Getting Past the Fear: A Guide to Help You Mentally Prepare for Chemotherapy

Getting Past the Fear: A Guide to Help You Mentally Prepare for Chemotherapy

by Nancy Stordahl


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Have you heard the words, you have cancer? Have you also heard the words, you need chemotherapy? Are you feeling stunned, overwhelmed and afraid?

If you are facing chemotherapy for the first time, reading this guide is the next best thing to talking with someone who's been there. It offers practical tips on how to self-advocate, deal with hair loss, buy a wig, journal and more. It explains what to expect on that first chemo day and offers helpful strategies on how to mentally prepare before you begin. It will help you get past your fear - at least a little bit past it. And sometimes a little turns out to be a lot.

Don't begin chemotherapy without first reading this guide!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780615955926
Publisher: Nancy Stordahl
Publication date: 03/31/2014
Pages: 76
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.16(d)

About the Author

Nancy Stordahl is a freelance writer, former educator and author of the well-respected blog Nancy's Point where she shares candidly about her personal breast cancer experience. She writes extensively about her diagnosis and treatment, hereditary cancer, survivorship, advocacy, grief and loss.

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Getting Past the Fear: A Guide to Help You Mentally Prepare for Chemotherapy 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is short, easy to read, with small chunks of information to digest at a time. It's perfect for someone who is overwhelmed by a new diagnosis and everything that happens at the beginning of treatment. The most important message that is repeated throughout the book is that each person has their own unique experience and their own unique feelings and that there is no right way to feel or respond, self-acceptance, self-care, and asking for help are important at such a stressful time. The author gives the reader permission to feel their own feelings, with a healthy but gentle reminder that their experience also impacts those around them. I would like to have seen a tiny bit more detail explaining why someone would need a port versus getting an IV placed each time, this is an important consideration for the type of chemo being given, but it is something that can and should be explained by the doctor. The author should be commended for discussing the importance of nutrition, managing fatigue, and continuing to exercise during chemotherapy and while she briefly mentions the fact that there is a growing body of evidence that supports these things as important to maintain health during and after treatment, this will play a bigger part in the future of cancer treatment.