Fun in the Sun - Breast Cancer Style
be a bit different if you are sporting a bald head or trying to get used
to a new prosthesis.
of bobbing for the boob in the local swimming pool are funny to hear,
but a little embarrassing if you are the one doing the "follow the
for getting the most out of the season:
plenty of water. Chemo, radiation and many medications tend to make
you dehydrated. Add summer sun to the equation and you could wind up
spending you night cooling off in the local emergency room.
- Wear lots
of sunscreen. Some of the treatments for breast cancer create a condition
known as photosensitivity. You react to sunlight by getting rashes or
other alarming symptoms. Piling on tons of clothes or staying indoors
would be a shame, but when you do venture out - take appropriate precautions.
that beautiful bald head. Even with sunscreen, your scalp is not used
to getting a lot of sun and a sunburn is definitely not what the doctor
swimming? Think about your new equipment. Make sure that if you wear
a prosthesis, you have it secured in your bathing suit. There are plenty
of places that offer attractive post mastectomy suits that will do the
job. A little waterproof adhesive is a good insurance policy.
overdo it. Try to remember that you are healing in many ways and that
takes a lot of your energy. Plan your day so that you get plenty of
rest between outings.
stay indoors and feel sorry for yourself. Mental state has a lot to
do with healing. You may not feel like going bareheaded or sweating
under a wig, but the first time is the hardest and it does get better.
If anyone stares, just give them a big smile. You are getting better
and enjoying being alive. Who cares if that attracts a glance or two!
skip the swimming pool or the beach because you might feel awkward.
You'll get over the strange feeling while you're having fun splashing
let silly comments get to you. We all know that people can be insensitive...
sometimes with the kindest intentions. If you are strong enough to battle
breast cancer, you are absolutely strong enough to tune out dumb remarks.
- Be prepared
for questions - especially from children. Meet them with honest responses.
You have a disease and you are getting better and the treatments that
make you better sometimes do odd things to your body. It's the price
you pay for staying alive... not such a bad tradeoff.
how lucky you are to be with the people you cherish - doing things that
bring you pleasure.
breast cancer entails some adjustments, but you can use that survivor's
sense of humor to enjoy the summer. See you at the beach!
updated March 31, 2006
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