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Relaxing Techniques During Cancer Treatment | The Silver Pen

Relaxation During Cancer Treatment

I know that it will not come as a surprise when I say that cancer and its treatment can be stressful for people with cancer and their caregivers. Understatement of the decade, I’d say.  When I was sick, for the first time in my life, I started using relaxation techniques and other mind/body practices to help calm my mind and sharpen my ability to focus. I had never used them before but loved them so much that I have carried them into my life after cancer.  The way I see it, ANYTHING that I/we can do do reduce stress (caused by cancer or just life in general!) are a Silver Lining.

Here are some techniques that can help you cope with the challenges of cancer*:

Breathing Exercises

At the core of life is breath. Anxiety and stress can make us take short, shallow breaths. Shallow breathing, which does not allow enough oxygen to enter our bodies, can make us even more anxious. Deep breathing is ...

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Helpful Hot Flash Hints

Helpful Hot Flash Hints

For those of you who have experienced (naturally occurring or chemo-induced) menopause, you know exactly what I mean when I say ...

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Chemotherapy-Induced Neuropathy

Chemotherapy-Induced Neuropathy

After my taking Taxol, I experienced something called neuropathy. It is yet another example of the collateral damage that chemo does in ...

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Intimacy During Cancer Treatment | The Silver Pen

Let’s Talk About Sex (During Cancer Treatment), Baby

Let’s Talk About Sex (During Cancer Treatment), Baby

In the midst of a cancer diagnosis, treatment, or recovery, intimacy can easily slip to the bottom ...

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Nail Care During Chemotherapy | The Silver Pen

Nail Care During Chemotherapy

Nail Care During Chemotherapy

One of the things that I really wish that I had been prepared for during chemo treatment was the havoc that...

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Chemo Mouth | The Silver Pen

Chemo Mouth During Cancer Treatment

Chemo Mouth During Cancer Treatment

Yesterday, I had the incredible opportunity to be on the Health News: NPR morning segment. It was great fun to ...

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Safety During Chemotherapy Treatment | The Silver Pen

Safety During Chemotherapy Treatment

Safety During Chemotherapy Treatment

This week, I heard an absolutely heart-breaking, tear inducing, mind-numbing story involving a person who had just finished a chemo treatment. ...

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Chemo Wigs: How to Buy Them During Chemotherapy

One of my chemo wigs. I named this one “Nataska”. Please don’t ask me why. I was in the middle of chemo!

Shortly after my ...

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Endurance During Cancer Treatment

As I am training (or attempting to train) for a half marathon in May, I am working on building my endurance. Some days are better ...

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The Funk Zone: Coping with Side Effects of Cancer Treatment

After my 4th round of chemotherapy, I went into what I now refer to as The Funk Zone. Right after that 4th dose, I bought ...

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When a Parent Has Cancer

For the past few days, I’ve felt a little under the weather. It’s funny (not in a “Ha Ha” kind of way) how sensitive I ...

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