This Worksheet is designed to assist women facing mastectomy.
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Sincere Best Wishes.
|PREPARATION FOR MASTECTOMY||Have
|A. PREPARE YOURSELF||.||.||.||.|
| Spiritually: Seek Guidance:
It is the Mechanism for Maintaining Balance
| Intellectually: Seek Details:
1. Form an Alliance With Your Medical Team and Breast Cancer Navigator/Advocate
LEARN YOUR OPTIONS: FInd out what surgical options are available to you. Write down and ASK your questions. Discuss them with your medical team UNTIL YOU REALLY UNDERSTAND THEM. Make a choice. Trust your decision.
|Emotionally: Seek Peace: Close Your Eyes, Pray, Meditate and BREATHE...||.||.||.||.|
| Physically: Seek Training: Stretch, Build Yourself Up,
| Mentally: Seek Balanced Thoughts:
1. Weigh Pros and Cons for Yourself
2. Discuss breast prosthetics with doctor and support team.
| KEEP A JOURNAL: Go ahead and Write Your Heart Out,
|B. PREPARE YOUR LOVED ONES: Get Appropriate Materials from your local chapter of The American Cancer Society||.||.||.||.|
|Find Your Support Team: Enlist Aid When Informing Others||.||.||.||.|
| Family Members: Be Prepared for Emotional See-Saw:
(Be Gentle & Supportive) Look to Them For Support, Look Beyond Them If Necessary
|Children: An Appropriate Little At A Time By Age and Temperament: AVOID LIES||.||.||.||.|
|Friends: ALLOW THEIR HELP||.||.||.||.|
|Foes: Prepare For Insensitive Comments, “Indifference “, Emotional Outbursts and Anger||.||.||.||.|
|C. PREPARE FOR SURGERY Get REACH TO RECOVERY information from your local chapter of The American Cancer Society||.||.||.||.|
|PRE-SURGERY:House Cleaning: Get Help: Family, Church, Friends: ASK FOR IT||.||.||.||.|
|Meals: Make Two, Freeze One||.||.||.||.|
|Equip Bath and Shower, If Necessary,Move to Same Floor as Shower||.||.||.||.|
|Acquire Comfortable Sleep Chair or Bed||.||.||.||.|
|Assistance: Seek a Daily Assistant||.||.||.||.|
|D. PREPARE FOR THE HOSPITAL||.||.||.||.|
| PACK: Your Favorite MP3/CD and player
(ask if you can listen during prep and surgery!)
|BRING YOUR OWN: Slippers, Book, Comb/brush||.||.||.||.|
|CRITICAL: LEARN YOUR EXERCISES and DO THEM!!!||.||.||.||.|
|PARTICIPATE: Join others in activities (Look Better Feel Good ACS program etc.)||.||.||.||.|
|E. PREPARE FOR RECOVERY||.||.||.||.|
|POST-SURGERY: Get PRESCRIPTIONS Filled Immediately||.||.||.||.|
|DO YOUR EXERCISES!! Daily, As Prescribed!||.||.||.||.|
|REPEAT SECTION A. ABOVE! As Needed||.||.||.||.|
|You Are A Survivor! Be kind to YOU!!||.||.||.||.|
|You Are NOTAlone! Let OTHERS IN||.||.||.||.|
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