• Questions of those who've gone before: 1) did you have energy to work and exercise; 2) did you change your diet - to what; 3) did you have

    Asked by fiddler on Saturday, January 26, 2013

    Questions of those who've gone before: 1) did you have energy to work and exercise; 2) did you change your diet - to what; 3) did you have

    energy to exercise - what kind? Thanks

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    • Nomadicme's Avatar

      After the first two rounds of AC I was able to exercise quite well on weeks 2 and immediately after chemo (late in day 2 I'd be fading). And by exercise I mean going at it hard, intense cardio for 40 min. Unfortunately AC wreaks havoc with red blood cells and by round 3 I was feeling very weak (I got dose dense, which is a bit harsher, every 3 weeks you'd do better). So by the time that was done and the "milder" chemo started I was feeling sorry for myself and didn't exercise anymore. I definitely could have benefited from walks.
      I did work throughout, I'd have my chemo on Wednesdays, so I could have the weekend to recuperate (by the third AC round I was sleeping 48 hrs straight). I had a very supportive work environment, there were times I just put my head down on my desk and would sleep for two hours.
      From a volunteer at then hospital where I got my surgeries, shed go dancing the night of her chemo treatments (you feel good, pumped full of steroids). Good luck on your journey, remember this too shall pass.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Cindy's Avatar

      I worked at a desk job while I was going through chemo and only took a few days off after each of my first 4 chemo treatments. I took about a week and a half after the 5th one and about 2 weeks off after the last one. I changed my diet to a high in fiber diet. Except for swimming, I did not feel like exercising until after 9 months after my last chemo treatment. After the 9 months, I started with walking 15 minutes a few days a week and gradually worked up to about 30 minutes a day almost every day.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Debbie's Avatar

      fiddler- chemo knocked me for a loop from day one. Appetite was gone so I pretty much had to force myself to eat anything. Chemo brain made it just about impossible to work. And forget about exercise. I know every journey is different and hope yours is a smooth one. Best of luck to you.

      almost 4 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      1) I still worked, but had to make some adjustments for the days I felt really bad from side effects. It wasn't so much a question of energy as it was being sick. But I didn't have enough time or energy left over to exercise, I had too much to catch up from my "down days" that non-essentials just had to go.

      2) chemo changed my diet for me. I ate what I could tolerate which was pretty much limited to tomatoes, cheese, and crackers.

      3) no

      almost 4 years ago
    • alivenwell's Avatar

      I am exhaused after treatment, but one week later, I am exercising again. I need it to get rid of the stress. During treatment, I have simple carbs like pasta. After treatment, I eat high protein and lots of fresh fruit/veggies to pick up my blood count.

      almost 4 years ago
    • JennyMiller's Avatar

      I found great strength in a "positive attitude". When I applied "mind over matter", I would be able to get off that couch -- get moving -- get out of the house -- walk -- shop -- socialize -- and go out for dinner. During chemo, we would go out to dinner early (4 PM) to avoid the crowds. I would shop or walk the mall early on a Monday morning when it would be just about empty. With these precautions, I did not catch any of the colds, etc. that were going around. I am retired -- so work was not an issue but I will say that it may have been a challenge for me on Day 2 and 3. I wish you the best.

      almost 4 years ago
    • debco148's Avatar

      Fiddler.. on days 2-4 after a chemo treatment.. I did not want to do much. Taking the anti-nausea meds then also kicked my butt. I did however find that on week 2, I could go to Zumba and even did a boxing class at a pretty high intensity. The only thing I noticed was that I'd have to be careful about turning around or twirling during Zumba.. got dizzy so quickly. Still seem to have that issue 5 months after. As for meals.. not much appetite or huge appetite during first 2 days after steroids.. so weird. Eat small meals more frequently. At this time don't worry too much about what it is, it is more about what satisfies you or helps with taste. Found Oranges, Watermelon, smoothies with vanilla flavor and berries good (added protein). It was more satisfying to drink one of these than to eat on those days. Just keep up your fluids to flush out and temper constipation. After chemo then I focused on a very healthy diet low animal protein (only organic chicken, turkey, grass fed beef), lots of greens, root veggies, and fruit. (still need my sweets, but I try to make sure I eat the good stuff)Only real whole food now, nothing processed. Read everything for what they sneak in like soy and corn syrup..these are known to stimulate bad cell growth. Yes, you can work, but you will feel like you are in a fog most of the time so make sure you have the support you need at work.
      Best of luck.. we are pulling for you!

      almost 4 years ago
    • gwendolyn's Avatar

      Except for 3 weeks after surgery, I have worked as much as I could (from home) during treatment: 20-30 hours/week. I do think it helped keep my brain sharp. I also walked almost every day, at least a short walk, and kept stretching. At times my red blood counts were low and I didn't do much of anything for a few days, here and there. Towards the end of my chemo series I started back slowly with strength-training. I made sure to watch my fiber and fluid intake, but otherwise just ate what I could tolerate during chemo.

      almost 4 years ago
    • blondie's Avatar

      Haven't work since illness. Dealing with neuropathy and taking gabapentin. Have to be careful with stairs, steps, and uneven ground. Diet - eat what you can. Make a list of what came back up. Try to eat that food again in two or three days. Give this list to your doctor and he/she will make dietary suggestions. Maybe he/she can suggest a dietician.

      almost 4 years ago
    • princess123's Avatar

      I had no energy before I started treatments. Walking for essential was a chore. After 2 treatments I felt a little better but still not alot of energy. I am on chemo break now ( will never stop having some kind of treatment) and have a little energy. I think my biggest energy problem now is that I went for a year not having enough energy to even take a walk and so my body is not built up enough to keep me going. I am now going on longer walks trying to get built back up. If you possibly can, keep doing what ever exercise you can, just to keep from getting like I am. I think it would be easier to keep up some strength if you do a little now instead of trying to get it back later.

      almost 4 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      I do not have enough energy to work full time and am on SSI disability. I do have time to pick up an occasional free lance job which I can do from home. I have enough energy to walk for about 15-20 min most days and take a hour Pilates or light yoga class the day before my infusion during my infusion cycle. I do have more energy on my off weeks, so I do walk more, and take advantage of going out and seeing friends. I have really cleaned up my food, eating very little processed items, watching my sodium and sugar intake, and limiting my sweets

      almost 4 years ago
    • Steph921's Avatar

      I worked during chemo, I'm single with a mortgage so I try to do as much as possible. I would have treatments on Wednesdays and I found I would be fading by Friday afternoon so I would recover during the weekend. There were days at work when the "chemo brain" kicked in but I just did the best I could. I didn't have enough left over to exercise, unless you count laundry, etc as exercise. Lol! Not enough energy for anything extra although my dr suggested walking or yoga. I'm an emotional eater so I would not necessarily eat what was good for me. I had a strange craving for ice cream during chemo so that's what I ate. I also ate a lot of comfort food, mac and cheese, etc. Many foods that I usually eat tasted funny to me so I figured it was better to at least eat something. On the bad days after chemo I didn't eat much of anything but maybe soup. I found miso soup to be especially tasty. You can buy it in an envelope at World Market to keep on hand in case you don't feel like going out to get it. Good luck and prayers to you!!

      almost 4 years ago
    • Myungclas' Avatar

      I worked and exercised all the way through chemo. I was a little weaker on days 2 and 3 after a treatment, but I bounced back pretty quickly. Your body uses protein to replace white cells, so the more of that you can get down, the sooner your energy will return. Too bad meat tasted nasty after chemo! I ate a lot of minestrone (protein in the beans) and doused any meat I ate with barbecue sauce (the acidity of tomatoes seemed to neutralize the metallic taste). I applaud you for being proactive in figuring all this put. Good luck with the journey!

      almost 4 years ago
    • SoccerLisaMom's Avatar

      I exercised through my chemotherapy and radiation. I had A/C biweekly for four weeks...when doing that I would have a chemo treatment on Monday and do Zumba class for an hour at our local Y on Tuesday. I did the day after Chemo as I knew that would be one of the days my count would be at it highest. Then I did 12 weeks weekly Taxol again Chemo on Monday and Zumba on Tuesdays. I also worked during my chemotherapy and radiation treatments. I took 6 weeks off from work when I had a double mastectomy with one breast reconstructed. This worked for me as the Zumba class gave me energy to keep going along with the best support system ever. Plus for me I needed to keep my life as normal as possible.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Loafer's Avatar

      Hi fiddler - I worked FT during chemo treatments and even traveled out of state on business after #2 and #4. I took treatment days off and worked from home on neulesta day and the day after. I have a 2 1/2 hour round trip commute which is taxing. I also work long days so I'm usually wiped out by the time I get home from work. I have dinner and go to bed. I walk on a treadmill on weekends since its winter in Michigan. My husband cooks dinner and its always balanced and healthy. I haven't made any real dietary changes with the exception of alcohol. I used to drink a glass of wine every day and gave that up during chemo. Now that I've finished chemo, think I'll have one only on weekends. My onc said to increase exercise to an hour a day, three times a week. Hope to be able to do that. Good luck to you!!

      over 3 years ago
    • Nancebeth's Avatar

      I took off 9 weeks after my bilateral mastectomy and reconstruction. I worked throughout my chemo. It was difficult because I work for Parks and Recreation so it was not a sedentary job. I was exhausted. I changed my diet after I started having some IBS symptoms and some other GI issues. I stopped eating beef and pork. I rarely eat chicken or turkey. I am pretty much pescatarian now. I finally have energy to exercise again and I mainly do Spinning and Yoga and Pilates.

      over 3 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar

      I was working full time at time of Dx and continued to work through Dx and Tx...for me this was a way to NOT be a victim......My DH got me walking...some days it as all I could do to walk to the street corner, other days we walk 20 min to 1/2 hour...I only changed my diet because there were certain things that I could not eat during chemo.....and since finishing Tx I don't eat some things before Dx, but its not because of "healthy" eating, but because I don't like somethings anymore...but I ate healthy before and still eat heathy,but if I want something I eat it....life is too hsor to deny myself!!!!

      over 3 years ago
    • speedy's Avatar

      I took 5 weeks off after my double mastectomy and went back to work after my first round of 6 chemo. I work in the receiving dept and have a very physical job. My co workers supported me 100%. I also exercised almost every day except on the days I had chemo. It was very tough but I made myself do it anyway. I walked on the treadmill, used the elyptical machine and lifted some weights. I feel I got my strenght back much quicker than if I had done nothing. Feeling sorry for myself was and still is not option for me. I only had to take one day off during chemo, the neulasta shot kicked my butt. During chemo I ate what tasted good to me, mostly bland food, mashed potatoes, jugurt, bananas,... Now I eat a healthy diet with lots of fruit and vegetables. I don't eat red meat but a lot of fish and chicken. You too will do what ever it takes to get trough this jurney and you will be stronger for it. Best wishes to you.

      over 3 years ago
    • fiddler's Avatar

      You guys are so awesome! Thank you for all your responses - they're helping, a lot. I see onc tomorrow p.m. for tx planning.

      over 3 years ago
    • Mel's Avatar

      Hi. I never missed a day through chemo sick or not. AC was pretty rough for me once done back to work 3 hrs later I was sick and sick for 3 solid days but by mid 2nd week I was trying to run 2miles on tread. and pretty much did that rest of way through that treatment. It was like clock work get treatment be sick feel better try and run eating everything was off but I still ate of course I didn't get lucky and lose any weight. On my Taxol I did really well with but I hated getting the steroid. I still ate like always did and I did workout almost every day. Of course don't feel like I can go like I used to at all as far as breath and muscles being tight and sore, but made me feel better doing it. Still no weight loss for me but I'm trying and trying to do more healthier eating and juicing now and portion control. Since had my implants put in I'm back at that no working out and driving me nuts!!. :)

      over 3 years ago
    • HeidiJo's Avatar

      I had 6 chemo treatments over all; I started out by cutting my work week in half, but by the end I had gone on leave. I did yoga through out, that helped a lot, but other forms of exercise I couldn't do. But I have heard of people who have worked through out, and excercised too, it really depends on the chemo and the person. Listen to your body, it will tell you what you can handle!

      over 3 years ago

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