I`m so relieved to tell you
that the side effects from the second chemo
are a lot less then the first time.
The new medication made me very sleepy
so the first days I mainly slept.
Which is way better then
staring outside and feeling to miserable to sleep.
Although I`m very relieved
I still find it hard to have all this poison in my body,
but it is the best option I have right now.
After the second chemo I found
there are a few things that made it easier for me.
So a few tips for the ones that read this and have to go through chemo soon.
Of course these are a few things that work for me
everybody is different and you have to find what works for you.
1. Every doctor and nurse will tell you,
take care you drink enough liquid.
About 2 ltr. (about 8 big glasses.)
It helps your body to get rid of the toxins in your body.
2. Before I get out of bed I eat some crackers.
This helps to prevent nausea
or prevents it from getting worse.
3. I eat more small meals.
the same effect as 2.
4. I try to continue with my exercises.
* these for my lymphatic system
( because of my mastectomy )
* a few yoga exercises
* 10 to 15 min. on the cross trainer
Don`t make it to strenuous.
I`m not able to do this every day
sometimes I`m to tired or sick.
But when I`m able to do it
I feel better and healthier.
5. Between my exercises (after the yoga exercise)
I meditate for 10 min.
My mantra: let (inhale) go (exhale)
6. When I`m able I take a walk outside.
Clears the mind and I love the fresh air.
Most days I walk about 30 min.
but some it is just 5.
7. I try not to feel guilty
for the things I`m not able to do
or I think I should do.
Feeling guilty gives you a lousy feeling
and costs a lot of energy.
You need this energy to get better.
8. If you keep feeling very sick,
call your doctor or oncology nurse.
Changing or adding medication can make a big difference.
I hope these tips are useful to some of you.
The pictures are taken at Villa Augustus in Dordrecht.
It is a hotel/restaurant with it`s own vegetable garden.