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Tips for Getting Through Treatment

Try to maintain a positive outlook, don't feel guilty about resting when you need to and don't be afraid to ask for help if you need it. You can get through this!

Before my first surgery I went and got a couple of front-hook sport bras. I got one a size bigger, to use on the days I had the packing, and then switched to one in my usual size after the packing was off. I never would have gotten a regular, back-hook bra on by myself, and the front-hook bras are also very comfortable to sleep in (which you have to do).

To reduce problems with mouth sores, use a non-alcohol based mouthwash and get a new toothbrush every 2 weeks. Also use a soft toothbrush while you are on chemo.

Always make sure your massage therapist has been trained to understand the side effects of all cancer treatments before, during and after surgery.

Massage that scar! It makes the area feel better.

Say goodbye to spicy food, even mild varieties, immediately after each chemo treatment.

Do not wear your favorite perfume during chemo ­– you may end up getting nauseous because your sense of smell may be affected. Don’t deny yourself the simple pleasures.

Take care of yourself and rest! You need your sleep.

Give yourself a little reward after each treatment session.

Ask your doctor what you can do to make recovery from anesthesia and surgery easier on your body.