Chemo! Yikes! If you’re starting chemotherapy soon, you might be freaking out. But before you do, remember that lots of people have braved this path before you and many more will follow. Here’s what I learned along the way. I hope these lessons will help as you take this leap toward recovery.
1. Chemo Is Scary.
Go ahead and indulge your fears, disappointment, worries and anger. Then, pull yourself together. We all do what we have to do.
2. Chemo Is Not Poison.
It’s your lifesaving elixir. Say it with me: This concoction saves lives. So, if someone refers to it as poison in your presence, remind them of what it really is: a gift. Brilliant, inspired people have dedicated themselves to creating it. Don’t say poison
; say thank you
3. Ignore the Fine Print.
That horrific, hour-long chemo education session you have to sit through before they give you the meds? Listen to it with one ear closed. Of course, you have to know the risks. But if you take in this information too deeply, it’ll scare your pants off. It’s like listening to those laughable disclaimers they list on TV after advertisements for medicine. The U.S. is a litigious society, and doctors have to tell us all the scary stuff to avoid getting sued. But it doesn’t mean all those unlikely, crazy chemo side effects are going to happen to you. Listen politely, but indulge in a little daydreaming, too. Balance is everything.
4. Let Go.