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The Big C and Me: RENN'S TOP 10 BC SURGERY TIPS

The Big C and Me: RENN'S TOP 10 BC SURGERY TIPS | The Big C and Me | Scoop.it
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Having a mastectomy is a scary thing, and it's important to alleviate as much stress prior to — and following — your surgery. I've compiled a comprehensive list of the many things I found helpful in my preparation and recovery. I hope my experience can help smooth the path for you or for someone you love. Please share!

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The Big C and Me: HIGH-PROTEIN FOODS FOR HEALING

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According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), consuming enough protein is essential to maintaining a healthy immune system as well as repairing body tissue. "When your body doesn’t get enough protein, it might break down muscle for the fuel it needs. This makes it take longer to recover from illness and can lower resistance to infection," according to the ACS. "People with cancer often need more protein than usual. After surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation therapy, extra protein is usually needed to heal tissues and help fight infection." New York's Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center agrees: "If you recently had surgery or have wounds, eating more protein will help you heal." 

 

Here is my go-to list of high-protein foods for healing.

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The Big C and Me: HIKE THERAPY

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"Hiking has been an essential piece of my post-cancer recovery pie. Nature has a gentle way of calming even the rawest of emotions."

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The Big C and Me: HOW TO SURVIVE AN MRI

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Many people dread getting MRIs because they are afraid of feeling claustrophic. I was one of them. Then I devised a system that allowed me to remain calm and unafraid during the procedure and I posted it on my blog. It is one of my most popular blog posts. Please feel free to share my tips with anyone who is undergoing an MRI.

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The Big C and Me: 9 METASTATIC BREAST CANCER MAVENS

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This post focuses on 9 breast cancer bloggers who have metastatic (i.e, stage IV) breast cancer. As part of the April 2013 WEGO Health Activist Writers Challenge, I chose to highlight these women to shed light on the urgent plight of the advanced-stage breast cancer patient. These are the women and men who are dying of this disease — 41,000 each and every year. By profiling these 9 bloggers (and there are many more), I hope to put a face on MBC. Please support these ladies by visiting their blogs and sending them some bloggy love!

 

For more information about MBC, log on to http://www.metavivor.org.

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