Going Through Chemo Can Be Rough; Joan Lunden Shares What Helped Her

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Joan Lunden was diagnosed with breast cancer in < ahref="http://www.joanlunden.com/category/49-breast-cancer-home/item/122-i-have-breast-cancer" target="_blank">June of 2014, and was declared cancer-free a year later.

Throughout her battle, she was incredibly candid about her diagnosis and treatment, and we appreciate that so much! For her first round of chemo, she was getting chemo through the veins in her arm; but since the chemo for her second round was going to be harsher, her doctors recommended she get a chemo port put in her chest. This makes it easier for the drugs to get into her system, and saves the veins in her arm from being blown out by repeated needles. The port procedure was a fairly minor surgery that took about an hour.

In the video, Joan explains her chemo treatment and emphasizes the importance of a support system. She talks about how treatment is different than it was, and that some drugs do such a good job at fighting side effects like nausea, that some people try to push on as if everything is normal. However, it’s important to listen to your body.

“A lot of people stay right on the job,” Joan says. “Some don’t even tell other people that they’re going through this. But I frankly think that you shouldn’t try to just go it alone, because support from family and friends is really important.”

We agree that support is important — but everyone’s individual needs are different. If you don’t want to tell many people about your diagnosis, then by all means, don’t! But we encourage you to rely on your loved ones that are closest to you during this difficult time.

Watch as Joan explains this part of her journey.

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C. Dixon likes to read, sing, eat, drink, write, and other verbs. She enjoys cavorting around the country to visit loved ones and experience new places, but especially likes to be at home with her husband and dog.