• After the treatment are done.. what are the secrets to long term health.

    Asked by debco148 on Thursday, October 4, 2012

    After the treatment are done.. what are the secrets to long term health.

    Ok, so I have had the mastectomy, did the chemo, and have 4 radiation treatments left. Focusing on future success.. I'd love input from survivors ..what is next? What tips or advice can you provide as to how to stay free and live a long healthy life. What has worked for you, what would you do differently, how do you focus your thoughts. I believe in remaining positive, and do, but I'd love to learn the secrets of our survivors. I just recently joined a Coping with Cancer support group and the positive spirit of these folks is inspiring .. even those whose disease came back. Only one other person had breast cancer so I'd love input from others who have found success.

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    • karen1956's Avatar
      karen1956

      Debco....I'm pretty much living my life as I did before Dx....I'm 6 1/2 years since I heard those dreaded words.....I'm 56, so close in age to you....I eat what I want, though I generally eat healthy....I walk daily...if I want to do something I do it......I think the key is lving life to the fullest!!! Congrats on making it through treatments!!!!

      about 5 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar
      nancyjac

      This secret is that there are no secrets. We are all unique individuals and there is no secret master plan for living a long healthy life, whether you have had cancer or not. Long term and future success are both relative terms. The reality is that each of us, whether we have had cancer or not, will live until we die. Some of us will die tomorrow, some of us will live to see another day. So the only advice I can offer is to determine for your self what you consider to be "long term: "healthy life:" and "future success". My applications of those terms may be completely different from yours or anybody else's so what does it for me won't necessarily work for you.

      about 5 years ago
    • lynn1950's Avatar
      lynn1950 (Best Answer!)

      I know that I was pretty exhausted by the time I had gotten to the point in treatment that you are at. It's important to let yourself rest and let your body heal. But it is also important to keep busy doing things that feel right for you. I continued to work part-time, swim, walk, practice yoga and do other things that I love...moderately. At first I was inspired to cut sugar out of my diet and be pretty strict about what went into my mouth. Now after four years I believe in just doing all things in moderation. I've also learned how to say "no." : ) I say now that I know what 80 feels like, I intend to live at least that long!

      about 5 years ago
    • debco148's Avatar
      debco148

      Thank you to those who have answered my question.. I guess everyone must go through these thoughts.. I've evaluated what made me get this to begin with and of course after all the treatment want to prevent return. But, I get what you are telling me. learn to enjoy, learn to do things for myself. It is weird and maybe you all went through this too, but I've even thought of making a bucket list, then I felt that was too extravagant. I do know now though that me and and my family comes first now.. too many years of letting work take over and they eliminated my job anyway! Lessons learned! I do appreciate sharing these thoughts with all of you. Thank you.

      about 5 years ago
    • Snooks' Avatar
      Snooks

      Live life to the fullest and don't look back. I think I became a more compassionate person having gone through breast cancer treatment. I found a more sense of closeness with my family who rallied behind me, and I definitely found out who my friends were. It has helped me console some of my friends who have also been stricken with this disease, and it helped me deal with my husband's cancer. Good luck and God Bless.

      about 5 years ago
    • Elle's Avatar
      Elle

      Although I'm still going through treatment, I wanted to comment. The responses prior to mine were spot on! I would add that perhaps a breast cancer support group would be more beneficial to you if there's one available in your area. I started attending a weekly one 2 weeks after my diagnosis.

      I cannot even imagine where my mind would be if not for the woman in this group! So many of us are friends outside the meeting now. We call each other, go to lunch, go to treatments and doctor's visits with one another when someone doesn't want to go alone. We have women at all points of this journey, including some who are 6 - 8 year survivors!

      We meet weekly and there is NOTHING except doctor's orders that keeps me from attending. It's in my planner just to remind me to not schedule anything in that time slot. The American Cancer Society usually sponsors a monthly meeting in most area's, which I also attend. My weekly meeting is sponsored through my cancer center. Perhaps yours has one also! There are several cancer centers in my area, all offering breast cancer support groups. So if yours doesn't, maybe another one near you does and they usually are open for anyone regardless of where you got/get treatment. Good luck!

      about 5 years ago
    • PinkRibbons' Avatar
      PinkRibbons

      Time to celebrate that you are a Survivor!! I celebrated 4 years cancer free on Sept 23rd!! I am living just as I did before I was diagnosed , I did start excercising more and def learned to appreciate things I may have taken for granted before. Going through this made me a better person and for what ever reason, we were meant to go through this and we won!! Live your life to the fullest, love your family and do not let the chance of recurrance rule your life! Theres only so much you can do lower your chances of it coming back so just be happy!! You did it and youre Awesome!!

      about 5 years ago
    • debco148's Avatar
      debco148

      You all inspire me!!!! debco
      ps only one more radiation treatment left for Monday! Yay!!! Today, I managed my way through my Zumba class, not so peppy but I love to dance and it makes me feel better to hear the music and be with the class of energetic folks! Now treating the burning with some soothing cream.. Thanks to you all xxoo

      about 5 years ago
    • PinkRibbons' Avatar
      PinkRibbons

      Debco keep dancing, dance your little heart out! You are amazing!! One more treatment to go- You Rock!!

      about 5 years ago
    • lisaepstein's Avatar
      lisaepstein

      I wish I can listen to everyone who says put it behind you and live and enjoy. I go to bed at night and wake up and than I remember wow I had cancer. Even though mine was caught very early and didnt need much treatment I just cant get that word CANCER out of my mind. I go for my first mammo since radiation its a year already and I am scared. Then I have to go for colon which I never did yet. The tests dont scare its the results! Since I had two cancers already I tend to think everything will be cancer now! Pretty sick ha!!!

      about 5 years ago
    • debco148's Avatar
      debco148

      @lisaepstein.. we are all here for the same reason, yes, there is fear of the unknown. But be proud of yourself that you take the precautions to catch things early. I'm learning to focus on every cell of my body being healthy.. taking the posture that if I believe it, it will be. In the meantime, live each day to the fullest .. enjoy your family, friends, and get a little crazy sometimes! Just for fun! I get so much inspiration from the strong folks here who have been changed forever by this. We are all here for each other. Best of luck!
      debco

      about 5 years ago

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