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Mental Health Check-In

How are you doing today? What is the latest challenge or latest win you've experienced? We want to hear from you!

  1. Hoping for a win when I get scanned the end of March. My doctors are watching a slow growing nodule in my upper right lobe which has been stable for years but made a movement a few months ago. If more movement shows in my upcoming scan, the plan is to biopsy and probably have a third surgery (I had a lobectomy of right middle lobe in 2000 and a wedge resection of my left lower lobe in 2021). Right now I feel my main challenge is that I'm concerned about local recurrence of my 2021 diagnosis, I have been having terrible leg pains for about a week and have no idea why. I guess time will tell .....

    1. Thinking about you. What was the outcome? How are you?

    2. Wishing you the very best Alisa.
      Yolanda( Team)

  2. My ongoing challenge is trying to regain some of my mobility I lost due to resection of brain mets. I did not have a good experience with physical therapy and one round of chemo set me back significantly. I am currently stable on targeted therapy so improving my walking is my current challenge. I cannot use my walker in my yard so I am limited to walking indoors. It is a very frustrating, slow process. I just started with a seated bicycle type exercise and I think it may be helping. I was an active person prior to my diagnosis and no longer being able to drive is driving me crazy! But I remind myself that I am thankful that my cancer is stable and my other symptoms are minimal. Nobody ever said it would be easy. Any suggestions/tips are welcome!

    1. I can hear your frustrating and I can't even imagine how difficult this must be for you. I can understand how it would be challenging to use your walker on an uneven ground, even though I am sure you would like to be outside in your yard. I am glad to hear the seated bicycle seems to be helping. Do you have someone who helps you with errands? It must be so hard to not be as active as you would like, I am so happy to hear that you take the time to be thankful. I found this article that shares some tips for exercising at home, it also includes some utube channels that I hope can be helpful for you: Sending you lots of strength!! Jill, team

    2. I'm Glad you're trying to figure this out. I can imagine how daunting it has been to be an active person now. I would suggest asking your doctor if any local services provide free or inexpensive services that provide mobility instructional services that may be helpful. gave a great link. Wishing you the very best!
      Yolanda( Team)

  3. Hey there,

    Thanks for checking in. Today has been a bit of a mixed bag for me. On one hand, I've been feeling proud of myself for taking some steps towards self-care, like going for a walk and spending time doing things I enjoy. But on the other hand, I've also been struggling with some anxiety and intrusive thoughts about the future.

    I guess the latest challenge for me has been finding a balance between pushing myself to do things that are good for my mental health while also being gentle with myself when I'm feeling overwhelmed. It's a constant work in progress, but I'm trying to remind myself that it's okay to take things one step at a time.

    How about you? How are you doing today?

    1. I think "taking things one step at a time" are great words of advice! Many of our members will say they have a hard time balancing and can sometimes push themselves too far. You should feel very proud of yourself that you are working on self-care, that is so important. Finding an emotional and physical balance is something I think everyone struggles with. I am sending over this article from one of our advocates, I hope it is helpful for you: Sending lots of strength. Jill, team

    2. I agree it can be a mixed bag of figuring it all out, while not allowing one's nerves to get the best of them. It is a balancing act that takes steps in each day as a new day to figure out...the good and the not-so-good. It's okay to learn a new way while adjusting to the future. Wishing you the very best!
      Yolanda( Team)

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