• I have finished 15 months of treatment for IBC. I'm wiped out. When do I get some strength back?

    Asked by Viking on Friday, January 18, 2013

    I have finished 15 months of treatment for IBC. I'm wiped out. When do I get some strength back?

    Depressed, trouble sleeping, overeating, fear if recurrence, missing the routine of the "fight"

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    • nancyjac's Avatar

      I also had IBC. Finished active treatment a little over 2 months ago. I've replaced the treatment routine, with the regain strength, energy,, and the lose the weight I gained last year routine. Takes just as much time as treatment. But the refocusing and the physical activity and exercise sure helps with the fatigue, weight, and sleeping issues.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Peroll's Avatar

      Viking, I would ask for a referal to physical therapy as it can help you regain your stregnth and do so in a safe and effective way. I have and currently am using it to help me. You should also know that cancer treatments, chemo in particular, can effect the seretonin levels in the brain that cause depression and most cancer Drs are not well trained to recognise that. If you are depressed please seek treatment from your Drs or a depression specalist as it can easliyl bre treated with meds. I know this first hand. Good Luck

      almost 4 years ago
    • JennyMiller's Avatar

      I finished Chemo in April and Radiation at the end of June. By the end of August, I was gaining enough strength to enjoy a Bus Tour that we went on. Thereafter, both my strength and my hair returned at an acceptable pace. It was great to have energy for the Holidays. However, every once in awhile, I will have one of those "fatigue days" where I have to just sit back and allow my body to re-energize. Like all healing processes, it takes time. Best of luck to you!

      almost 4 years ago
    • SusanK's Avatar

      You've just spent 15 months at war. Give yourself a few more months to feel "well." You need time to adjust to life without constant appointments. It is normal to fear recurrence, but I think as time passes, you will learn how to compartmentalize those fears and not feel them constantly. I finshed chemo in April and reconstruction in early September. I'm still dealing with the, "What now?" Coming to this website daily is part of it for me, and enjoying my grandchildren more often, doing some fun things just because I now can. Please know we all go through what you are dealing with now; some of us adjust more quickly and more easily, that's all. If you need to talk to a cancer counselor to help you through, that's what you have to do. But understand it takes months to feel like it's all behind you, physically and emotionally.

      almost 4 years ago

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