One of the things that scared me the most during my breast cancer process was the fact that I was going to have to go through chemotherapy. When I first found out that I’d need chemo, I panicked and spent hours and hours on the phone with friends and family members who all generously helped calm me down by offering words of support and strength.
But I’m a big reader and researcher and I love to have as much information on hand as possible about every decision I need to make so I wish I’d had a guide book to help me through the process.
Now there is a book available for anyone who will be going through chemotherapy, which was written by a fellow breast cancer blogger, Nancy Stordahl who writes about her breast cancer experience at Nancy’s Point.
Nancy recently published the book “Getting Past the Fear” which is a guide to help you mentally and emotionally prepare for the process of going through chemotherapy. In Nancy’s words:
“My hope is that all who read “Getting Past the Fear” will be able to face chemo for the first time feeling a bit more empowered and a bit less fearful.”
The book offers both practical and emotional advice on how to face the process of going through chemotherapy, including these topics:
- Questions to ask your oncologist before starting chemo
- Processing through the news that you need chemo and acknowledging your true feelings
- What to expect on your first chemo day (this was a big concern for me as I had no idea what would happen)
- Tips for how to take care of yourself throughout the duration of your chemo treatments
- How to tend to your partners needs during the process
- How to cope with losing your hair (not losing your hair is also addressed)
- How to calm yourself down during this overwhelming process
- How to find support during chemo
- Looking forward to life after treatment
Most importantly, Nancy explains all of this in a very comforting way as if you were talking to a close friend about the whole daunting process.
If you or anyone you know has been diagnosed with breast cancer and will be going through chemotherapy, I would recommend this book as a helpful and caring resource to help you navigate the waters. It would also be great if you would consider buying a copy of the book and donating it to your local cancer center or hospital.
I know that my cancer center had a reading center with books and pamphlets for anyone to check out, which I took full advantage of. “Getting Past the Fear” would be a great addition to any cancer center and would be a valuable resource for anyone going through chemotherapy treatments. I ordered a copy of Nancy’s book and am going to donate it to my breast cancer center at my next 6 month oncologist checkup.