• How long after treatment before you feel as though it is all over?

    Asked by Meme2four on Friday, April 26, 2013

    How long after treatment before you feel as though it is all over?

    I am still trying to gain energy. I have more bad days than good. I keep pushing myself but feel this is taking be back in my recovery. I am still swollen under my arm and still experience pain on both the underarm and breast.

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    • karen1956's Avatar

      I was told that however long you were in Tx is how long it takes to feel better.....It is definitely one day at a time.....be gentle with yourself....take time to heal.....give yourself permission to let others do things for you....it does get better!!!

      over 3 years ago
    • JennyMiller's Avatar

      I was told that it takes six months for the chemo to get out of your system. However, following chemo, I had 7 weeks of radiation and then started taking Arimidex -- so the fatigue lingered. As time passed, the need for the afternoon nap was gone -- then there were more good days than bad. I finished chemo 4/12/12 and radiation 6/24/12 -- I am now experiencing more energy and more good days. Once in awhile, I will get one of those "couch days" but I think everyone gets them. At first, I had absolutely no feeling under my arm and around the shoulder area so I was using that arm freely. As the feeling returned, I found that it was very tender and sensitive. I am very careful when I reach with it because if I stretch it too much, it will be so sore for a couple of days. I guess it is never "all over" but it sure does get better. I wish you the best.

      over 3 years ago
    • Msreje's Avatar

      Hello Meme2four, your question is a tough one. I finished treatment in November- taxotere, carbo and herceptin and have been going for herceptin every three weeks ever since. I am on tamoxiphen too. I still do not feel like myself and push myselt too. I feel drained. You do not say that you are tired but have pain. Please call your doctor. Find out if you should be feeling this way. I was taught during chemo that if we do not communicate and express what we are experiencing we cannot be helped. Our battle is never over, we constantly worry about the what if..... We need to be strong and fight back. We have been given a challenge in life and we are going to win!!!!! Take care of yourself and please reach out to your doctor. Feel better and remember one day at a time.

      over 3 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      Each type of treatment is different, for the different types of cancer, and we all tend to take it differently and since our bodies are different from each other the recovery time will be different. That being said, I can tell you that from the day I was done with treatment, each of the three times I have fought cancer, I started feeling better. The first two I got over faster than the last one. I think because I was 24 years older now. But even with that one I started feeling better right away. But I still have some side effects that are hanging on and it's been over 4 years now. I hope you get to feeling better, little at a time, but quick for you.

      over 3 years ago
    • SusanK's Avatar

      I don't know if you will ever feel as though "it is all over." I wonder if anyone who has battled cancer ever truly feels this. We conclude our treatment and the appointments lessen and we move forward, living life. I am a year from my last chemo and I feel fine; the side effects are gone, I have my hair, my fingernails are almost normal. But I'm a different person inside. I am more sensitive to others, partiularly others who are fighting cancer. I find myself volunteering to do more for others. Every day I think about what I've gone through when I connect with someone on this website. I still see my oncologist and surgeons periodically. Your physical reminders will fade over time, and I don't think anyone can predict how long that will take. Please try to stay strong and don't be discouraged. The good days outnumber the bad, if you can be patient. But I wonder if we're ever truly "over" this.

      over 3 years ago
    • Myungclas' Avatar

      It's so true that much of the discomfort and inconvenience lingers for awhile after treatment is over. I just kept reminding myself that every scar and every bit of tolerable discomfort was simply evidence that I am stronger than the disease that tried to take my life. Keeping it in perspective helped me to not get discouraged. Hang in there! You've done the hardest part.

      over 3 years ago
    • mcowett's Avatar

      Sometimes I feel as though it will never be truly over. My last tx was Feb. 18th but I still have herceptin infusions through Aug.. I have pain every day and something else always seems to pop up - swelling, a rash, tears, yet I am committed to managing all these little leftover clingy side effects. HOWEVER, I came to a nice realization yesterday. I was feeling down and out of control. I seemed to be living is a constant state of "ready to react" to the unexpected aches, pains, emotions, & fatigue. And then I dialed that perspective around, I looked at it more like the unfolding of new me. That perspective gave me more control. So if this makes any sense; be patient and enjoy and embrace the unfolding rather than submit to reacting. It's working for me these past 2 days : )) Hang in there, you are doing GREAT!!!!

      over 3 years ago
    • HearMeRoar's Avatar

      Oh it WILL be all over for me. That I can promise!! After radiation I know I'll have tamoxifen and follow-up appointments but I'm not living in this (cancer) world any longer than I need to!!

      over 3 years ago
    • IKickedIt's Avatar

      It ain't over when it's over. Unfortunately! I'm a year and a half (this week!) from my last treatment, but I'm far from being back to my old self. It took almost a year to diagnose all of the damage the chemo caused. Yes, there are days when I get so frustrated and say, "Enough already!" But, what will be will be. I'm alive and I'm cancer-free and if that means I'll never have the feeling back in my feet or ride a bike because my balance is fried , so be it. I'm here with my beautiful family and amazing friends and for that, I'm grateful. I keep reminding myself that it's a small price to pay for 40+ more years.

      over 3 years ago
    • juleegill's Avatar

      B12 shots every 3 weeks will help. The breast area and under arm still feel numb; if I touch the area there is tingling--weird sensation. But I felt the same type of thing after I had a facelift--many years ago. That took a couple of years to get all the nerves back in shape--so I assume this will take longer because they took out 13 lymph nodes as well as the breast.

      over 3 years ago

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