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Hi @lynann99, welcome to Connect. It can be tough to face cancer alone. I'm glad you found us and I also hope you find an inperson support option near you in the Palm Coast area. For now, you can count of us here.

You might wish to post your questions about diet and healthy living in this discussion:
– Ovarian Cancer in remission: Any advice on staying healthy? https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/ovarian-cancer-3/

I'm bringing @pauldale4 and @leannn into this discussion because they too are familiar with returning to treatment after periods of remission. What type of chemo are you getting this time, Lyn-Ann? How are you feeling?

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Hello @lynann99, I've experienced those periods of remission and like you, tried to sift through all to find what to do to stay healthy. On diet, I take the position of all things with moderation are healthy, like the mayo diet recommendations – they distribute a pamphlet on healthy eating while undergoing cancer treatment. I have increased my plant based options and eat more lean proteins. Quality of life comes into play however, and I may get an ice cream or have pizza every now and then 🙂 Others are very structured and cut out carbs and sugar completely. So I think you have to decide what's right for you. Exercise worked into my natural daily habits- waking, hiking, biking are my favorites This has always helped my body as much as my mind. The last thing that helps me is my connections with family and friends (even if far away) and my faith. I actually fill my calendar in with get together dates – some in person, phone, video chat every month. Then I'm a firm believer in faith and the power and peace of God. I cannot explain it all, but I've been through a stroke- paralyzed at 18 years, learned to walk talk, write again. Went back to college after and became a school counselor. Had 4 heart surgeries for a rare heart defect that caused the stroke. Was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2002 @ 35 years old. And now fighting again @ age 51 in remission after it returning in 2014! I say all that only to say my faith has always sustained me and given me peace and a purpose. Oh, and I always try to find a way to help others – a contribution. I have a therapy dog and we go to schools, libraries, and help disabled children. I'm helping a young teacher that had a stroke find her strength to rebuild her life, etc. Anyways, that's what I do and I've certainly been blessed. Best wishes and blessings to you!

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