Day to Day Living: Self-Care Tips

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This is an important time to renew your commitment to provide the care and attention your mind, body, and soul deserve. Rejuvenate your personal well-being with the self-care tips these breast cancer survivors used during the toughest battle of their life.

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When I was in treatment in 1998, I used my mind to escape from the days when I didn’t feel so well. I would visualize my grandchildren and me doing our favorite activities: reading a book, playing in the yard, squirting silly string at each other, lying on the grass and counting the stars while imagining what was really up there.
Beth, survivor

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I felt I needed to keep busy, to keep my mind focused on the good parts of my prognosis. I met friends and went for walks.
June, 16-year survivor

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I developed a great sense of humor about my breast cancer diagnosis, which also helped put my friends at ease. I lived one day at a time with a positive attitude and as much laughter as possible.
Gail, 16-year survivor

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My children were the ones who kept me going, and they still do. I always have plans and goals, and this year, I’m planning a trip to Mexico.
Luisa, 8-year survivor

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I found hugging a pillow or stuffed animal helped.
Sandee, 11-year survivor

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When I was first diagnosed, my two best friends had a pajama party for me – we had a lot of laughs! It was a “girl’s night out” I’ll never forget.
Carol, 13-year survivor

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Dancing was great therapy for me. I took a few classes and the exercise helped me extend my arms and regain mobility after my lymph node dissection.
Lisa, 5-year survivor

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Music is it for me! I sing in three choruses, and you can’t think about breast cancer when you’re racing through the musical score and following the conductor. It’s a whole body experience, which is great. Thank you, Mozart!
Deedee, 5 1/2-year survivor

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Taking bubble baths, enjoying a glass of wine, and relaxing do it for me.
Sandee, 11-year survivor

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I always followed my treatment with a bowl of homemade soup – it seemed to work for me.
Barbara, 2-year survivor

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A year after my diagnosis, I still attend my support group meetings, and yoga and Tai Chi are a regular part of my routine.
Barbara, 2-year survivor

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I pray. A lot.
DeeDee, 5 1/2-Year Survivor

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Thinking about raising my daughter helped a lot, and maybe it was the love for life.
Maria,12-year survivor

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