For many people an oncology massage is their first massage. Whether a person is a seasoned recipient of massage or receiving their first massage as a part of cancer treatment or recovery, the experience is at once unique to that person and shared by so many others. Massage can mean different things to the same person at different times in the cancer journey, but most find that massage provided by a trained therapist provides so much more than they expect.
"My therapist understands the difficult road of cancer and addresses the physical pain associated with the mental anguish."
"All through my diagnosis and treatment, the only time someone touched me and it didn't hurt was on the massage table. It was like an oasis in the desert."
"As soon as I had a surgery date, I started going in tighter and tighter circles. [Massage] was a big help in being relaxed, but ready when the day came."
"[Massage] was a great way to get through the stress of chemotherapy."
"We scheduled a massage a day or two before each chemo. That way my mind and body were looking forward to the massage, not to the chemo."
"I not only felt relief from the taxing effects of chemo and the debilitating muscle/bone ache, I ended up feeling an overwhelming sense of peace."
"It's my oasis. I get bogged down with doctors' appointments ..... all these big things coming at me. I get on the massage table and everything just melts away. For me that is a gift and he is a healer."
"During my sessions I felt completely at peace, a tranquility and serenity of the soul. Euphoria of the mind completely transcended the quiet horror of cancer."
"I was so sick from concurrent chemo and radiation. Massage was the only place where I felt in control and could help myself."
"Massage has created an overall sense of well being. I'm at peace with mastectomy and more at peace with my body image."
"It's like a vacation from cancer."
"After chemotherapy, I started receiving some gentle massage. I found I was able to care for my children rather than having to stay in bed for days."
"My oncologist told me I was in for a year of hell. It has been. But no matter how rotten I feel, it is never more than six days from my next weekly massage."
"Massage helped me to accept the new me. I am alive, I am beautiful, scars and all."