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Balancing Work, Life and Melanoma Treatment

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How to navigate the physical and emotional challenges of melanoma and finding a work-life balance during and after treatment.

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Balancing Work, Life and Melanoma Treatment

  1. 1. How to Balance Work, Family, and Treatment: Alexa Schwartz, BSW Student Rebecca Cammy, LCSW Britainy Stephens, LSW
  2. 2. Cancer Patient Checklist: 1. Support 2. Care 3. Hope 4. Patience 5. Information 6. Communication with health care team
  3. 3. 1.Work: • Talk to your boss and address problems from the start • Create a plan of action • Accept help • Plan what you will say about your cancer to your co-workers • Ease into your daily routines • Know the law • Look over guidelines about taking time off, if needed • What challenges have you encountered in your work place since diagnosis? How have you handled them?
  4. 4. 2. Family: • Get additional support from other family members and friends • Seek community support (i.e.- children’s school guidance counselors, charitable organizations, and place of worship) • Allow for your children to ask questions • Plan leisurely activities with your family when you are feeling well • Keep your family “in the loop”. It is important that they know what to expect when it comes to your diagnosis. • Share information (i.e.- books and articles) • Treatment Decisions • Planning for the future Has there been difficulty finding time to be with your family during treatment?
  5. 5. 3. Treatment: • Communicate with your health care team and make sure you understand your diagnosis and treatment plan. • Express your feelings about your diagnosis/treatment • Ask about goal of treatment • Take care of yourself during treatment • Exercise • Try to focus on what you can control, not what you can’t • Get support • Asking for help is NOT a sign of weakness How well do you feel like you understand your diagnosis/treatment plan? Can anything else be done to help you better understand?
  6. 6. Staying Balanced Post Treatment: • Developing a follow up plan with your care team • Managing anxiety • Fear of metastases “scanxiety” • Coping with the fear of the unknown • Being prepared for change • Keep active • Stay hydrated • Properly managing long-term side effects • Keep track of your personal health concerns
  7. 7. Concrete Tools to help achieve this Balance: • Integrative Medicine Options: • Reiki • Acupuncture • Yoga • Massage therapy • Meditation • Nutrition counseling • Apps: • Calm • Headspace • Exercise Programs • Aerobic activity (i.e. – walking, swimming, etc.)
  8. 8. Resources: • https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/coping/day-to-day/back-to-work • https://www.everydayhealth.com/columns/health-answers/tips-balancing-work-cancer- treatment/ • https://www.cancer.net/coping-with-cancer/talking-with-family-and-friends/parenting-while- living-with-cancer • https://www.cancer.org/treatment/understanding-your-diagnosis/after-diagnosis/how-do-i- cope.htm • https://www.cancer.net/survivorship/follow-care-after-cancer-treatment/importance-follow- care • https://www.oncolink.org/ • https://www.webmd.com/cancer/holistic-treatment-17/integrative-medicine
  9. 9. Questions or Additional Comments?

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