Published May 12, 2022
Veteran comedian Kathy Griffin, 61, has been having ups and downs during the recovery phase from surgery after beating lung cancer late last year.
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 alongside a video of herself in a long black gown.
The Los Angeles-based star reported that she was heading out to the documentary premiere of the late legend George Carlin’s life. “I couldn’t wait to see it another minute. 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!
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!
Fashion stylist and cancer survivor Ann Caruso expressed to SurvivorNet how important it is to “wake up and move forward every single day.” She expressed how her cancer surgeries definitely changed her and, like Griffin, she suffered a lot of trauma on her body. “You’re not the same carefree person you once were,” she said.
Caruso says she didn’t fit into any of her clothes (which Griffin recently told Jimmy Kimmel was the case for her as well, hence the head-to-toe Gucci athleisure). “You need a few things that you feel good in,” Caruso added, “because when you feel good in the clothes that you’re wearing, it gives you confidence.”
Kathy 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!