NACES - Resources - Medicine Wheel - body
(The "Body" of the Medicine Wheel)
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Your search for resources can have an affect on your body. Also, how your body is feeling during and after cancer treatment can make a difference in your ability to search for the resources you need.

Fighting cancer is very hard on the body. The work it takes to get some of the resources you need can be extra hard on top of that.

Lorecita Quintana
Santo Domingo Pueblo
Dx 1989 Colon Cancer

"If you are diagnosed with cancer, there's a lot of things that will help you. A lot of people, I found out along the way, people are so helpful. Whether its physically giving you help, or emotionally. There's all sorts of types of help that you can get"

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Some of the possible side effects of cancer and cancer treatment on the body that can make it difficult to search for resources are:

  • Fatigue
  • Pain
  • Surgical incisions
  • Muscle aches and weakness
  • Lymphedema
  • Vision changes

Each of these side effects and others can interfere with your search for resources. For example:

  • You may be too tired to make several phone calls and to take notes on the information you find out.
  • You may be too sore after surgery to sit and hold the phone up to your ear.
  • If you have lymphedema, your fingers may be swollen which may make it hard to dial or push the buttons on the phone.
  • If you have vision changes you may have a hard time reading the list of places the social worker gave you to call for help.

There are things you can do to help make the search for resources easier on your body.

  • If you are sore from recovering from surgery you may want to arrange some pillows to prop you up and to support your arm while you are holding the phone.
  • If you are having vision problems or difficulty focusing your eyes on small print, try using a small magnifying glass. If you are using a computer, under "The Top Menu" select "View", then from the "Pull Down Menu" select "Text Size" and then select a text size you would like.
  • Don't do too much at one time.
  • If you are very tired, try calling about resources at the time of day that you feel strongest. Make no more than 2 to 3 short calls or 1 longer call at a time.
  • If you are beginning to feel too tired or not well during the middle of a call, be sure ask for and write down the first name of the person you are talking to. Tell them you are getting too tired to continue the call and that you will need to call them back another time.
  • If the effects of cancer or cancer treatment on your body are making it difficult to do the work needed to find resources, ask someone else to make calls for you. People often have a hard time knowing how to help and support a cancer survivor. This is one thing you can ask someone else do for you!

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