Ways to Make Breast Cancer Just a Little More Comfortable
The entire sense of self and womanhood will be questioned. But that doesn’t mean people with breast cancer don’t still want to feel human and beautiful, because now more than ever it’s essential to really appreciate what matters in life.
Sometimes it really is the little things that make all the difference in a good day or a bad. Thankfully our warrior sisters who have lived through this before us have a little advice to make the struggle just a little more bearable.
Get a massage
Once your doctor clears you for this step of your recovery process, find a well-reviewed Licensed Massage Therapist. It is particularly helpful to find a therapist who specializes in lymphatic drainage massage or oncology massage. Check Amta.org for local reputable providers. Some Massage Therapists can even take health insurance now, so check with your provider to see what’s covered. Massage Therapy can help with increasing circulation which can reduce swelling as well as pain. It can also reduce nausea induced by chemotherapy.
Receiving massage may also be the only part of your week where you get to connect with your new and changing body in a positive and fully therapeutic way.
Read on to learn more about how to make the best out of the cards you've been dealt on this rough journey.