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Being a Mother with Cancer: Coping with exhaustion and change

As a cancer survivor and mother, I know firsthand how challenging it can be to adapt to change. Even as I heal and recover from the physical aspect of cancer treatment, I continue to feel exhausted from the lingering effects of chemotherapy. This page offers some insights on how you can adjust to changes in your life as a mother with cancer, stay bonded with your children and feel better about yourself.

Adjusting to Change

Find a New Hobby Together

Barbies and other outside activities can seem less appealing or even impossible while you are recovering. Find a new activity that suits your interests, and that you and your child can enjoy together such us drawing or board games.

Make Time for Discussions

Talking with your children about how they feel and asking them to share their daily experiences may offer a fresh perspective and forge a deeper bond between you and your child.

Stay Physically Active

You don't have to be super active while you are going through treatment but getting outside and going for a walk or a light yoga practice can help you feel better and improve your energy.

Chemo and Fatigue

Explain Chemo to your Children

Helping your children understand treatments like chemotherapy is important, so sit them down and explain why you're sick, what you're going through and what they can expect in the coming months.

Manage Side Effects

Some side effects of chemotherapy can make you feel fatigued and drained, but there are things you can do to help manage these symptoms. Add some rest periods throughout your day or indulge in a massage. Be aware of your limits and what triggers additional fatigue.

Fight Fatigue with Exercise and Food

Regular physical activity and healthier food choices can help you build endurance, increase energy and help with symptom management.

Recovering as a Mom

Get Enough Rest

It's challenging to juggle parenting and treatment-related tasks, but it's essential to get enough rest to help boost your energy levels and promote overall healing.

Eat Well

Eating healthy meals can help improve your energy levels, provide necessary nutrients, and support overall body function during recovery.

Take Care of Yourself

Self-care like yoga, meditation and other therapeutic interventions can help you stay calm, centered and on track with your healing and recovery journey.

Caring for Your Family while You Heal

Ask for Help, Delegate

Accepting help from family, friends, or social support networks is essential. Delegate tasks to others that you might not be able to do as efficiently due to lack of energy, a difficult schedule or physical restrictions.

Create a Support Schedule

Plan out your schedule with your loved ones' help to ensure that everyone knows what needs to be done each day, and there is no confusion about your schedule.

Plan Ahead and Streamline

Planning ahead and making changes to simplify your new routine can help you stay on track and decrease stress levels.

What You Can Do Now

Now that you have read our expert advice, it's time to put it into practice. Start adjusting to change, manage fatigue, recover while being a caring mom. Join our online support group for more tips, connect with moms who are going through similar things and share your personal account of your healing journey as a mother with cancer.

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