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Lymphoma Cancer and Chemo Skincare Tips

11:09pm. April 8th 2014. I just got out of the shower and getting ready for bed. 

How I’m Feeling: I’m O.K. The good news is that I didn’t throw up today. I was able to control my nausea through natural remedies only – and I feel good about that.  That OR the  nausea will kick in 2 days after my chemo treatment (tomorrow) like what happened with my first chemo treatment. I’m rooting for the former to be the case. 

I’m really low maintenance when it comes to my skin and have always managed to still have buttery soft and clear skin. Well, that’s changed for now. I’ve learned that itchy and dry skin are one of the laundry list of side effects from both lymphoma and chemotherapy. My skin has been crazy itchy. In fact, I actually made myself bleed from scratching so hard at one point. After trying a few remedies, I’ve finally found a couple things that have been working out for me. I thought I’d share just incase any of you reading are going through what I’m going through and curious to know what’s working on my end:

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Clockwise from top: Aveeno Intense Relief Hand Cream, Organic Cold-Pressed Coconut oil, Aveeno Eczema Care Body Wash, Eucerin Dry Skin Calming Lotion.

Aveeno Intense Relief Hand Cream
I’m applying this constantly.

Organic Cold-Pressed Coconut Oil 
Ah, my trusty coconut oil. In this photo, it’s in a jam jar. I buy it in bulk and keep them in smaller jars/containers because I use it for everything. Seriously. Everything. These days, after I moisturize my hands and body, I apply coconut oil on top to help seal the moisture in.

Organic Cold-Pressed Coconut Oil + Baking Soda
I mixed coconut oil with baking soda – and used it as a body wash. I applied it all over while I was in the shower, left it on for a few minutes and then rinsed. In all honesty, I noticed that my skin finally calmed down after that treatment.

Aveeno Eczema Care Body Wash
I don’t have Eczema, but I picked this up anyways and it seems to be working out so far.

Eucerin Dry Skin Calming Lotion
Immediately after my showers, I apply this all over.


Ok, I’m off to bed now. I have an appointment with the Look Good, Feel Better folks at Princess Margaret Hospital tomorrow morning. I accidentally scheduled it 2 days after my second chemo treatment. So, cross your fingers for me that I don’t get nauseous and throw up in the middle of the session. Yikes!

1511021_309494859198747_4279528143795322949_n(Thanks to Farah Bhanji for sharing the image above)

 

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