When the Ground Falls

I love this post that my friend Leann wrote concerning me and my cancer diagnosis. Reading how this has affected my loved ones is so crucial because it shows me ways that I can help them to cope with this situation. Pop on over for a read!

A Guidebook to Cancer

It has been said that over time couples begin to look like each other. Their attire begins to mesh into similar shades and patterns. Some couples wear the same shoes. Admittedly, this may only hold true for my parents.

In other cases, dogs look like their owners and sometimes both human and animal have similar personality traits. The Museum of Man, located at Balboa Park in San Diego, has an exhibit called Living with Animals. In this exhibit, there’s a game very similar to Old Maid where the player matches a dog to its owner. At first it seems fairly easy—dogs are said to look like their owners. Well, it’s not. Out of 10, I had only one correct.

In retrospect, those whom we call friends tend to be similar to us before we ever meet. Friends are people that we share similar interests with, otherwise why would we call…

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Things to Pack in Your Chemo Bag (Part I)

Part I of a series I am writing on our cancer resource blog!

A Guidebook to Cancer

Good morning, lovelies!

Today I want to talk about things that I’ve found useful to pack in my chemo bag. A lot patients are nervous for their first round of chemo because they aren’t sure what to expect. I’ve found that packing a bag prior to chemo helps to ease some of my anxiety because it helps me to feel “prepared” for treatments. Mind you, everyone is different, but these are some suggestions that may be useful to you or your loved one.

A Book
Many patients like to spend time reading during chemo. I’ve always had a strong love of books, mainly because they can transport you to another time and world altogether, and during chemo when so many emotions and physical changes are taking place, losing yourself in a good story is pretty awesome.

I generally take my iPad to read e-books because I can carry more books…

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Essential Nutrition Tips During Treatment

Check out this article I wrote for a co-authored blog for cancer patients and their loved ones!

A Guidebook to Cancer

  • Eat A Big Breakfast 🍳
    I’ve found that my hunger is usually higher in the mornings, and I see a decline in my hunger as the day goes on. Also, treatments are generally easier for me to tolerate when I have eaten. Since common treatments like chemo and radiation can cause nausea, eating in the mornings will ensure that your body has had time to absorbs nutrients. You might not be feeling too great after treatments and may avoid food afterward, so consuming food first thing in the morning is certainly helpful.
  • Snack! 🍌
    Normally snacking is not advocated, but for us patients, we need all the calories we can get. Just be sure that you’re snacking on healthy, protein-rich foods such as yogurt, fruits, and nuts.
  • Keep Track of Your Weight ⚖️
    Usually your medical team will help to monitor weight, but I found it helpful to also track…

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