How well we all know; fighting breast cancer is the top priority for postmenopausal women when they have been diagnosed with this disease. I personally, can only imagine what my reaction and distress levels would be with receiving these dreaded words from my doctor.
What do I do now? Where do I turn? What about my family?
The processing of all the information and questions seem to be overwhelming and moving in slow motion.
After the initial shock of the diagnosis and the processing begins, we can then take our first steps towards recovery.
While researching about stress, exercise, and fatigue during and after breast cancer treatment, the Mayo Clinic explained that these symptoms can severely diminish the quality of life of the patient. Not only that, lets not forget the family members caring and working beside the cancer survivor. They also may experience diminished quality of life with the added stress and fatigue.
So, what can be done?
A definite plan incorporating some basic strategies during and after treatment can help cancer patients and their caregivers maintain a higher quality of life.
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You absolutely will “profit” from an exercise program. This may help keep cancer, particularly breast cancer, in remission. The American Cancer states that physical activity has been linked to a 24% decrease in the return of breast cancer, and a 34% decrease in breast cancer deaths.
What else can exercise effect?
- Lessening risk of blood clots
- Reduction of nausea and fatigue
- Strength of bones
- Control weight
- Self esteem
We are fortunate to have numerous exercise programs with a certified exercise trainer here at Bristol Village. The programs can and are developed to fit the needs of the community. Our trainer was certified last year to instruct multiple Yoga classes which definitely benefit cancer survivors as well as the general public.
The Mayo Clinic studied formal sessions that promoted physical therapy, coping strategies, addressing spiritual concerns, and deep breathing or guided imagery to reduce stress for the breast cancer survivor. It is no surprise that those who engaged in these therapies showed marked improvements at their critical time in care.
Seemingly, talking about the concern and reducing feelings of stress are most important for the recovery process to maintain a better quality of life for the breast cancer survivor.
Hopefully, these strategies will benefit you and your family and friends when that dreaded diagnosis of breast cancer is a reality.
So, join our dialogue. Let us know your strategies for relieving the stress and fatigue of the disease.
As always, I am…a concerned Boomer Explorer.