• i recently finished 25 external radiation treatments, 5 chemo treatments and 5 internal radiation treatments. My body and mind are so screwed up and im wondering how long its going to take to start feeling back to normal if that ever happens at all.

    Asked by Rene82 on Thursday, May 16, 2013

    i recently finished 25 external radiation treatments, 5 chemo treatments and 5 internal radiation treatments. My body and mind are so screwed up and im wondering how long its going to take to start feeling back to normal if that ever happens at all.

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    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      Hi Rene,
      It's different for most of us, but for me, I started feeling better the day I finished treatments. As far as getting "back to normal" some of us never get there. You learn that each thing you regain is a gift and are happy with whatever stage you reach or get back to. Some of us get back and can't tell they were ever sick. I did the first two times, my last one kicked me pretty good though, I'm not getting back this time. But I'm good with where I'm at, if that makes any sense to you.

      over 4 years ago
    • Sallyzim's Avatar
      Sallyzim

      Hi Rene
      I had exactly the same treatment last year in July. I have had 2 set backs, my father past away in September and I had to have an intestinal op in February which I am sure affected my recovery.. I still get tired very quickly and feel a bit disconnected. I think there is a new "normal" after treatment, it is difficult to find and live with as those around us expect us to be the same because we don't show any physical signs of being "sick". I have found that One step at a time, one day at a time, with gratitude and allowing yourself to be where you are are the best way forward. I don't think we will ever be the same but if you really look at it does it matter if we create a new normal for ourselves. Hope this helps and if you would to email me any time please feel free. It helps to "talk it out". Sally [email redacted]

      over 4 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar
      CAS1

      Try your best to stay hydrated and to get moving with exercise as difficult as it is try and push yourself because this aids healing. Just walking. And drink as much water as you possibly can because you need to flush your body of all that treatment including the radiation.

      And consider meditation because its proven to improve the immune system

      over 4 years ago
    • gwendolyn's Avatar
      gwendolyn

      CAS1 is right. Get moving. Slowly at first it will make you feel more alive, even if initially it is the last thing you feel like doing. YMCA has an excellent self-paced exercise program for cancer patients/survivors called LiveStrong. It's free and you will meet other survivors there trying to get back on their feet.

      over 4 years ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar
      BoiseB

      I found that I had Chemo Brain really bad. It was almost a year before my daughter said to me mom we have had a real conversation. I did do several things to get my brain back. One I played computer games. I played Civilization III. One word of warning however it is addictive. Getting back physically sort of depends on how good your physical therapist is. My last physical therapist was a real Marine Drill Sargent. And I got back to better than I was before the reoccurance.

      over 4 years ago

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