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Coping with Cancer and Fatigue

sleeping man photoNearly everyone in this country has been affected by cancer in one way or another. We have made amazing steps towards being able to cure cancer but we still have a long way to go.

One of the problems of being diagnosed with cancer is that you are lost and scared when you hear those words “You have cancer,” being said directly to you. Most tend to zone out from that moment and while you may hear what your doctor is telling you it’s simply not sinking in. All you can think about is the fact that you’ve been diagnosed with cancer.

Battling Cancer with Technology at Your Fingertips

Cancer.Net is a website designed to help you put your diagnosis into perspective. Their mobile app is helpful for both those diagnosed and those who have a loved one diagnosed. Created to operate in both English & Spanish, this app can be found in your Android® or iPhone app stores for free. While it’s not quite an oncologist it’s the next best thing and keeps you informed 24 hours a day.

Fatigue

Many treatments are known to cause fatigue. Fatigue can affect your quality of life. Some of the negative effects of fatigue include:

  • Interrupting daily activities & chores
  • Change in mood and emotions
  • Disrupting your work/job
  • Causing depression
  • Changing your social relationships
  • Reducing the time you have for things you enjoy (family, hobbies, & other activities)
  • Frustration with your situation

It is imperative to find supportive care during your cancer treatment. Supportive care should be knowledgeable about how to care for you during your cancer treatments.

Professional care can help ensure that you are taken care of properly and without the fear contamination; both to you and to your caregivers. Professional caregivers are an affordable way to make it through the day and win the battle against fatigue.

Fatigue can be managed.

One of the best ways to enjoy life is to be proactive in your own health. Here are some tips to how to manage your fatigue:

  • Stay Active – even limited fitness should be scheduled into your daily life. Take short walks with someone or partake in an exercise routine according to your abilities.
  • Accept Help – understand and accept your limitations. You can’t do it all and your main focus is to battle the cancer itself. Accept offers to cook for you, take you to appointments, or shop for you. One of the benefits of hiring a professional caregiver is that you can determine when and what you need assistance with.
  • Sleep – as logical as this may sound as a way to battle fatigue; the fatigue itself can often be a culprit to not getting sleep. You become over-tired and stress about being tired. Deep sleep is best.
  • Eat Healthy – your appetite may be limited but try to find healthy foods that you can tolerate and desire. While you may be tempted to grab something quick & easy that’s less nutritious try to keep from doing so.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer it’s imperative to not feel alone. Hospice care really is not such a scary, dark term anymore. Many who choose to bring in a professional for guidance and compassionate care find that it is a positive option and way to handle an aggressive cancer battles. However, not all care is for end of life care but instead for Quality Of Life!

One of the first steps of handling your cancer diagnosis is learning how to manage your fatigue. You can get a handle on your fatigue by accepting a little help from in-home healthcare, professional caregivers, and good friends & family. You’ve got this! We can help.


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