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8)I still had to do my own housework.(Don't get me wrong,my husband was the best, and helped me when he could) I have a condition called Lymphedema. I have to be very careful with my right arm. It swells when I work it too much,which is hard on me since I am right-handed. I haven't lost strentgh in it,but I don't have the grip that I used to,and it's not as flexible. I truly recommend Oxiclean products. They are the best! I don't have to put a lot of stress on my arm to have a clean house. KaBoom works great in the bathroom! Oxiclean powder gets the stains out of cloths,(remember I have a toddler,who likes Ovaltine) without scrubbing.

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9) Talk to your doctor about being fitted for Lymphedema garment, before your arms start swelling. My therapist said that what some doctors are doing before the surgery. I wish that would have been my case. (My therapist, Vicki was wonderful, but it was a big inconvenience, going into town everyday, especially if there was a long ferryline,and finding someone who would take time out of their day to take me ,Junior,and also entertain him for an hour and a half.) Vicki would give me a massage (which was great) to get the swelling down and wrap my arm up with a lot of padding. It's hard to bathe, put makeup on, and if it's hot outside..... Let's put it this way, it's uncomfortable.

I found this article at Yoga Journal

Calm Cure

Yogic breathing and gentle poses help keep the body's lymph fluid circulating.

By Michelle Stewardson

When Kim Golding of Fremont, California, developed swelling in her arm several months after her mastectomy, she wasn't completely surprised. Her doctor had warned her that the surgery would increase the likelihood of lymphedema—a sometimes-painful accumulation of fluid in the soft tissues. But what did surprise her was the remedy: In addition to a massage technique known as manual lymph drainage, Golding's therapist recommended yoga.

The lymphatic system is the body's network of vessels and nodes that circulates lymph—a transparent fluid rich in white blood cells that forms an important part of the body's immune system and helps remove toxins. The system pumps fluid through the body several times a minute, with assistance from the muscles. "When the lymphatic system operates at its optimum, it's like a free-flowing river, running with no rocks or diversions," says Jane Verdurmen Peart, yoga instructor at Stanford Cancer Supportive Care Program, part of the Stanford University Medical Center in Palo Alto, California.

But when lymph nodes are removed or damaged—as a result of surgery, trauma, or infection—the flow is disrupted and excess fluid builds up. This stagnant fluid not only causes tissues to swell but also reduces the amount of oxygen available to the lymphatic system, interfering with wound healing and increasing the risk of infection. If not treated properly, lymphedema can result in permanent disability. Most often the swelling occurs in the arms or legs, but occasionally it is found in other parts of the body.

Letting Lymph Flow
By fostering relaxation, a yoga practice can reduce the incidence of lymphedema. "Since the lymphatic system is challenged whenever the body or mind is stressed," says Peart, "achieving a deeper state of relaxation has a positive impact on the system." In addition, she says, practicing yoga keeps the fluid pumping through the body, rather than accumulating.

Lisa Gilbourne, a seven-year cancer survivor and studio codirector of Bikram Yoga College of India in Jacksonville, Florida, learned the benefits of yoga firsthand. After being diagnosed with cancer at age 27 and receiving treatment, she returned to a retail job that kept her on her feet all day. She soon developed lymphedema in her legs, which worsened to an infection and unbearable pain. Switching to a desk job didn't help the problem, but yoga brought almost instant relief. "Lymphedema is not something you can cure, you have to manage it," Gilbourne says. "Doing yoga every day helps undo the effects of sitting and standing for long periods of time."

If you're considering starting a yoga practice either to prevent lymphedema or to treat it, it's a good idea to work with a certified lymphedema therapist. (If you've already been diagnosed with the condition, always wear a bandage or a compression garment during any form of exercise.) And be sure to take it slow, advises Michelle Robinson, founder and yoga director of MindBodyZone in Fremont, California. "Simple poses like forward folding, lateral movements, and gentle breathing will help to stimulate the lymph flow."

If your leg muscles begin to ache, elevate your feet or legs immediately, says Robinson. "The most important thing is to listen to your body and not to overstimulate or tire the muscles," she cautions. "Overdoing it can cause a buildup of fluid, which is exactly what you're trying to avoid."

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10) I owe a great deal to "The Simpsons","The Wiggles",and Disney channel. They helped entertain my son and me,when I just couldn't get out of bed. I watched a lot of black and white TV shows also. In those old show, like "I Love Lucy" and "The Andy Griffith Show",everybody was nice,looked after you,and no one died. You could escape for awhile,and feel like a kid again.

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11)Taxotere or Taxol, really clogged my sinuses up. I used Vicks vapor rub on the bottom of my feet,and wore socks. I read that it works for colds, so I gave it  a shot. It did help,but I also put some under my nose. I also drank heated ginger ale. That help me alot with nausea,and clearing my head.

12)Chemo days are long days. First you have your blood drawn. Wait an hour or so, and see the doctor. After that, either you are waitting chemo to begin,(Once I waited 2 hours. That was a 6 hour day.) or getting treatment. You are stuck there either way. Bring a few magazines,books, handheld games,or take a nap.  This is where those books on tape come in real handy.This goes for you and if someone goes with you. The chemo room should have nice recliners,magazines, and TVs, but they may have on something you have no interest in. I always carried a newspaper, and sewing crafts, Inc.


13)I checked with "BareNecessities", to see if they had any bras that they
would recommend to Breast Cancer patients. Here is the email I
Thanks for your note, Francesca! The Sleep Top  would be
recommended for breast cancer patients. There are probably a few more which I will forward when I receive those recommendations from our merchandising team.Please let me know if I can assist you with any additional  questions.Best regards, Keira Lim


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