5. How can I be my own advocate?
Speak up about your symptoms to your health care team to get proper care. Educating yourself ensures you are best informed to make decisions about your treatment and will help you better communicate with your doctor, your family, and your friends about your needs.
You can take action to foster your own recovery and safety by:
- Practicing appropriate pain relief. It is important to stay in control of your pain to maintain your quality of life. Ask your doctor for their recommendations on how to manage your pain.
- Implementing as much movement and activity as appropriate into your routine. The LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program provides post-treatment cancer survivors a 12-week-long physical activity program to regain strength and mobility.
- Making sure your home is a safe environment to prevent possible tripping/falling. Examples include assuring proper lighting in hallways, using rugs for traction, and installing handrails. Find more safety tips for home here.
Surround yourself with ample support, information, and encouragement. Coping with peripheral neuropathy can be a long, difficult process, and it is important to know you are not alone. Share your feelings with friends, family, or a support group. Getting in touch with LIVESTRONG is a great place to find support and have your questions answered.