Fatigue is a common side effect of chemotherapy treatments, especially on the heels of the busy holiday season. For women in treatment who are used to running the show, losing energy is an especially unpleasant surprise. But thanks to designer Marc Jacobs, we know that being stylish means making any look our own, including looking good, even while lounging.
Taking time to recover and relax is an essential part of maintaining your personal style. No one can look their best without rest! Many women don’t anticipate how tired they’ll feel after chemo treatments, since the meds zap your red blood cells, leaving you wiped out. We have some secret weapons to help you weather the fatigue.
It’s an unhappy fact; “chemo brain” is real and it’s a pain. If you’re used to multi-tasking at work and home, and you’re the go-to person for upcoming events, activities and information, that may have to change. Chemotherapy is likely to impact your ability to recall everyday information and concentrate on specific tasks.
Research shows that women with cancer are more restless at night and the body’s basic circadian rhythms that control our sleepiness and wakefulness aren’t different enough, meaning you can often feel a little asleep and a little awake. Here are some techniques that may help battle this inner confusion.
It’s not too early to start thinking about Valentine’s Day and how to tell that special woman in your life just how remarkable she is. How about making her breakfast in bed or a gourmet dinner just for two, accompanied by a dozen red roses. But we’re not talking about just any roses.
The New Year -- Time for Rejuvenation! If you’re going through treatment and one of your New Year’s resolutions is to exercise when you feel up to it, here are some great suggestions from the doctors at WebMD. Not only can exercise chase away the winter blues and reduce fatigue, there is also evidence to suggest that exercise can help reduce the incidence of cancer recurrence. It can also help with weight control, another major factor in fending off a recurrence, according to the American Cancer Society.
If you didn’t get the cozy pair of pajamas you were hoping for during the holidays, treat yourself with comfy snuggle fleece PJs, sure to keep you warm on those cold winter nights – or even as you rest during the day after your treatments.
Holidays are a perfect time to thank the people in our lives for their hard work, kindness and support throughout the year. For many of us that includes caregivers, and members of our medical team. (For me, that’s my oncology nurse Jan- who always returns my calls quickly and patiently answers my many questions!)