• After Chemo

    Asked by marymcq on Tuesday, January 22, 2019

    After Chemo

    When do you feel normal again? Energy????

    5 Answers from the Community

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    • cllinda's Avatar
      cllinda

      After a year of chemo and radiation, it took a good year before my energy was up again. You go through all of this and you think you will be feeling better when completed. But it didn't happen that way for me. Chemo and radiation treatments really take a toll on the body. Just take time to recover. Pamper yourself. Learn something new.
      Once my hair started coming in, everyone thought I would be back to my old self. But I had to learn the word No when others wanted me to do things that I wasn't up for. Give yourself permission to heal. Take naps.

      3 months ago
    • po18guy's Avatar
      po18guy

      It depends on the type, dose and duration of the chemotherapy. A short course of low dose would have you springing back fairly quickly. Long-term moderate or high dose takes its toil. Time and patience are required for recovery - a lot of that depends on how your marrow and affected organs recover. Since we are all unique individuals, there is only a personal time line, which you are now forming. Good nutrition and as much exercise as you can tolerate will help. Time and patience.

      3 months ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      My energy returned pretty quickly after chemo, but radiation sure took it out of me. I am just now regaining stamina and it has been over a year since I had radiation.

      Exercise! and stay hydrated. Those two things will really help you regain some of your energy.

      3 months ago
    • fiddler's Avatar
      fiddler

      Recovery time depends on many factors, like age, stage, etc.

      I was Stage 1A TNBC. Treatment started in January with surgery, chemo started in February and continued through May, then radiation lasted to Labor Day. That was 6 years ago; no post-treatment chemo.

      My energy came back gradually: after 1 year I felt a little better, after 2 years a lot better, and after 3 years I felt almost "normal", but not to the pre-C level. I'm 72 now, so can't say whether low energy is from treatment or from advancing age.

      3 months ago
    • marymcq's Avatar
      marymcq

      I was diagnosed end of Sept. 2016, surgery 2 weeks later, started chemo mid Dec with 4 Red Devil followed by with scheduled 12 Taxol. But due to severe neuropathy had to stop after 10 treaments.
      Stage 2B. Along with being Triple Negative. I was 63 yrs. old wh3n diagnosed.

      3 months ago

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