Cancer treatment affects people differently, but regardless of the side effects, there is one part of the therapy that has the same impact on all cancer patients who undergo treatment – especially chemotherapy. That is, the time patients spend at the treatment facility. In past blogs, we shared tips about things you should pack in your chemo tote. In this blog, we want to give you some ideas as to activities you can do to pass the time while you’re undergoing treatment.
Use Your Tablet for Multiple Activities During Treatment
If you take your tablet (or small laptop) to chemotherapy with you, you can make use of all your device’s features, so you don’t have to bring books or games with you. Some libraries now have a service where patrons can check out e-books and download them to their Kindle or other similar reading apps.
If you like to play word games, download a variety of games that have different formats so you can solve crossword puzzles during treatment. With a subscription to Amazon Prime, Netflix or any other streaming service, you can use your tablet to watch movies, or you can binge watch episodes of your favorite television shows.
Read Magazines or Inspirational Books
If you don’t feel like reading something that demands concentration and focus, you can always read popular fashion, lifestyle, and celebrity news magazines. Sometimes you can read them on a digital device. You may find it helpful to read about the experiences of cancer patients and their families. Draw inspiration and hope from Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Cancer Book, or lighten the atmosphere during treatment by reading I’d Rather Do Chemo Than Clean Out the Garage.
Many treatment facilities subscribe to a variety of magazines that run the gamut from outdoor living to auto racing, to House Beautiful, US Weekly, and other gossip magazines. You may even find Time Magazine, Cosmopolitan, or People on the shelves or tables throughout the treatment center.
Start a Knitting, Crocheting or Hand-Sewing Project
If you’ve always enjoyed knitting, crocheting, or doing crewel work or embroidery projects, consider starting a new project that you can do whenever you undergo treatment. Maybe your busy life is such that you feel like you never have the time to work on something that relaxes you because you enjoy doing it. Now that you’re about to start or are already undergoing cancer treatment, take advantage of the time you spend in treatment to pursue something that brings you pleasure. You may complete a project before you finish your treatment cycle, but the sense of satisfaction you get from the completed project is a reward in and of itself.
If you’ve always wanted to learn how to knit, crochet, or learn to do some form of hand needlework, use the time you spend in treatment to get started.
Listen to Music or Audio Books
Thanks to advances in 21st-century technology, many apps allow people to create a playlist, listen to radio stations from all over the country and the world, or listen to audio books on or offline. If you’re going to use your smartphone as a radio, be sure you bring a portable charger or the AC adapter and don’t forget those headphones or ear plugs!
Talk to Other Patients
It isn’t unusual for cancer patients to see other patients every time they come to a facility to get treatment. You may even sit next to the same person every time you are scheduled for chemotherapy. It doesn’t matter whether you are undergoing therapy for the same type of cancer. The fact that your paths are crossing so often may open the door to a new friendship – and one through which you become each other’s greatest supporter. Sometimes the friendships that are forged during cancer treatment turn into unbreakable lifelong bonds. No one can understand what you’re going through as well as someone who is going through the same thing.
It’s not uncommon for cancer patients to want to take short naps during treatment. You may want to bring along some cozy slipper socks and a blanket for cancer treatment to make your catnap more comfortable. And our Cancer Totes are large enough to hold everything you need and want to take to your cancer treatment appointments.