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Feeling Good Through Chemo

How lifestyle changes helped me get through chemotherapy

By Reija SillanpaaPublished 5 years ago 3 min read

Following a diagnosis of womb cancer in March 2019, I had a hysterectomy followed by six courses of chemotherapy (Paclitaxel and Carboplatin) and 25 sessions of radiotherapy. The diagnosis prompted me to make some lifestyle changes that helped me to maintain a positive outlook and feel good throughout the treatments. Here are the top ten changes.

1. Do some exercise every day. Regular exercise has a multitude of benefits, including improved cardiovascular health and lower blood pressure. It helps to maintain a healthy weight, aids sleep and strengthens the immune system. It is also beneficial for the brain and mood, too. Endorphins released during exercise help boost the mood and reduce stress and anxiety.

2. Have as much fruit and vegetables as you can. Forget five-a-day and super-size your intake. Using a juicer to make fruit and vegetable juices will also help to increase the amount of vitamins you can get. A mix of carrots, celery, turmeric, ginger, apples, and lemon makes a healthy and refreshing drink.

3. Eat less processed and sugary foods. It is easy to go for the easy option and select ready-made meals when you are busy with work and commuting but there are a range of healthy meals which are quick to cook and low in cost, too.

4. Opt for organic animal products as much as possible. Organic meat and chicken do cost more. However, if you reduce the amount of animal products and choose more vegetarian meals, then you can splash out on more expensive animal products when you have them. The texture and flavour of organic animal products is so much better than factory farmed.

5. Have some ‘me’ time every day. This could be through meditation, exercise or doing something you love. Perhaps schedule some pampering in each week. Have a hot, foamy bath or maybe give yourself a facial. Whatever it is, make sure you give some time to just you each day.

6. Pay attention to the water you drink and shower with. Tap water contains impurities such as lead, mercury and chlorine. A water filter will help to purify drinking water and you can get an ionic shower head for your shower. The ionic shower head filters out toxins and makes the water softer. They are not expensive and save you money in the long run by reducing the amount of water you use.

7. Get more sleep. Getting enough sleep is important for both physical and mental well being. Regular lack of sleep can cause obesity, poor immunity and depressions. Having a regular bedtime routine and not using electronic devices close to bedtime can help to get a good night’s sleep as can being physically active during the day.

8. Have a proper mealtime. Sitting in front of TV whilst eating your dinner on the sofa is not good for digestion. Instead try sitting at the table and listening to music or a radio programme while you have dinner. Or maybe try just talking to your partner or your family or flatmates. Try to make mealtimes quality moments.

9. Watch less TV. On average people are spending over 19 hours per week watching TV and that does not include streaming services such as Netflix. Watching hours of TV contributes to the sedentary lifestyle many people have and therefore to illnesses. Try switching off the TV and do some exercise instead.

10. Start each day with a positive thought. The power of the mind is an amazing thing. How you start the day sets the tone for the rest of your day. Training yourself to think more positively can help to maintain a positive outlook on life and have an impact on emotional health, too.


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Reija Sillanpaa

A wise person said, "Be your own audience". Therefore, I write fiction, poetry and about matters important and interesting to me. That said, I warmly welcome you into my audience.

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