Before undergoing chemotherapy, I was understandably terrified. The nurse gave me some written materials on chemotherapy in advance of the first treatment. But these readings only provided facts; they didn’t prepare me emotionally for what was to come, nor did they address my fears or calm me down.
This is the case for many, many patients.
This is why those about to undergo chemotherapy should read Nancy Stordahl’s excellent, informative e-book Getting Past the Fear: A Guide to Help You Mentally Prepare for Chemotherapy.
This terrific resource offers sound advice for those new to chemotherapy. Stordahl addresses the common fears people have regarding this treatment, and she offers readers advice on how to cope with these fears. The book also suggests ways for patients to make life physically and emotionally easier for them before and during chemotherapy.
One such piece of advice includes accepting help from others, which is so very important. Many would-be and current patients are often so concerned with taking care of others, they wind up neglecting themselves. Stordahl insightfully notes, “This is the time to stop taking care of everyone else, at least temporarily. This is the time to ask for what you need and to be as specific as possible in what you ask for.”
The book covers the elements of self-care, such as good nutrition, coping with fatigue, as well as exercising. Stordahl also discusses how keeping a journal is therapeutic, as is taking a vacation to physically get away and give oneself a break.
With her usual candor and high-quality prose, Stordahl addresses the sensitive and very difficult topic of hair loss, particularly for women. The book conveys to readers that it’s acceptable to grieve the loss of one’s hair.
This book provides excellent questions that patients can ask their oncologist and offers information on taking a chemo class, something I never even knew I could do. She also discusses what readers can expect when the first big day of chemotherapy treatment arrives.
Nancy’s authenticity comes through – whether she’s offering advice to patients, their caregivers, or discussing her own treatments. Her writing style is as clear and authentic as it is in her Nancy’s Point blog. The e-book’s various topics have links to related Nancy’s Point blog posts, giving readers convenient access to excellent information, just with the click of a mouse.
I wish I had this must-read before I underwent chemotherapy. I would’ve been better emotionally prepared for this difficult treatment protocol, and perhaps I would’ve been better able to manage my fear. I highly recommend this book to anyone going through chemotherapy and their loved ones.
To purchase this e-book, click here.
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