We assembled five important resources for you, called our 'First Five'.
These resources are important in helping you (as a patient or caregiver) get organized and be proactive after receiving a cancer diagnosis.
There will be a lot of "noise" and may already have been. Let us help you control the noise. Noise includes articles, suggestions, tips, links, emails, questions, texts, and even tears. Tips and suggestions are important, but they are hard to keep track of. Also, with a cancer diagnosis you may be pretty emotional so you might not be thinking as clearly as you would like to be. It's ok if you are, we have been there too.
Our 'First Five' will help you focus and take important first steps, putting all this energy to good use.
The Mayo Clinic put together a very helpful article on 11 tips when faced with a cancer diagnosis. It's not perfect, but it's a good starting point. We will be expanding upon many of the sections / points made in the article as we develop our site & resources further. Worth the quick read.
The Cancer Fighting Kitchen is one of the best books on the role food and nutrition play during cancer treatments. Why is this important? Chemotherapy can have severe side-effects and can affect not only tastes but appetites as well. Author Rebecca Katz does a great job matching symptoms to recipes. The recipes are easy to make, natural, and healthy. She tells you what to eat, when to eat it, and how to make it - simply. For example, it provides solutions such as using plastic silverware or adding lemon to water when chemo / treatments affect taste buds making things taste very metallic or hard to digest.
Pocket is a great way to stay organized digitally. It allows you to save articles that you were reading on your computer, tablet, or phone or that someone sent you via email. You can 'tag' content to easily search and find later. We suggest making tags such as 'nutrition', 'treatment' or 'research'. You can read an article and quickly email it to a friend / family member. It also trims out the ads and 'junk' from the article, showing you a text only view. And even more important, it downloads the article making it available offline. This means you can take the articles with you to doctors appointment on your phone or tablet - not worrying about whether you have cell phone or internet service. For a quick review of how it works and how to install on your devices see: https://getpocket.com/add/?ep=1
Meditation. We can't stress how important and how useful of a tool meditation can be. But it is important to note, that if you and your loved one are not accustomed to meditation and you are new to the practice, it is important to start early (ideally before treatments begin) so that the patient is feeling ok and has time to learn and practice. Treatments can make a patient very weak and trying to introduce a new tool in a weakened state can be difficult.
Meditation is a great way to relax the mind, calm the body and focus. It is useful for patients and caregivers alike. By focusing on your breath, it can help the body not only emotionally but physically as well.
A few helpful YouTube Videos to get you started with your meditation:
And our fifth resource comes from the American Cancer Society, Cancer & The Internet.
It is a rather lengthy article, but we recommend you skim for a few helpful tips on how to navigate cancer resources on the internet. One important topic the article does not cover that we will be diving deeper into soon is how to 'google' or search the internet about cancer, treatments, and other information.
The American Cancer Society article also provides some helpful links & information towards the end of the article.
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- CQ Team
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There are 5 things you can do NOW to aid you or your loved one in their fight against cancer and catapult action. Find those resources and their descriptions of importance listed above.