Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Support from Family & Friends

Hopefully Chemotherapy restarts today, fingers crossed...

One of the many things I've learned, since being told I have Bowel Cancer, is "One Size Doesn't Fit All".

Side effects vary from person to person, in my case they often seem to be the opposite of general expectations. e.g. Rash on my legs, usual expectation...
Rash on face and upper body. 

"There are others but we all have to deal with the side effects we get!"

My most intrusive side effects were...

  1. breathlessness
  2. leg and hand cramps and
  3. sore skin


The creams and advise from Aintree Hospital - http://www.aintreehospitals.nhs.uk/ - helped considerably but, this is where one of My daughters stepped in and also helped considerably.

As I said earlier, "One Size Doesn't Fit All" but if it helps you, 
GO FOR IT!

Mandy with one of her friends ( a Pharmacist) are in to Essential oils and Aromatherapy.

When Mandy was made aware of the side effects I was suffering with she suggested I gave...

3 different Essential Oils that may help me>

Me? I'm prepared to try anything that may help. 

Her suggestions and essential oils for me to try were...

1: Deep Blue® Oil - doTERRA Essential Oils - The one for Cramps -https://www.doterra.com/GB/en_GB/p/deep-blue-oil

RESULT: Rolled the oil onto the hand, in the area I had cramp and, almost instantly the cramp went away.

That was an amazing change and not expected.

2: A Blend of these 3 oils made for my sore skin.

A: Lavender  Lavandula angustifolia - doTERRA Essential Oils - The one for skin - https://www.doterra.com/GB/en_GB/p/lavender-oil

B: Melaleuca  Melaleuca alternifolia  - doTERRA Essential Oils - can be used to cleanse and purify the skin and nails - https://www.doterra.com/GB/en_GB/p/melaleuca-oil

C: Frankincense  Boswellia Essential Oil  - doTERRA Essential Oils - https://www.doterra.com/GB/en_GB/p/frankincense-oil

My expectations had been raised and I wasn't disappointed. 

RESULT: Again the effect of this blend was almost instant and very welcome.

3: Lastly an Essential Oil to inhale and help my breathing

There are many occasions, when undergoing Chemotherapy where I suffer fro breathlessness; I was doing deep breathing pre- stairs climbing etc.' and it helped.

Mandy made this essential oil - dōTERRA Air ®  Clearing Blend Oil  - doTERRA Essential Oils - Inhale to promote feelings of easy breathing - - https://www.doterra.com/GB/en_GB/p/doterra-air-oil -  

RESULT:  a couple of deep inhales removed, almost instantly the breathlessness I'd been experiencing.

YES! I know, from my experiences so far, these may not work for everyone, however if, like me, they do, they will change your experience of those three Chemotherapy side effects.

Do let me know if you try them out and
if they work for you.

My Son, Ben also has helped the side effect of back pains.

Ben bought me Seat Wedge Cushion – Memory Foam - helps to improve posture and reduce back pain when sitting down. 

When to use it
Improve posture instantly by siting on the Seating Wedge - the sloping shape tilts the pelvis forward to help prevent slouching, straighten the spine and ease back pain.

How does it work?
Easy to use, simply place the Seating Wedge on a chair and sit on it. The gradient on the wedge means you must actively use support muscles to remain stable. This aids posture, prevents slouching and stops prolonged stress on the structures of the lower back

"It has helped so much and I no longer have back pain when driving the car."

I should point out that my family and friends have been incredibly supportive and positive. I can't thank them enough for their support!


Later this morning I'm off to see if I can restart my Chemotherapy - fingers crossed and watch this space for updates...


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