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Complementary Therapies/Medicine

Wednesday, October 07, 2020

When I started my cancer journey 4.5 years ago, I started looking into a lot of the complementary medicine that was out there (essential oils, supplements, massage therapy etc). As long as it didn't interfere with my oncologists ability to treat me, she was fine with it.

Yesterday I returned after six months to get a 90 minute massage. My old therapist, who I adored, had changed her hours to the point where I just couldn't get in to see her, plus we had moved and that location wasn't as convenient. FINALLY, I took the plunge and signed up for a session with a new therapist.

I told them I would feel like they were massaging a brick, that I could only tolerate medium pressure, and that I was chatty. Based on this, they matched me with Toy. (yep, that's her name) It was a match made in heaven!! I was super tight, which I expected, but I really felt like I was doing something positive for me.

Today I have several sore spots in my back and shoulders, which I kind of expected, but the best part is I slept until almost 5 am which I never do. I think the circulation improvement that massages can bring must have been very helpful. I wanted to be sure and note it down somewhere so I can track and see if it really makes a difference. I am scheduled again in two weeks (I built up some credits I didn't use because of COVID).

Along with the positive benefits of yesterdays massage, I am seeing improvements in how I feel and in my digestive track from the push to take my vitamins and turmeric. I do wish I had a better way to track how I feel. It all feels very.... disjointed. I see the gastroenterologist in another week so I want to have notes about what has worked with my diet and supplements, and what has not. I read a blog entry today by a fellow Rowdy Rebel, PHO3NIXONFIRE, about the importance of taking notes. Tracking is such a huge tool in figuring out what works and what doesn't.
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