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  1. Would agree only if by meditation you mean breath work (observing the breath). Otherwise it may tie into dogma and nobody needs more dogma. Breathwork mediation has been shown to help the nervous system in positive ways. No dogma necessary.

  2. Thin, fit, former personal trainer here. It truly isn’t easy for everyone to lose weight. The older you are, the harder it is. If you are a female beyond menopause it’s very, very difficult.

  3. I cleared a bed of pachysandra with a garden fork. It spreads by rhizomes (underground roots) so lifting them out without breaking bits of it off is important. The rhizomes aren't very deep. Get your fork down about 7 inches and pry up the soil, letting the plants stay on the tines. Give it a shake to free the soil. I gave mine away to a neighbor who wanted them. Over the next year, I had to pull out a few stragglers that popped up, but 99% were gone. Good luck!

  4. Came here to say this, too. Walking isn’t as hard on the joints. There is not as much pounding and wear and tear.

  5. I was awake but felt zero pain. Some big time drugs were given lol

  6. I use a magnesium oil spray daily to manage my joint pain and the leg cramps. A friend with rheumatoid arthritis recommended it. It doesn’t completely eliminate the pain, but considerably lessens it (80%).

  7. I have joint pain too... ovarian suppression and aromatase inhibitors. I think I might have some residual neuropathy left from chemo as well.

  8. Ugh. I know. I’m in the same boat. Just trying to figure out what’s causing it and what might help it.

  9. JD Tire is my go to. Great local, family business.

  10. I started acupuncture after finishing chemo. I had lingering pain (neuropathy?) and I was pleasantly surprised that it went away within a few treatments. I go every 2 weeks, and now am using it to manage my tamoxifen/Lupron induced hot flashes, and some non-cancer reasons(general stress, upper back pain). I will say that my acupuncturist is amazing and I think a good (or bad) acupuncturist can make or break your experience.

  11. I’m also curious whether it’s contraindicated for those of us who had all our lymph nodes removed?

  12. I did six session that my cancer center offered for free, to try to manage tamoxifen side effects (hot flashes, joint pain). I asked the acupuncturist (who works exclusively with cancer patients) not to put needles in the arm where I had lymph nodes removed. He mostly put needles in my legs but did say that he has never had anyone have a problem from acupuncture needles in the arm that is a lymphedema risk. I was too nervous to even risk it. I felt like I got some benefits while going through the series of six but haven't looked into finding someone for ongoing treatment. It's been about a month and I am definitely noticing more joint pain again. My insurance doesn't cover it so I'm not sure what I will do.

  13. Same. I won’t risk it. I’m Asking to stick to other pets of my body

  14. Cancer absolutely is horrible but it DID teach me a few very important lessons about boundaries. I had lived my whole life trying to please people. Family, work, friends. I always helped out. If someone was in need I dropped everything and ran to help.

  15. I’ve heard great things about teksavvy’s cabled internet as well.

  16. In the UK, candy-covered chocolates are called Smarties, and sweetened chalk pellets are called Rockets.

  17. My best advice is to do EXACTLY as her radiation oncologist recommends. They will give her a handout with the recommended creams for her. They also have tons of experience with different skin types and can make the best recommendations. Everyone is different so they will have the very best advice.

  18. I walked for two hours every day (one in the morning and one in the evening) and my radiation oncologist thinks that's why I didn't feel any fatigue.

  19. I also continued walking every day throughout and only experienced one day of excessive fatigue.

  20. I’m not a teacher, nor do I work in education but I support people’s right to strike. Especially when so grossly underpaid for the work they do.

  21. So cute. Many cavachons look so similar and remind me of my beloved girl.

  22. I’m getting a more liberal minded “to each his own” mindset since cancer but I have to admit that it rubs me the wrong way. I think I have a problem with people making one thing their entire identity. That stands for cancer survivors too (only my personal approach and not meant as a criticism for anyone who chooses otherwise).

  23. Breast fed two babies. One for over a year. Never on the pill. Never smoked, barely drank, thin, athletic (was a personal trainer at one point), exercise every day, impeccable diet, taught and practiced meditation. Took tumeric, juiced and all the rest of it. Still got stage three BC. How’s that for frustrating? I double dog dare any cancer muggle to say “have you tried…”. I’ve got a big knuckle sandwich waiting for those comments.

  24. It’s a chain from England that had expanded into Canada at the time. They sold clothing and some British foods.

  25. Third for biotin. I was completely bald until I started taking it. I was getting pretty spooked.

  26. I had IDC ER/PR+. I also was supposed to (by my oncologist) told to take it for 5 years. I made it 2.5. I was 48 and already had children. Tamoxifen is no joke. It definitely messes with your hormones and quality of life. And I wish it was as simple as “taking a little pill for 5 years” it wasn’t like that at all for me. It made my everyday life miserable! You can keep your body healthy with diet and exercise. Do a deep dive into an anti inflammatory diet or a “cancer diet”.

  27. Not to be a downer but I followed every single guideline to prevent cancer including diet, lifestyle and exercise and still got cancer. If it wants in there, for genetic or environmental reasons, it will get in there. I still follow a very healthy lifestyle but all those books and diets and coaches promising to evade cancer can’t guarantee anything.

  28. Yes! For my first year out from chemo (TCH), I got pins and needles all over my body if I was hot for any reason. I had to take lukewarm showers. It had gotten better over time (the first summer was brutal). Sadly, five years out, it’s getting worse again. Sometimes I get pins and needles in one place on my back I can’t reach. I have a back scratcher for it. I think it’s nerve damage from chemo. I was er/pr negative, so no Tamoxifen or other such treatments. And I have never been able to take very warm/hot showers since.

  29. Interesting. I’m digging around and although it’s rare, it does happen. Lucky us. Sigh. Honestly I’m about full up of symptoms, thanks. Would like to just move on. I can probably make peace with most of it, I just wish they told us more about what to possibly expect.

  30. I haven’t been on tamoxifen long but every once in awhile when I’m tired or stressed the hot flash is uncomfortable. I’m not sure pins and needles describes it but definitely itchy and extra sweaty for me. I usually try to sit down for a bit and take it as a sign I’ve hit my limit for the day since I’m still recovering for everything since I finished active treatment in September.

  31. Hmm. I only finished active treatment in October. I’ll have to watch to see if excess exercise contributes.

  32. I also had skin involvement with my BC and it started growing on the outside of my skin as well as my internal tumours and lymph nodes. I had PCR after Chemo with NED at time of surgery but had a double mastectomy with lymph nodes removed (fully) on one side. They also did 15 rounds of radiation to mop up some precancerous cells. Today I am clear and just doing herceptin and tamoxifen to keep it away.

  33. Walmart has bed wedges for twenty bucks a pop (maybe less in the US). I got two and slept like that.

  34. I was given narcotics to deal with the pain and I needed it. Get on top of that pain fast or it can become unmanageable.

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