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    HardyGirl asked a questionEndometrial (Uterine) Cancer

    A little over two years from winding down treatments and still

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      LiveWithCancer

      I am with @Created07. I was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in November 2012. I was in treatment until April 2019. Now I am in "watch and see," which is nice since now I only have to go every 3 months instead of every 2 weeks or once a month. It's like a reunion now when i go in.

      I am huge now; couldn't lose a lb for anything (i was always thin before). I hate the weight but I am alive. But, i am far more than alive, i am living. I don't have the energy I did, but again, I am aliVe, living. And i enjoy life, nearly every single day.

      I have a joy deep inside of me that no cancer will ever steal. It comes from my faith.

      And, @Created07 is soooooo right. Last year, my 43-year-old unexpectedly dropped dead from a heart attack. No time to say goodbye or I love you one last time. A few months later, the same thing happened to my best friend since grade school. There are worse things than cancer, imo.

      3 days ago
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      JaneA

      We all must find peace after diagnosis and treatment. I have a permanent colostomy after Stage IV rectal cancer. While it's not perfect situation, I'm know that I am in a better situation than many rectal cancer patients who don't have to have colostomies but end up with the "frequency and urgency."

      I am that "glass half-full" person. I am grateful to be alive five years after diagnosis.

      So what I'm saying is that you have to dig deep and discover the sheer joy of seeing the beauty in life. I've taken up watercolors, and the act of painting lifts my heart. Best wishes.

      2 days ago
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      GregP_WN

      I have always said that as long as I have the strength left in me and I can see a viable future, then I am all in. But when I see that the writing is on the wall and I'm not going to gain anything by keeping on, then I'm done. I hope I never see that happen.

      1 day ago
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    HardyGirl asked a questionEndometrial (Uterine) Cancer

    I have no energy and do not feel like running, walking, or even crawling fast at this point.

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      po18guy

      When I was in hospital post-transplant, they sent a physical therapist. AYKM? It took all my energy to breathe! Rather, I focused on surviving before thriving. There is nothing wrong with having zero energy - you are fighting for your life. What, are you supposed to be the Energizer Bunny or something? It takes time to recover. Ask doctor and nurse about your situation and if your blood counts are OK. It is good to push yourself, but you know your body best. Now is no time to bust a sweat while trying to work out.

      Take time. Recover. Be at peace. Seek soothing things which will help you spiritually. You can do this! Just don't over-do this, right?

      about 1 month ago
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      cllinda

      I remember my husband or son would take me for a walk so I could get a little exercise. And sometimes, it would just be one house before I would turn around and walk home with them. Baby steps.

      about 1 month ago
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      Lundmusik

      Best wishes in recovering your energy

      about 1 month ago
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    HardyGirl asked a questionEndometrial (Uterine) Cancer

    How long after chemo and radiation did it take for you to stop having pain in the abdomen?

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      Phoenix76

      As I recall, it took about 6-8 weeks. There have been some lingering twinges, but not discomfort. Did you get a binder to wear after surgery? That helped a lot for me. There is such a thing as "adhesions" - part of the "joys of surgery" - where scar tissue adheres to your internal organs, and can create tension and some pain. From what I've read, surgery to remove the scar tissue isn't very effective.

      What I found helpful were exercises to strengthen both my abdomen and back (they work together) - for example, a pelvic bridge exercise, pelvic floor exercises, the "dead bug" exercise and the "swimmers" exercise. The key idea is to exercise *gently*.

      I also found Tai Chi to be excellent for overall wellness and regaining balance/coordination (after chemo).

      If it really bothers you, please do check in with your oncologist and/or surgeon.

      5 months ago