An Essential Accompaniment For People Diagnosed With Cancer or Coping With Chemo Brain
[A guest post by Cancer Nurse Rach]
I was so excited when I found it!
The ultimate, essential accessory to help people cope with cancer and chemo brain and accompany them throughout their journey – The Grace Files Care + Notes journal.
Well… I’ve been a Cancer Nurse for over 26 years now. During that time, I have learnt that people with cancer need to be supported by a multitude of measures to help them get through their journey and the effects of chemotherapy and cancer treatments.
One of my jobs as a cancer nurse, when I first meet a patient, is to sit down with them and guide them through the process of what to expect, how they might feel and what they can do to help themselves get through their treatment better.
One of the first suggestions I make is for the patient to get themselves a journal or planner so that they can keep everything they are going to need in one place. There’s no question about it — it’s essential! Keeping organised whilst undergoing cancer treatment, I can tell you, is hugely beneficial, especially if you have access to an excellent, practical journal.
You will need to have a place where you can write down appointments, health team details, your medications and treatments, what symptoms you experience and so on. These are just a few of the fundamentally important bits of information you’ll need to keep a record of.
Not only am I a believer in being organised, but I also think that having somewhere to write down your thoughts, feelings or goals is a vital part of the process of healing and coping with any life challenge. The act of journaling is such a valuable process for you (the person with cancer) to adopt and will definitely contribute to a more positive experience.
I understand that not everyone likes to, or has the time to write things down or journal. Not all of us have kept journals throughout our life but life has now thrown up a huge challenge to you, so I say, it is really worth giving writing, recording, planning and journaling a go.
What Is ‘Chemo Brain’ And How Can The Care + Notes Journal Benefit When Coping With Chemo Brain?
For those of you who have begun your cancer treatment and are having chemotherapy than you will understand that one of the side effects of chemo is ‘Chemo Brain’. This is brain fogginess when you have difficulties with your memory. During this time, you will forget things, names, appointments — many things so it becomes important to get into the habit of writing everything down. If you don’t then yes, your life may become a little harder. This is another reason that keeping a journal helps you to manage your life and cope so much better.
I highly recommend the Care + Notes Journal as an essential item to accompany you through your cancer journey and help you when coping with the effects of chemo brain.