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Being a Mother with Cancer: Coping with Feelings and Fatigue

As a mother with cancer, it's hard to see the things we used to do with our children become less frequent. Now, as I recover from the chemo and get back to my normal life, my energy is still low. But there are still ways to manage those feelings. My daughter just laying next to me gives me energy . I am two months out of surgery an I am not yet okayed to workout or do anything heavy lifting , or PT I am still in pain most days but when my. daughter brings her barbies so we can play I cant resist she's 9 I don't know how much more longer she'll want to play with me.

My Experience: Adjusting to Cancer as a Mother


Strengthening the Bond

Communicating with my child about what I'm going through has helped us bond even more.

Keeping It Real

Honoring my feelings and acknowledging the challenges has been key in accepting my journey.

Sharing the Load

Asking my partner and friends for help with everyday tasks has allowed me to prioritize my health and well-being.

Learning to Accept

In accepting the things I cannot change, I've found peace and strength in the present moment.

Maintaining the Connection: Activities to Do with Children During Treatment

Indoor Activities

  • Making crafts together
  • Playing board games
  • Watching movies or reading books together

Outdoor Activities

  • Taking a walk or bike ride
  • Playing catch
  • Going to a park or beach

Creative Activities

  • Painting or drawing
  • Writing stories or making up skits
  • Baking or cooking together





Maintaining the Connection: Activities to Do with Children During Treatment

Indoor Activities

  • Making crafts together
  • Playing board games
  • Watching movies or reading books together

Outdoor Activities

  • Taking a walk or bike ride
  • Playing catch
  • Going to a park or beach

Creative Activities

  • Painting or drawing
  • Writing stories or making up skits
  • Baking or cooking together

After Cancer: Coping with Recovery and Fatigue

Setting Goals

It's important to celebrate small milestones and set new goals for continued growth and self-care.

Mindfulness Practices

Engaging in mindfulness practices such as yoga, meditation or deep breathing can help reduce anxiety and stress.

Quality Sleep

Getting enough sleep is essential for recovery and can have a huge impact on overall well-being and energy levels.

Learning and Growth

Continuing to learn and grow through books, courses, or new hobbies can provide a sense of purpose and fulfillment.

Caring for Self: Taking Care of Personal Needs During Cancer and Beyond

Nourishing Your Body

Making healthy food choices, staying hydrated, and engaging in regular exercise are all key components of self-care.

Managing Stress

Maintaining a healthy work-life balance, taking time for relaxation, and engaging in activities that bring joy and fulfillment can help reduce stress.

Seeking Support

Connecting with friends, family, or support groups can provide a sense of community and help with emotional healing.

Setting Boundaries

Knowing your limits and setting boundaries with others can help reduce stress and promote self-care.


Caring for Family: Helping Kids and Spouses Cope with Cancer

Providing Information

Keeping family members informed about your diagnosis and treatment plan can help reduce anxiety and promote understanding.

Encouraging Communication

Encouraging open and honest communication can help family members express their feelings and process their emotions.

Normalizing Feelings

Letting family members know that it's normal to feel a range of emotions can help reduce guilt and shame.

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