What I Learned from Moving Across the Country During Chemo Therapy

Moving across the country is a stressful experience by itself, but when you’re moving to a new home while you’re recovering from chemo therapy, little things that would otherwise not be a big deal take huge effort. I was planning a big move from Brisbane to Adelaide while I was experiencing radiation sickness. Since I had a lot of things in my home that would be too difficult to move on my own—such as my bookshelf and huge collection of books—I needed professional help. It wasn’t the kind of move I could handle myself with multiple trips back and forth between two cities.

I decided to look into hiring removalists to get the job done. I found a number of different companies. I looked on Yelp and other sites to find a company that had decent reviews, and I found Bmoved. I spoke to Greg from Bmoved and he was very kind, “We’ve helped plenty of people move that are recovering from surgery or cancer,” He explained, “We always try and accommodate our customers and take any needs into consideration. That’s what we’re here for.” They sounded very genuine. On top of that, they had excellent reviews from other customers in the past.

A few weeks later, and I’m now living in Adelaide. For anyone who is struggling with cancer, a little goes a long way. If you find yourself moving across the country during a difficult time in your life medically, there are a few things you can do to make the process easier:

  • Don’t overcomplicate things. Easier said than done, but getting stressed out will only make the problem worse. Make bullet point lists or organize your thoughts out on a notebook.
  • If it helps you, make a list of all of the important steps of the process.
  • Spend a little bit of time looking into removalists and find one that has good reviews from other customers in the past.
  • When in doubt, call the company in question and tell them about your situation. In my case, they were able to alleviate a lot of the stress.
  • Ask friends and family to help if they are available, as they will be able to help you sort out the details when you’re feeling ill.
  • Don’t focus too much on the little details. Think about the big picture.
  • Make sure you’re taking your medicine frequently and listening to your doctor’s advice. As a matter of fact, let your family doctor or specialist know that you’re moving across the country and see if they can give some sound advice or prescriptions.
  • Look into doctors and specialists in your new city ahead of time, as this will save you stress later on when you’re living in your new home.

It’s an uphill battle with cancer for most, but once you’re all settled in, you’ll feel a lot better for it. Overcoming cancer isn’t easy, and moving across the country in the middle of your treatment can complicate things. Stay positive and keep your thoughts well-organized.

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