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Im wondering what others found most helpful to them while recovering from surgery and during chemo. I'm trying to learn about being the most helpful to my mom while she undergoes chemo and surgery. Any tools that made it easier?Foods that tasted better?

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Learning About Breast Cancer about 6 years
 
  • sharon s Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Clean her house. Bring meals bring watermelon and pineapple. Just say hello. Don't keep asking how are you. It's likely to be obvious. Buy her a bright hoodie or two zipper type for post surgery and the hoodie for chemo. This is also best for chemo. Loose tshirts with a wide neckline or shirt with buttons. I eventually couldn't do buttons up though. This last bit is only important if she will need access to a port for a good while. Best.
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  • Betti A Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2013
    Being there and listening would probably help your mom. As to foods that tastes better; everyone is different. I found there were things I normally would eat but didn't taste as good during chemo. so it was a matter of finding what did taste good.
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    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Everyone gave you great advise I would only add love but don't smother. Have some no cancer days.
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    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Get out the blender. I liked cold drinks and made many out of fruit and water. Even made coffee shakes when I wasn't up for eating much. Nutrient dosed foods is best to keep her body and blood working for her. I bought a vegan rich nutritonal drink mix from vitamin shop for bad days. Often have this for breakfast now.
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  • Leah Fortune Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 4 Patient
    Water water water for chemo. You never know what you want I ate bland food. Surgery main thing I wanted was a recliner or good chair to sleep in a pillow for my arm and something for the drains. Those hurt it they fall or snag.
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  • Sharon Danielson Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2007
    All of the above!!! Excellent advice. Do not get hurt feelings is your mom refuses to eat foods that she would normally like. I could not believe how my taste changed during chemotherapy!!!! I had cravings for certain foods and rejected others. Sometimes your sense of smell is also effected and things normally smelling delicious are nauseating during chemo. Don't get frustrated. Fix her whatever she will eat. I craved greens and I mean everything green and leafy! So, that is what I ate. It is not going to effect her one way or the other eating weird during this time. Don't put additional pressure on her to "eat-a-balanced-diet" as it will be nearly impossible. Just push fluids which is extremely important during chemotherapy. She can also drink "Ensure" which will help give her nutrients and fluids at the same time. Nobody cares if she eats Pop-Tarts, and hotdogs! You are wonderful to be caring for Mom during this tough time. Take care, Sharon
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  • Michelle Schaefer Profile
    anonymous
    Patient
    For surgery get her a lanya and two or three large safety pins to hold drains while showering or if she doesnt like camisole. Best thing I found. Chemo make sure to keep in contact with drs. and hydrate and make her eat
    about 6 years Flag
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      anonymous
      Patient

      lanyard to hold drains

      about 6 years Flag

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