1. When your feet hit the floor in the morning, think of one thing to be grateful for (I know it’s not chemo).
2. Take it one day at a time. I’m a planner and that was hard for me at first. But when you realize you’ve had 3 chemotherapy sessions and are down to 5 more, it’s bearable to know you are almost to the halfway point.
3. Involve your family in the countdown process. I personally had 8 chemo sessions scheduled. My kids at the time were 7 & 8. I bought 2 decks of cards and took out the face cards.
Each face card had a value:
- Ace – we went out to dinner
- King – we went to the movies
- Queen – we ordered a pizza
- Jack – we went to the dollar store so the kids could each get something.
Every time I had chemo, we picked a card, we did whatever we had assigned each card and it was cool to see the number of cards diminish! Each card pulled was one step closer to the finish line!
4. Treat yourself to a massage! Your body is going through so much. Go get some TLC. You won’t believe what a game changer a massage can be both mentally and physically.
5. Find one thing EVERY DAY to have a belly laugh over. That’s one of my house rules.
6. This is all temporary. Plan something you want to do when it’s all over and put it into motion whether it is a trip with your family, friends, a shopping spree – whatever. Have something to look forward to. The reward is getting your life back, so enjoy it!