• Emotional changes

    Asked by MouseGoddess on Wednesday, January 18, 2012

    Emotional changes

    I'm doing chemo for the fourth time and this drug combo (Rituxon and Treanda) has left me so tired and weak, I can only stand up for about twenty minutes or less and my knees want to buckle. I seem to be more emotional now and cry at the drop of a hat! I wonder if it's from the drugs or from being basically bed-bound? Anyone else have an emotional problem with any chemo?

    3 Answers from the Community

    • CarolLHRN's Avatar


      Many different chemos effect your hormones. Mine has caused me to go into chemopause (menopause caused by chemo). Because I am going through menopause, I have found myself to be much more emotional.

      Going through the cancer journey is difficult and emotional. Even when I am not on chemo, I have many emotions. Sometimes I forget about everything and can be happy. Sometimes I am angry that this happened to me. Sometimes I am sad because of everything and I am just wiped of energy and can't take another step (physical or mental).

      It's important to have an outlet for your emotions. They are very real and don't try to tuck them away. I keep a journal and write when I am feeling emotional and sometimes when I'm not. I never go back to read my entries. Just getting it out on paper helps so much.

      I also see a psychologist periodically. I really think to beat cancer, it's not just the physical aspect but the emotional and mental aspect as well.

      Good luck and don't be afraid of the tears!

      almost 5 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      It's a funny thing, the mind. I have always had a rock solid positive attitude, nothing affects me type of mind. 23 years ago, anyway, this time when I was diagnosed for the 3rd time, I being older went through emotions I didn't have the first 2 times, I was mad, went through the "why me" syndrome, cried a little, was scared. But then I snapped out of it and got back to the positive attitude feeling and pressed on.

      Now, not everyone can do that, it's a powerfull thing the positive attitude, not everyone can get it, and women are different than men in the emotions. So, all I can offer is even rock solid me, had emotional problems, and even when I go speak to groups about the cancer journey, I get emotional when I start talking about loosing my parents to cancer.
      I wish you nothing but the best and happiness!

      almost 5 years ago
    • akristine's Avatar

      After I was diagnosed in September, I did have a bit of a pity party (by myself--no friends invited). Then I was angry for a while (why me?) and cursed my damaged body. I realized that was a bad idea because I'm basically a fighter. Remember the scene in "Lethal Weapon" with Danny Glover standing at the end of the alley with his gun pointed at the bad guy driving towards him? "No way you win. No way!" That's how I feel about the cancer. In the last year, I've had two tumors removed (one benign lipoma from under my right arm and the large bad boy from my fanny), lymphedema and resulting leg ulcers that were finally cured, and pulmonary emboli in both lungs. I already have 33 years of epilepsy experience, three years of osteoarthritis in both knees, and two years of ulnar neuropathy. Some days I feel like Job; other days, I look at the heavens and say, "Is that all you've got? Bring it!" I too wish you nothing but the best and happiness--and the strength to handle whatever happens.

      almost 5 years ago

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