• Comment: I admire those of you that are able to exercise and be active during treatment. I can barely move. Wiped out!!

    Asked by Kathy on Monday, November 19, 2012

    Comment: I admire those of you that are able to exercise and be active during treatment. I can barely move. Wiped out!!

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    • SueRae1's Avatar

      Treatment is a b*, and though I do exercise and remain as active as I can - there are days, like yesterday, where all I do is crash and burn - stay home, sleep, read, watch my DVR. Just listen to your body, and know that you are doing everything you can to keep your mind and body healthy.

      over 8 years ago
    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      I was unable to exercise as well. Chemo wiped me out. It took everything I had to get out of bed to use the bathroom. I received chemo everyday for 5 days, 6 hours per day and would then get two weeks off to recover. Just when I started to feel somewhat normal again...it's was time for the next round.

      over 8 years ago
    • Nancebeth's Avatar

      I was able to work but barely anything else, and I would have stayed home had I been able. Some day were okay and some days it was all I could do to get out of bed. Listen to your body and do as much as you feel comfortable with.

      over 8 years ago
    • SpunkyS's Avatar

      I did a little exercise days after or before chemo. Not much. Sometimes doing a flight steps slowly, maybe a few arm curls and leg extensions just to keep limber. Also some pelvic tilt and abd. exercises to decrease back discomfort from being in bed. Not to any great level, but it helped comfort and spirits.

      over 8 years ago
    • cancervivor's Avatar

      After about 2 weeks of radiation I was getting fatigued so bad I had to go home each day and take a nap. I seen people come in that were smiling and happy and acting like they weren't even taking treatment. I admire them too.

      over 8 years ago
    • Lirasgirl33's Avatar

      During treatment I didn't have an "exercise" routine per say. After finding out I had an incisional hernia from my hysterectomy, the most I've been able to do is walking and stretching. Before finding out I had a hernia I kind of wanted to start doing my yoga pilates, unfortunately I can't do that anymore. The exercise I want to do is all about abs and a no-no with a hernia. My doc said I can't have surgery to fix the hernia right now, so I'll have to wait. On the days when I felt I had the energy, I got out of the house. Walking at a park, mall, museums, etc....was pretty much what I could handle. I overdid it once by hiking 4 miles in Yosemite and I suffered the consequences. I was walking around like a little old lady for almost a month. My bones, muscles and joints hurt so much.

      Remember it is still important to try to do some light stretching, walking, etc. During treatment a lot of us lose a lot of muscle. I remember at one point I couldn't even put my head down to wash my face over the sink. Walking up or down stairs was hard. I felt like my legs were going to give. My body would just shake.

      over 8 years ago
    • Carol-Charlie's Avatar

      Oh Kathy.... Welcome to my world. I was so tired, there were times, I only got up to eat and watched a show or two, and then back to bed. I thank God for My Tom, as I know I wouldn't have eaten well on my own. It was so warm and cozy in bed with a gray cat Charlie warming my sore back and little Spunky warming my tummy as I held him like a Teddy Bear. I know if I'd been alone, I would have forced myself... but I know the tired. I finally asked the onologist why I was so very tired.... His response was so funny I laughed.... He said "Lets see, you've had major surgery, then we started pouring deadly poison into your body to kill the cancer. Your body is fighting hard to bring you 'alive' through this battle. I'd suggest, if you can... sleep when you can. and let God and the drugs work in your body. No one will judge your sleeping a lot.!" AND trust me I got my energy back and then some... It's amazing how wonderful I feel. Now I had two years of chemo... I have a bit of numbness in the tips of my fingers, I have a lot of numbness in my feet (neropathy) and occasionaly a pain will go wizzzing through my feet... or they'll try to make a fist... really that is painful, as God did not design feet for fists. Keep your positive attitude, sleep, smile, and see yourself dancing in the kitchen... That was my vision. I love to dance in the kitchen. My hubby humors me. It's been seven years since my DX with Stage IV ovarian cancer. I've danced with Tom at my grandson's wedding... Oh and I've held two great grandchildren also. There is a life after chemo. Close your eyes, dance in the kitchen of your dreams! God bless you.

      over 8 years ago
    • HeidiJo's Avatar

      I'm with you, by the end of my treatments, I could barely lift a gallon of milk.
      hang in there.

      over 8 years ago
    • NanHope's Avatar

      Chemo WIPED me out! Couldn't do much at all - just get through it...and that's ALL you need to do. Hang in there :)

      over 8 years ago
    • mgm48's Avatar

      . I think listening to your body is very very important but I also think constantly challenging yourself to go beyond where you think you can go. I have done things on my bicycle during chemo that I had never done before. I always feel better and even a little proud of myself. I'm also convinced that the exercise kept me healthier than if I had not exercised.

      Keep it positive and smile :)

      over 8 years ago

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