• I have NO TIME! It seems like it anyway! Have you noticed that you seem to have no time since diagnosis?

    Asked by PattyMarie on Friday, March 16, 2018

    I have NO TIME! It seems like it anyway! Have you noticed that you seem to have no time since diagnosis?

    I can't put my finger on it if it's actually a matter of I am doing more things and busier, or if it's just my mind rushing me. It seems like everything I do I have no patience for, or at least I feel like I have to hurry up and get it done. I can't even carry on a conversation with someone without thinking that I need to wrap this up and get on with the day! Just me??!!

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    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar

      It is definitely not just you!!!! I am the same way. I no longer work, but i never seem to have any time at all. I can't figure it out. I only go to treatments every other week, one day out of 14... but, every single day just speeds by.

      about 1 year ago
    • lh25's Avatar

      Time does seem different. For me, it's going by way faster then I remember. I could swear it was Christmas last week.

      about 1 year ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar

      I have never been good at time management. And cancer definately did NOT improve my time management skills. You would think scheduling Dr. appointments and that sort of thing would force me to manage my time. I do try to keep to a schedule. I plan crash days etc. Even so I am always behind. I was retired when I was diagnosed. But as caretaker for my parents and brother, I had to accomplish a number of tasks. Since cancer time seems to drag but I don't accomplish anything. Of the chronic pain and fatigue that was only of and on is now constant. When I do push myself I crash.

      about 1 year ago
    • Ejourneys' Avatar

      Same here, but I can point to some of the causes:

      1. Side effects. Time passes more quickly because I'm slower. I have to rest my hands more, and I can't multi-task the way I used to. I need to take more breaks in general.
      2. Caregiving. My partner has slowed considerably. She moves more slowly, needs more help, and her words come more slowly as well. Her speech can be filled with long pauses. A doctor's appointment now can take 3-5 times as long now as it used to, between preparations to leave, post-appointment food, and communication with health care providers. What used to be a one-or two-hour excursion can easily take up most of a day.

      I tend to spring back to my usual speed when I'm away from the house by myself doing errands, but once I get home I feel pretty exhausted.

      about 1 year ago

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