Now that I’ve finished bc treatment, I wanted to share what got me through. Here are 50 things that got me through bc.
What are your ‘things’ that got you through?
Therapies and retreats
These therapies really helped a lot with the stress of diagnosis and treatments plus the side effects from treatments:
- Art Therapy with Mary Brownlow – through a Cancer Society support programme.
- Acupuncture with Kym Binding.Kym Binding. firstname.lastname@example.org
- Meditation and mindfulness with Stephen Archer – through a Cancer Society support programme
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) with Jasmina Kovacev
- Prayer and healing with Father John Rea
- Silva meditation CDs
- Full Spectrum Wellbeing cancer retreat with Jasmina Kovacev
- Pink Pilates – so good after surgery and chemo.
- Family. Thanks for coming to appointments and hanging out.
- Super duper friends. People who kept in touch, came to chemo, sent cards and thoughts…it all adds up.
- Joy the nurse. My Mum helped nurse me through my surgeries and chemo appointments.
- Generosity. People can be so kind and generous when you least expect it.
- The Cancer Society offer so much support, kindness and cool programmes.
- Meeting others going through bc or other cancers.
- Bio-oil was recommended to me for all my scars. I think it’s great and still use it daily.
- Kerastaste shampoo. If your hair is falling out and/or growing back, this shampoo is for you. It was recommended by my hairdresser and I think works well.
- Benefiber is an excellent supplement when having all those digestive and intestinal issues during chemo.
- Photography. I really enjoy just taking photos and playing around with them on the PC.
- Serena Star Leonard and learning how to put a website together. I did Serena’s Website Launchpad course and the rest is history.
- BC Nirvana. Having this website helped me and also helped others.
- Going to art galleries, very inspiring.
- Taking time off from work for cancer treatments. This allowed me to rest and heal more quickly than when I worked and did chemo at the same time.
- Being frugal. Because I’m not working, I have learned to not spend much.
- The NZ public health system. Thank you for funding my surgeries and all the chemo treatments including Herceptin.
- Emails from people all over the world – a real connection to the world.
- Shopping for (designer) clothes on sale
- Setting goals for the future – a new bucket list
- Holidays to look forward to
- Nieces and nephews
- Planning an end of treatment celebration
- Rest. Resting throughout the day when I was fatigued.
- Heaps of sleep and sleeping in. Not having to set an alarm clock.
- Cycling. I bought a bike at the end of chemo and have never looked back.
- Walking. I prefer walking on the beach as it is so uplifting and recharging.
- A relaxed pace of life. Not scheduling too many things and allowing lots of time to get to appointments.
- Using my intuition
- Quiet – time to think and reflect
- Helping others
- Being grateful
- Cancelling appointments when I wasn’t well
- The beach – walking and just looking out to the sea
My medical team…
- Dr Annie Fullarton who is a plastic surgery whizz as well as angel. Thanks so much.
- Dr Susanna Kent. My GP who saved my life by noticing a breast lump and referring me for a mammogram.
- Dr Christine Mouat. My wonderful breast surgeon who has been through everything with me since 2007.
- Dr Kate Gregory. My wonderful Oncologist who helped me get through chemo.
- Bernadette Mahar, my Oncology district nurse who helped me through all the yucky chemo stuff.
- Nurses at the chemo day ward. Are angels. Thank you.