Getting Back in the Groove After Cancer
- Veteran comedian Kathy Griffin, 61, rocked the red carpet while out attending a Hollywood premiere after nearly a week of down days in bed, suffering from post-lung cancer. surgery complications.
- Understandably, having half of your lung removed can take quite a toll on your body, and although Griffin has recently been having a hard time, she has also been counting her blessings, especially during “on” days like this.
- When healing from lung cancer, it’s important to keep close contact with the members of your care team to let them know about the severity of your pain and discomfort, as well as any anxiety and stress that you may feel.
The hilarious star headed out to a Hollywood premiere yesterday and looked to be in super high spirits as she had fun on the red carpet.Read More
“You look fabulous!! And happy! You conquered Miss Kathy and I’m so proud of you,” one fan wrote. “You were just 1/2 lung away from your goal weight,” another fan said, playing into her joke. “Gorgeous!”
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Understandably, having half of your lung removed can take quite a toll on your body, and Griffin has recently been having some sick days in bed, but has also been counting her blessings.
“You guys I had a good health day so I’m going outside!” the typically-exuberant author wrote ahead of the event with a video of herself looking excited to be dressed up.
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“Big night out. I’m wearing underwear and a bra and everything.” As people who are recovering from cancer know (not to mention most of us during COVID), wearing undergarments is indeed quite a feat!
“I’m just excited to be out and about,” Griffin said in the video. “Yes, I had two doctor’s appointments today, but I rallied!”
Even more exciting than Griffin feeling better, dressed up and heading out for a night on the town? Her voice—which was still extremely hoarse during a couple comedy sets last month— is sounding exponentially better.
“Your voice is sounding great!” one fan wrote, while another similarly took note, “Your voice is sounding so good!!” Others chimed in saying how gorgeous she looks and complimenting her hair, while fellow actor and comedian Rosie O’Donnell told her, “Have a blast Griffin.”
All jokes aside, getting out of bed and dressing up, or just putting on make-up can often do wonders to lift you up when you’re sick.
Not into beauty and fashion? Pick one activity that makes you feel most like yourself, or more importantly, makes you feel good about yourself, and rock it! Whether it’s going on a hike, treating yourself at a fancy restaurant, going to see a friend or family member, or doing a staycation at a hotel in town, changing your surroundings can help boost your spirits.
And if you do like beauty and fashion like Griffen, well, then go full glam!
Healing from Lung Cancer
Chicago-born Griffin, a non-smoker, was diagnosed last August with stage one lung cancer, and had surgery immediately after. Although she has had some setbacks since, the survivor, overall, has been progressing. It is not something that happens overnight.
When healing from lung cancer, it’s important to keep close contact with the members of your care team to let them know about the severity of your pain and discomfort, as well as any anxiety and stress that you may feel.
“It’s critical after surgery that you do keep active and keep your body in the best possible condition,” says Melissa Culligan, a thoracic surgery nurse at the University of Maryland Medical Center.
While Griffin appears to be listening to her body with these recent symptoms, she has also appeared to be back to her active self. Keeping active and overdoing it are two different things. It’s all about balance, and listening to your body. Often times, slow and steady wins the race!