Side Effects and Support

Author: Shannon Miller

Having a support system is key when going through anything traumatic, especially cancer. Someone to bring you a cold washcloth when you’re feeling sick, a good friend to bring food for the family when you don’t feel up to cooking. And probably the most important thing of all, having someone there to simply listen when you have questions, when you’re scared, angry, or just want to complain a bit.

Whether it’s a community group, an online community, family, friends, or a mixture of all, it’s important to surround yourself with a positive support system that can help you through this difficult time.

I continue to be amazed at how my emotions change so drastically from day to day. We all need someone there to listen and remind us of the bigger picture. One little trick that has seemed to help me  is writing myself a note on my good days like “Today I feel good, I have energy and it’s fantastic!” Then when I start a rough cycle and I hit those really bad days I see that note and remind myself that good days are just around the corner.

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