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The following Blog entries are tips and tricks for dealing with side effects as a breast cancer patient, Please be advised everyone has different medical needs. Before doing anything please consult your doctor prior to trying anything new.


Loving Your Skin and Moisturizing

By Nacole Ali for Pink Notes Did you know applying lotion to your body helps stimulate blood circulation and new cell generation? It also can reduce skin problems with everyday use. Keeping your body moisturized is especially important for breast cancer patients. As you know chemotherapy kills good cells and bad cells including the cells that affect growth of skin cells. Chemo treatment may result in your skin becoming dry, sensitive, and or irritated. Try using something

Why Drink Alkaline Water?

By Nacole Ali for Pink Notes All water is not created equal. Each brand has a different way in which they source and bottle the water. What's important? The pH balance as well as the bottle in which it comes in. What you might already know is water is good for hydration and purification of the body. Besides the things we have learned about H2O and pH balance in school; many studies have shown the benefit to water with higher pH balances. Drinking alkaline water can help to re

Why You Should Ditch Plastic Bottles: Summer Safety Tip

By Nacole Ali for Pink Notes You are more than likely to be exposed to many plastic products on a daily basis. We are often told to drink more water, spring water in particular. Plastic bottles are all made from chemicals. As stated on the site research suggests that all plastics may leach chemicals if they're scratched or heated. Research also strongly suggests that at certain exposure levels, some of the chemicals in these products, such as bisphenol A (B

Remember to Breath......Exhale.....

By Nacole Ali for Pink Notes Patient or Caregiver, first thing first and that's you. You have to take care of you. You can not help anyone else if you have don't take care of you. I know you have people depending on you but the truth is - if you don't take care of you first then you may not be here to take care of others that you love. As you go through the emotional roller coaster you will quickly realize something's are not that important anymore and other things will qui

Put The Stress To Rest

By Nacole Ali for Pink Notes As a patient or a caregiver your body is undergoing a high level of stress. There are so many changes happening and you trying to figure out so many things. You may have bills you did not anticipate, taking on the emotional state of others around you, your job, finances, mobility, etc. It is so important that you try your best to manage the stress level. Ask for help around the house, ask for rides so you do t have to deal with driving yourself or

Music For The Soul Can Be Healing

Without a doubt, music can be healing. For many people music takes them on a journey. When you are feeling down, or just not yourself, put on your favorite tunes. Play music that takes you to your happy place. Chemo sessions can be long, make sure you have your headphones and your playlist ready. It will help the time go by. If you are a caregiver or a supporter; those of you that are smartphone savvy give a gift of music by purchasing an itunes or amazon gift card. If they a

Glass vs Plastic

By Nacole Ali for Pink Notes While glass maybe heavier, go with glass if you can. Glass is overall a safer bet than plastic. Glass can be safely used for hot foods or liquids. Ceramic, stoneware or stainless steel containers can also be used in liu of plastic. There are no health concerns using and reusing glass as it does not pose harmful risks to environmental or personal health. If using glass in some cases is not reasonable, then try and use BPA FREE plastic containers. B

Write It Down

By Nacole Ali for Pink Notes During this process you will have so many different doctors appointments, and other things to remember. If you are smartphone savvy put your appointments in your phone with as much detail as possible. You may forget somethings as some experience "chemo brain" aka forgetfulness. Your doctors appointments, their names, their specialty, their address, phone number, etc. should be written down in a place where others can get to it, if you are unable.

Nothing Like Warm and Comfy Socks

By Nacole Ali for Pink Notes During or shortly after chemo you may experience peripheral nephropathy; a nerve disorder that can cause weakness, numbness, tingling, and pain, in your feet and or hands. It is a common chemotherapy side effect. Walking barefoot around the house may be uncomfortable, so invest in soft socks with grip on the bottom to avoid slipping. When your friends ask you what you want or need - say comfy socks. Even if you don't have to have chemo and you don

No Underwire

By Nacole Ali for Pink Notes If you have to breast surgery, following your surgery more than likely your doctor will advise against wearing any bra with underwire. There are special bras that are designed to help with discomfort. Word to the wise, depending on the type of surgery, you may want to get a few front closure bras as your range of motion may not be what it was prior to surgery at least for a few weeks. Try not to get bras that stop right under the breast but a litt

A Cool Cucumber Tip

Cucumber helps soothe muscle and aids with joint pain. All those vitamins and minerals in cucumber make it a powerful enemy of muscle and joint pain. Cucumber also has silica which is known to be the wonder mineral in cucumber that makes hair and nails stronger. Add cucumber to your salad or just eat it by its self and enjoy the benefits. #cancer #breastcancer #cucumber #cleaneating

How Swimming Can Help With Lymphedema

By Nacole Ali for Pink Notes Lymphedema can definitely put a damper on some activities depending on your individual case and your level of activity. Keeping it at bay is important. Do some research and take note of some things that you can do to keep your hand or arm from swelling up. One thing that is recommended it keeping the weight down. Keeping your weight down will help you recover and lower chances for re-occurrence, so it's not a bad idea. Studies have also shown tha

Turmeric Maybe Beneficial For You

By Nacole Ali for Pink Notes Studies have shown that Turmeric helps prevent several forms of cancer including breast, lung, stomach, liver, and colon because of its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. According to various studies Turmeric can help stop the development of cancer by interfering with the cellular signaling aspects of the chronic disease. However if you are currently getting chemotherapy please consult your doctor as turmeric may have an adverse effect

A Little Self Love Can Save Your Life

By Nacole Ali by Pink Notes Cancer can spread and spread quickly. A few extra minutes in the shower can save your life. You know your body better than anyone else. Make sure you take care of it. Give yourself the gift of self love and do a self breast exam every couple of months. You won't regret it. There is nothing to be embarrassed about. #breastcancer #cancer #selfexam #health #loveyourself #selflove #live

Be Your Valentine

By Nacole Ali for Pink Notes There is no better Valentine than you. While you are in the shower, give yourself the gift of love and do a self breast exam. It doesn't take much time at all. It can save your life. Mammograms are not suggested until the age of 40 (I disagree), but you can do self exams on your own. Especially if there is someone in your family who has had Breast Cancer, I strongly recommend or if you are someone who tends to have cystic breast. Because most youn

Your Mind Is Your Business So Meditate

By Nacole Ali for Pink Notes Meditation is a practice where an individual trains the mind or induces a mode of consciousness. Meditation will help you to calm your mind and help center you. If you are not familiar with meditation, there are guided meditations on itunes and there may be some podcasts that may interest you. With all that you think about it is important to keep your stress levels down during this time in your life whether you are a patient or a caregiver. Take c

Get Moving and Exercise

By Nacole Ali for Pink Notes Start the year off right with exercise. You may not feel like you have energy, and your fatigue is at an all time high but its important to do as much as you can. It is so important to keep moving. Push as hard as you can even if it is taking on a flight of stairs, or parking the car a little further than you normally would. You don't have to go to a gym, but get out ans walk as much as you can. Track yourself with a fitbit and challenge yourself

Love Yourself Like No One Else

By Nacole Ali for Pink Notes Loving yourself is so important. It is not selfish to put you first. As a matter of fact if you don't put you first everything else in your life will suffer including your health. If you don't have your health you can not share your self with anyone else. So love yourself first, do what you need to do to take care of your. Don't depend on others to take care of you, unless you have to. Early detection saves lives. Call your doctor and schedule yo

It's True Men Have Breast Too

By Nacole Ali for Pink Notes Did you know men are also impacted by breast cancer? According to Sloan Kettering Caner Center about 2,000 new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed in men every year in the United States. Men who develop breast cancer often do so later in life, around the ages of 65 to 70. 100's of men pass away every year from this disease. Please talk to your doctor about warning signs and how you can give yourself a breast exam at home. All breast matter. Hel

Forgetful ? Forgetful Not?

By Nacole Ali for Pink Notes Having some memory issues? Have one book that you write in - preferably one with sections. Write down things as your think of them and re read them on a daily basis so you can keep track. Sometimes there are so many things being told to you and all you hear is blah blah blah and you don't even remember to ask the questions you had. Take your notebook with you everywhere or use the notes app in your smart phone - it helps. You may also be able to f