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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.

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3 Things To Keep You Occupied While In Treatment

By Nacole Ali for Pink Notes Depending on your diagnosis, your treatments can take several hours. You will spend time waiting in the room, or sitting in the chemo unit. Make good use of the time while you are there, it will make the time go by faster. 1. Bring Your Electronic Devices and Headphones Since you can be there for several hours, you have time to watch a good comedic movie, listen to your favorite music, or download a good audible book to listen to. Bring anything

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

Foods That Should Be In Your Kitchen To Help Fight Cancer

By Nacole Ali for Pink Notes Here are foods that should be in your kitchen. Don't only depend on medication. Please make sure you take care of your self from in side. Eat for YOUR diagnosis, not anyone else's. Remember, everyone is different, you do not know about everyone's health, you know about yours. Some fruits and vegetables may not be permitted for you, based on your health condition(s). Make sure that you do not compromise any of the medication you are taking; always

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

Ginger

By Nacole Ali for Pink Notes Ginger root contains compounds that may help relieve or prevent nausea and vomiting which can help while you are undergoing chemotherapy. These substances can increase the flow of saliva and digestive juices and may also help calm the stomach and intestine. Scientists are still unsure exactly how ginger exerts these effects. According to Sloan Kettering's website studies have shown that eating fresh ginger (but not dried ginger) in high doses can

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

What Time Is It? It's Mammogram Time

By Nacole Ali for Pink Notes It is Breast Cancer Awareness month. 1 out of 8 women in the US are diagnosed with Breast Cancer every year. Make your appointment today. Early detection saves lives. It saved mine, it can save yours too. #breastcancer #chemo #selfexam

Oh Gosh The Nausea

By Nacole Ali for Pink Notes Under chemo the body is already going through so much and some of the side effects can be unbearable. Nausea is a possible side effect. While you may be prescribed an anti-nausea mediation, perhaps you may want to consider a natural alternative. Ginger is a natural alternative. Ginger comes in many forms like, cookies, gum, ginger chips (more like little slivers of ginger), and tea. The taste of ginger can be too much for some, but a quick cup o

Eyelash Tip

By Nacole Ali for Pink Notes During chemotherapy it is common to lose hair including your eyebrows and eyelashes. Castor oil can aid in hair regrowth. Make sure you check the label and use an oil that is cold-pressed or cold-processed, as these are the indicators of a pure and all natural top of the line product. Before applying at night ensure that your face is clean. You can apply before bed time with a q-tip. Make sure your eyes are closed. Do not apply to much as castor o

Shhh Listen To Your Body

By Nacole Ali for Pink Notes Listen to your body. Eat when hungry and take note of how you react to things whether it's food, cosmetics, medication etc. it's one of the most important things you can do to speed up recovery Natural remedies may not work for everyone. Please consult your doctor prior to trying anything new. #breastcancer #meditation #chemo #nausea

Where's That Warm and Fuzzy Blanket

By Nacole Ali for Pink Notes Keeping warm is important for a few reasons. Keeping warm is better for your blood circulation any numbness you might feel and to keep colds at bay. If you are feeling cold throw on one of your stylish head scarfs, or one of your wigs if you want. You may also want to keep socks on while walking around the house. If you have hard surfaced floors it might be helpful if you wear the socks with the grippy stuff on the bottom. If you don't have any th