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May 16, 2016 · Restless Leg Syndrome in Sleep Health

I have lived with RLS for many years. Everyone is different in the way and intensity that they experience their symptoms and mine varies from episode to episode as well. I have avoided medication by using different coping skills. A warm bath before bed or at a time if possible that the symptoms start. Really good stretching of the hips and lower back for 10 or fifteen minutes. Sometimes s hot water bottle on the small of the back. A deep massage of legs or arms ( if that is where it is being experienced). Sometimes a combo of exercises and then cool packs. Try as many physical options as possible. Hope you get relief as RLS is extremely disruptive to relaxation and sleep.

May 11, 2016 · Talking about hair loss with children in Breast Cancer

Thank you for your reply. I don’t have an exact date for chemo but it will be within the next month. I do not know what drugs or how many rounds yet either. I did a pretty good job of involving my children during my last treatment but they were a little older than my grandkids. Both my daughters are RNs so we have great experience for speaking honestly and within the children’s abilities to understand but somehow it seems different for me that it is my grandchildren not my own children. Not sure why that is. Maybe because we are not together everyday I know they will notice the changes in a more drastic way. I often use books as a ‘doorway’ to talk about things with them and this seemed like a less scary way to start the dialogue. I appreciate any resources that are available. I look forward to using this support through my treatment and health recovery process.

May 11, 2016 · Talking about hair loss with children in Breast Cancer

Thanks. I did all that stuff with my kids the first time round but my grandkids are a little younger. I was lucky as my employer last time was fine and very supportive of me during my treatment. I’ll just keep looking for ways to approach the grandkids. Thanks anyway and good luck with your treatment.

May 10, 2016 · Talking about hair loss with children in Breast Cancer

I have had a mastectomy and am about to start chemotherapy. I had breast cancer 14 years ago when I also had chemotherapy. This time I have grandchildren – 6yrs and 3yrs. I would like some input on talking with them about hair loss, etc. Any good children’s books or other resources anyone can suggest?