting through cancer. Before I agreed, I checked out their website to be sure this would be of value, and I found they have a ton of usable information, especially for those who are newly diagnosed. There is nothing like hearing what works from somebody who has "been there, done that."
They have lots of other video tips from women who have been in treatment, as well as Q&A from Dr. Jay Harness, who is past-President of American Society of Breast Surgeons. Not only does he have a Questions and Answers section - but if you find you have a question that is not already there, you can ask it yourself. How cool is it that you can ask a question from a real doctor, one who doesn't have 30 patients waiting behind you, and get a response!
They also offer a checklist of 15 questions to take with you to your first doctor visit after diagnosis, which is always valuable during those frightening, early days. The questions are usable whether you'll be seeing an an oncologist or breast surgeon. These are questions that you do need to know and at the early stage of shock and probably not knowing much about breast cancer, may not even know to ask. I didn't.
Now, before watching the video, keep in mind, I had to do all this talking using my chemo-damaged brain in one Skype session with no notes, so be nice as I stutter through my thoughts!
Here are my 3 top tips for getting through your rounds of chemo. These tips are good no matter what your Stage is. After you watch this, check out that site and watch some videos, you'll find it valuable.
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