Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired?

Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired?

Being sick is tiring. Pain is tiring. Worrying is tiring. If you’re a cancer patient, is it any surprise that you feel tired?

Look at the list of things that may be making you tired: medicines, anemia, insomnia, lack of energy, working, poor nutrition and more. But we have tips to help!

For example: Many medicines make you sleepy, so take them at night instead of during the day. If you’re anemic, we have a list of foods that will bolster your iron intake. And know too that iron from animal products is easier for the body to absorb than from other sources.

If you don’t have much energy, do your hardest tasks at the time of the day when you feel you have the most energy. And even more key? Don’t be afraid to ask for help!

If you’re suffering from insomnia, setting a routine, such as waking up and going to bed at the same time every night can help. Make sure you’re getting enough calcium and magnesium too, as these two minerals that help the body relax. Sleep is essential for healing for many reasons, including the fact that your body makes more white blood cells to attack things, like viruses and bacteria, boosting your immune system, which is often weakened when fighting cancer.

Good nutrition and exercise, which, as you probably know, seems to be good for everything, is also good for fighting fatigue – even though the idea of exercising when you’re tired may feel the opposite, or counter-intuitive to what you should do. But it isn’t, and we have lots of tips to help you eat better and get your exercise in.

And if you’re feeling tired at work, we have tips on how to discuss the issue with your boss, things you can do there, as well as legal and financial help for which you may be eligible.

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Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired?

Laura Ricks

Communications Manager

Alabama's Young Breast Cancer Survivor Network

Young women with breast cancer face unique issues. And in the South, there are more young women overall facing breast cancer. In Alabama, young African-American women are significantly more likely to suffer from breast cancer.

That is why SurviveAL is here. Part of the Gulf States Young Breast Cancer Survivor Network, SurviveAL's mission is to help improve the quality of life for young breast cancer survivors, as well as their family and friends, by providing continuing resources and support.

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