Exercises by Carole Moretz, RN, Pys.D


"Laughing is good exercise.
  It is like jogging on the inside."


  1. Look at your new body in a full length mirror, beginning with your hair, and tell yourself what you like or do not like about each feature. If you get to a feature you do not like, say kind things to that feature. For example, if you look at your belly and say, "I hate the way my belly is scarred and uneven", think about the way in which your belly skin color may be very pretty or maybe the way its skin surfaces have healed since surgery.

  2. Buy some body butter or lotion in your favorite fragrance and spend 5 minutes every day gently massaging areas of your new body that feel different than your old body. Become familiar with the sensations and give them pleasurable names.

  3. Map your energy by picking a certain time of day and giving it a number between 0 and 10 (0 being exhausted and 10 being the energy level you remember having before cancer). Note how the pattern changes over time. Gentle stretching and light exercise has been shown to improve energy. Avoid big disparities in your level of exertion; increase your activities gradually over time.

  4. Write a letter from your new body to your old body. Tell your old body what you miss and admired about it. Explain how changing it was necessary for survival. Write a loving letter to your new body, encouraging it in ways it needs encouragement.
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