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Scan Time Again

Scanxiety grips you. It’s that time when you are nearing scans and tests and then the wait for results! Even in life after cancer treatment it doesn’t go away. It should get easier but when checkup scan day nears you become tight chested, there can be tears and you are a bundle of anxiety and stress. You are irritable, …

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Emotional Health

Feelings of depression, anxiety, and fear can strike at any time and are very common and normal responses to a cancer diagnosis. They have a huge impact on most patients, families, and caregivers which can be a big problem. Changes in body image can affect self-esteem, pain, nausea, or fatigue from treatment and fear of death and the …

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Keep Moving

It is important to ‘keep moving’. Being physically active can improve the side-effects of treatment and prevent long-term side-effects.  Before starting an exercise program chat with your medical team particularly if you have bone cancer or if you have any persistent treatment-related side effects, such as lymphoedema (swelling caused by a build-up of lymphfluid), shortness of breath, …

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Rollercoaster Day

Friday, August 16 is Rollercoaster Day, a day to celebrate riding a rollercoaster for thrill seekers. Cancer patients often describe their life as a rollercoaster of emotions, not the thrill seeker kind. Depression, anxiety, and fear can strike at any time leaving you feeling wiped out and drained. Today, if you are feeling like you are on …

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Relaxation Day

Thursday 15th in Relaxation Day, letting go of the stress and doing something that soothes you. Cancer is difficult, emotionally and physically. Slow down… breathe, and relax. Relaxation Day is all about winding down and just taking it easy. Turn your phone off, light some candles, punch a cardboard cut-out of your nemesis, take a relaxing …

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Stress Down Day

Wednesday 24th July 2019 Lifeline celebrates Stress Down Day. Research shows that 90% of Australians need to stress less – with 74% of people reporting being stressed from work. Both cancer patients and carers have many stressful moments. Symptoms of stress include physical signs, such as trouble sleeping, headaches, high blood pressure, changes in appetite and heart palpitations. Emotional signs may include …

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World Chocolate Day

World Chocolate Day is celebrated annually on July 7th. Chocolate comes in different flavours, including milk, white and dark chocolate.  Some scientists now say that eating dark chocolate every day is better for you than eating vegetables. Our kind of scientist!! Harpers Bazaar has included dark chocolate in their 11 Mood Boosting Foods For Winter to help decrease your …

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