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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.


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

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

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


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

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

Get To A Healthy Body Weight

By Nacole Ali for Pink Notes Diet is so important to aid in recovery. Remember some of the old habits have to go away and new healthy ones have to be recreated. Obese women have higher levels of circulating estrogen than women at their ideal body weight. Studies have shown an association between body mass size and breast cancer in postmenopausal women. If you are overweight speak to your doctor about recommending you to a nutritionist that can assist you. Always check with y

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

Listen and Follow The Dr's Orders

By Nacole Ali for Pink Notes During the entire process; from diagnosis to recovery, your doctor will tell you many things. Listen to your doctor. Your doctor is telling you things that apply to you and your situation. As I am sure you have heard many times "Everyone is different", and guess what it is true. So do yourself a favor, listen to your doctor. If you do choose to speak to others who are going through a similar situation, take the questions you may have, or concerns

Keeping Yourself Looking Good

By Nacole Ali for Pink Notes Looking your best when home or going out. Keep with your normal routine as much as possible. Get dressed every morning even if you are not leaving the house it will help with your overall outlook and feeling. You will be surprised how much more you get accomplished when you are dressed and ready for the world. While it seems simple, it may not be easy for everyone, so take one day at a time and try to get dressed everyday even if you are staying h