I just want to check-in and see how everyone is doing during these extraordinary times. If you have any needs or questions that the office or myself can help with, please do not hesitate to ask. I know there is a lot of information being sent to you right now, but PLEASE TAKE TIME to read the following. It could be of tremendous help!
So many of the items we discussed during our survivorship visit are directly applicable to the concerns we are facing with this Coronavirus. Please take a moment to review and click on the links for more detailed information.
SELF-CARE: Make sure you are taking time to care for yourself. Feelings of anxiety and/or depression occur often in our survivorship journeys and are easily exacerbated during times such as these. Think about what calms you and brings joy then engage in those activities often. Here are some ideas to help with any distress you may be experiencing. If we actually do them and do them often, they really do help!
SUPPORT NETWORK: This may look different with social distancing and quarantine restrictions in place, but you can still be a part of a community! Staying connected and feeling supported is even MORE important during isolation times such as we are experiencing now:
- Lean on your family, friends, social and faith communities using these safe avenues: phone calls, texting, FaceTime/Skype/Google Meet, etc.
- Support groups: Yes, you can still meet virtually! Click on the following links for groups meeting over the phone or internet:
- One-on-one support: Not wanting to participate in a larger group? Click on the following links for FREE one-on-one support:
PROPER NUTRITION AND REGULAR EXERCISE: There are many reasons these two are so important, but helping to build a healthy and strong immune system is one of the most important. Not only do they help lower your risk of recurrence, but they also can assist your body in fighting off viruses and other infections. Click on the link below for an article to remind you what you should be eating and what you should be avoiding. Again, this is specific to your cancer type but also boosts your immune system overall!
PHYSICIAN/HEALTH CARE TEAM: We are here for you! The office is following strict guidelines on how to best protect our patients and staff. If you are concerned about going to your office visits, please reach out; other options exist. Remember that we also have nurses available to answer any of your cancer-related concerns. If it is a general health question, please contact your Primary Care Provider.
Stay safe, stay connected, and let us know if you need anything!
Melissa James, PA-C
Director of Survivorship