At some point during chemotherapy, you may feel:
It is normal to have a wide range of feelings while going through chemo- therapy. After all, living with cancer and going through treatment can be stressful. You may also feel fatigue, which can make it harder to cope with your feelings.
How can I cope with my feelings during chemotherapy?
Relax. Find some quiet time and think of yourself in a favorite place. Breathe slowly or listen to soothing music. This may help you feel calmer and less stressed. For more on relaxation exercises, visit Learning to Relax on the National Cancer Institute’s web site at: www.cancer.gov/about-can- cer/coping/feelings/relaxation.
Exercise. Many people find that light exercise helps them feel better. There are many ways for you to exercise, such as walking, riding a bike, and doing yoga. Talk with your doctor or nurse about ways you can exercise.
Talk with others. Talk about your feelings with someone you trust. Choose someone who can focus on you, such as a close friend, family member, chaplain, nurse, or social worker. You may also find it helpful to talk with someone else who is going through chemotherapy.
Join a support group. Cancer support groups provide support for people with cancer. These groups allow you to meet others with the same prob- lems. You will have a chance to talk about your feelings and listen to other people talk about theirs. You can find out how www.cancer.gov 11 others cope with cancer, chemotherapy, and side effects. Your doctor, nurse, or social worker may know about support groups near where you live. Some support groups also meet online (over the Internet), which can be helpful if you cannot travel. Talk to your doctor or nurse about things that worry or upset you. You may want to ask about seeing a counselor. Your doctor may also suggest that you take medication if you find it very hard to cope with your feelings.
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