It's the least cancer-y thing, and it's given me a huge boost, not to mention encouraging others.”
Her 26th radiation treatment was June 5, and her last one is on June 15, where she’ll be giving away a wedding dress.
Nancy Irwin, a therapist and clinical hypnotist, has six suggestions for people who are waiting for test results to come back.
1) “The best way to get through that agony is to focus on others,” Irwin said. “It is the opposite of fixating on yourself, for you have done everything you can and now it is time to release. So do something for others. The further from ‘you’ it is, the better. Go serve at a soup kitchen, deliver food to AIDS patients, clean up the environment, etc. Or go visit an elderly person who is lonely. Selfless giving will allow you to release like nothing else can.”
2) “Physical exertion helps, as well. Work out, play tennis with a friend, T-ball with your kid, etc.”
3) “Change something in your environment if you can. Rearrange the furniture, paint a room, reline your drawers. This can give you a fresh perspective and lift your spirits, giving you something that you can control at this time.”
4) “Get a massage or a manicure. Buy yourself some fresh flowers. Nurturing the self at this time goes a long way in calming you.”
5) “Watch comedies. You are almost guaranteed to get your mind off yourself for a few moments when you are laughing.”
6) “And remember to focus on ‘What if everything is really OK?’ vs. the negative ‘what ifs.’”
How have you coped with waiting for medical test results to come back? If you thought you would get negative results, how did you prepare for that?
Garcia-Arcement, Nerina. Email interview. June 5, 2012.
Ashwood, Elissa. Email interview. June 5, 2012.
Irwin, Nancy. Email interview. June 5, 2012.
Reviewed June 6, 2012
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith