• Hey guys, So I finished my treatments on the 9th of September. I’ve had chemo, a mastectomy and 30 treatments of radiation.

    Asked by Coopswifey on Friday, September 13, 2019

    Hey guys, So I finished my treatments on the 9th of September. I’ve had chemo, a mastectomy and 30 treatments of radiation.

    I feel as if I’ve been put through the wringer.. My bones hurt my hair is growing back extremely slow and I feel like a burn victim from the radiation. What’s next? I’m not complaining and I’m so thankful I’m alive. Just want to know who else feels this way?

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    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      I'm a different diagnosis, but I felt that way too. And on some issues, I still feel that way and it's been 11 years since my last diagnosis and treatments. Sad to say, but some side effects will hang for a long time, if not forever. We hope you get rid of all of yours.

      3 months ago
    • beachbum5817's Avatar
      beachbum5817

      Give yourself time. Rest when you need to rest. I remember that I felt the same way as you are. With cancer, being done with treatment, doesn't mean really being done. You will eventually feel better. Like Greg said some of the side effects never go away. They just become part of our new normal. Take care.

      3 months ago
    • Jouska's Avatar
      Jouska

      You have been put through the ringer. After chemo I thought in 3 weeks I'd be back to normal. Ha! As my oncologist pointed out, I was doing chemo for 6 months, it would take at least that long to recover. And he was right. Congratulations on finishing treatment and go easy on yourself. It does take time. Little by little it gets better until one day you surprise yourself and go wow, I did something I haven't been able to do. Eat well, exercise and take your time.

      3 months ago
    • Kalee's Avatar
      Kalee

      Fantastic that you have completed your treatment! Congratulations! Your hair will take a little time to get started, but it will grow back, or should anyway...mine did, and you might get what they call "chemo curls"....my hair was normally super straight, but when it did come back it came back curly, i was happy with that.

      3 months ago
    • coolteach51's Avatar
      coolteach51

      I'm 6 months out of chemo and 4 months out of radiation AND almost 4 months into hormone blocker. It just takes some time. Allow yourself a few weeks to just relax. My hair is curly and about 1.5 inches long. My strength is slowly coming back. My radiation burns took about 4 weeks to go away. With all you've been through, just concentrate on healing. The side effects keep popping up and random moments of "awareness". Hormone therapy has its own challenges, if that is next on your agenda. As we head into October, embrace survivorship!

      3 months ago
    • rachelarmom's Avatar
      rachelarmom

      I remember feeling the same way! I remember thinking I would never be the same after chemo. Then you feel so tired and your skin feels so sensitive and sore after radiation. I just made sure to get enough rest, and take the supplements my oncologist told me to. I focused on making sure I was eating well and staying hydrated. That's all we can really do, but it gets better and better over time. One thing that helped me very much was physical therapy!

      3 months ago
    • Carool's Avatar
      Carool

      Hi, Coopswifey! Congratulations on completing your treatment! I’m wishing you all the best from now on.

      3 months ago
    • cllinda's Avatar
      cllinda

      Congratulations on finishing! It took me a good year after everything was over to feel normal again. Give yourself time to heal.

      3 months ago
    • Bug's Avatar
      Bug

      Coopswifey, it’s good to hear from you. Congratulations on finishing treatment! Good for you - you did it. I did not have the same treatment that you did but I think all of us just need time and to be gentle with ourselves.

      3 months ago
    • Grandy's Avatar
      Grandy

      You can be thankful AND complain, especially here! We go through a lot. We can squawk if we want to. (Isn’t that a song somewhere?!)

      3 months ago
    • MargLucy's Avatar
      MargLucy (Best Answer!)

      Congratulations on completing your treatment! This is definitely a time to rejoice, in spite of all you've been through and are presently experiencing. Pat yourself on the back, too, that you are not only alive to complain--something I do often and repeatedly, before I stop and count my blessings, realizing how blessed I am to be alive--but you are also well on your way to getting back to some state of normalcy in your life. I love your attitude and need to emulate you in your approach to the future. I, myself, had five months of chemo before having a mastectomy in July because my breast tumors were growing instead of shrinking. Yes, the chemo wasn't working, but after the mastectomy I was declared cancer free, just to return to more chemotherapy one month after the surgery. This adjuvant therapy, which consists of xeloda, is really taking a toll on my body even more than the chemo I was taking five months before the surgery. My hair, too, is growing back so very slowly, and just when I thought my body was returning to a normal state, I'm back on an oral chemo that has caused more side effects than I've ever experienced, with the exception of hair loss. I won't talk about an appetite and taste buds gone, once again, but I also have this so-called painful, blistering hand and foot syndrome. My hands, feet, and tongue are black, once again; I have a rash that makes me look like a spotted leopard; I go from diarrhea to constipation and back to diarrhea within a week and again, my white blood cells tank after treatment, this time with neutrophils going down to zero--you can't get lower than that! But I, too, am thankful to be alive. Let us both hold on to that, because situation would definitely be worse than they are! There's nothing but sunshine ahead for you. Bask in every moment of life after treatment! You're a winner!

      3 months ago
    • Coopswifey's Avatar
      Coopswifey

      Thank you and everyone else for making me feel whole. I forget sometimes that a lot of you have been through worse things than I have. We all have a story and we are all winners.

      3 months ago
    • Sparkplug's Avatar
      Sparkplug

      Hi Coopswifey. You’re through the worse of it! Yay! I hope you got to ring the bell! Just relax, eat, read, watch tv and hopefully spoil yourself right now. I just finished the same treatments last April. I felt the same way. 5 months later and I feel better and better. I can now cook, do housework, put jewelry on. Smile. Wear normal clothes. ( I wore pajamas for over a year. ) My old self is coming back. I didn’t think I would see her again. You’ll come back!

      3 months ago
    • Grandy's Avatar
      Grandy

      HUGS!

      3 months ago
    • fluteplayer's Avatar
      fluteplayer

      now mouth is full of painful sores and bottom was troubling me until the mouth started. Just finishing up the Ibrance so it might go away on its own. The trouble with my dr, is she never is avalible when you have problems. you call and leave a message but they do not respond .anger is all I know since 1999 when my world fell apart

      2 months ago

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