“Collateral Damage” Requires Guidance, Support

“Collateral Damage” Requires Guidance, Support
April 16, 2015 Alene Nitzky

IMG_1445 (1024x768)I recently walked in the office of an oncology practice to drop off some information. On my way out of the office, I couldn’t help noticing the flyers and brochures on display, freebies for patients to take home. One newsletter in particular stood out. It was full-color glossy, four page publication with a number of short articles on topics of interest to people with cancer, and tips for coping with the long lasting effects of treatment known as “collateral damage”.

As I read through it, I couldn’t tell where it came from, there was no one claiming publication or authorship. The articles appeared to be compiled from various sources, the American Cancer Society, some businesses providing products or services with no addresses or links to identify them, and a reference to a nonprofit organization helping people with the financial burden of medical bills. The wellness-related article mentioned exercising, eating right and managing stress. Those words. Nothing more.

The medical community lags behind in addressing many of these lasting effects, but they can interfere with everyday functioning and enjoyment of life for the person who suffers from them. While doctors are limited in the amount of time they can spend with patients, they sometimes leave out referrals to outside complementary providers who can make a difference in their patients’ quality of life.

Whether you are going through treatment or have completed it recently, chances are that you’re not at your best. Fatigue, difficulty with concentration, memory problems, and the myriad of other physical side effects and concerns ranging from anemia to lymphedema to neuropathy to pain make it difficult to do the things required for effective self-care at the time when you need it most.

Financial concerns make it even more difficult to pursue costly therapies. Questions for the doctor can easily be forgotten or brushed aside due to the inconvenience and additional cost of getting the answers.

It’s one thing to know the words and the meaning of the words exercise, eating right, and managing stress, but it’s entirely another thing to know how, when, where, why, who, and what to do.

Having somewhere to go, to find reliable sources of information based on scientific evidence and get the personalized attention and guidance you need at this time of transition makes all the difference. Sunspirit Wellness Services is committed to providing the answers, information, guidance and support without causing additional financial strain. Contact us to find out how we can help you.

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