Unfortunately, nothing can change the fact you have had ovarian cancer. You can, however, change the ways you live the rest of your life. This can include making choices which help you stay as healthy as possible, giving your immune system the help it needs to rebuild. For many, a diagnosis of cancer can allow them to focus on their health in ways they have not formerly been able to do.
This could include eating healthier foods, getting more exercise on a regular basis, reducing the amount of alcohol you consume, or giving up tobacco. Even things like learning to keep your stress levels under control can help your overall sense of well-being. Stopping smoking can be difficult, particularly if you have smoked for a significant period of time. The American Cancer Society has a tobacco cessation and coaching service which can help you increase your chances of success.
Eating Healthy Foods
Eating healthier foods—and avoiding foods which offer little nutrition or are full of sugar—can be difficult at any time, but may be particularly difficult for those who have undergone cancer treatment. Some treatments for cancer can totally change a person’s sense of taste. Further, nausea and little appetite can be a significant problem. Eating small portions of high-quality foods every two-three hours can help until you begin to feel better.
Getting Plenty of Exercise—and Rest
Fatigue is extremely common among those who have undergone cancer treatment. Fatigue is much more than a normal feeling of being tired, rather it is a “bone-weary” level of exhaustion that rarely gets better with rest. Many women will experience fatigue for a long time after their ovarian cancer treatment or treatments. Fatigue can make it much more difficult to get the healthy exercise your body needs, yet exercise can, conversely, actually help your fatigue levels. Not only can regular exercise help your fatigue, it can also help your emotional health as well. If you were very sick, therefore not very active, during your treatment for ovarian cancer, it can be harder to get back into being physically active, and you may have to start small, even if it is just taking short walks.
If your fatigue is overwhelming, you will have to balance your activity with rest—remember, you have gone through a life-changing event, and it is okay to rest when you need to. Regular exercise can improve your muscle strength, allow you get—and stay—at a healthy weight, improve your cardiovascular health, help reduce fatigue and give you more energy, lower levels of depression and anxiety and, overall, help you feel happier, and better about yourself.
Discontinue Use of Potentially Dangerous Products: Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer
The recent focus the link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer has many women feeling extremely anxious about their health. It appears that the public are, once again, on the wrong side of a large corporation’s concern about little other than their financial bottom line. After Johnson & Johnson came out on the losing end of the first three talcum powder ovarian cancer lawsuits—and considering they are facing as many as 1,200 additional talcum powder ovarian cancer lawsuits—some experts believe J & J should consider settling the talc lawsuits in order to avoid more major losses. The second talcum powder ovarian cancer lawsuit cost J & J $72 million, and the third awarded the plaintiff $55 million. So far, Johnson & Johnson disagrees, vowing to appeal the verdicts and denying there is any link between ovarian cancer and the use of talcum powder in the genital region.
In fact, a J & J spokesperson says the decisions by juries go against studies which support the safety of cosmetic talc. However, at one of the trials, documents surfaced which suggested J & J actually targeted women’s use of talcum powder for feminine hygiene to boost talcum powder sales. Talc is found in both Baby Powder with Talc and in Shower to Shower.
Gloria Ristesund, the plaintiff in the third talcum powder ovarian cancer lawsuit had proof of talc fibers in her ovarian tissues following her hysterectomy. While the battle continues, many women have questions regarding their risk of ovarian cancer after using talcum powder, and whether or not this product is safe.
The Legal Ramifications of Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer
If you have received a diagnosis of ovarian cancer, and you used talcum powder for feminine hygiene, you could benefit from speaking to a knowledgeable talcum powder ovarian cancer attorney. Your attorney can offer experienced talcum powder ovarian cancer legal help, which can potentially allow you to receive compensation for your injuries which were the result of the negligence of a large corporation. You may be entitled to damages which include lost wages, pain and suffering, and medical expenses. Punitive damages may also be possible, depending on the individual circumstances of your case.