• recovery from chemo

    Asked by RobbieFlores on Saturday, May 18, 2013

    recovery from chemo

    I just completed 12 sessions of chemo and 24 Erbitux treatments. I'm done. Cancer free. Ready to go back to work as a meatcutter. How long of a recovery should I expect? I was off work for a year and a half.

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    • Peroll's Avatar

      Robbie, I want to know where to get the shirt in your photo. Please let me know. I want one.

      Congratilationson being cancer free and done with treatment.

      As for recovery time it depends on a lot of factors, like what kind of shape you are in and exactly what your treatments were. As a meat cutter you need our strength so if you are still weak you might want to get a referal to physical therapy. It can help you get back in shape. You also probably want to take things slow at first as it will take some time to get back into shape and your old working form. Good Luck!!!!

      over 3 years ago
    • RobbieFlores' Avatar

      Peroli, thanks and I searched the internet for the picture of the shirt. There's alot of different versions out there ;0) I actually gained weight before and during this last dance with chemo. So I am out of shape bigtime and i have zero stamina. but the way I see it after what I've been through losing weight should be a piece of cake. I was just wondering about the chemo induced insomnia , the fatigue, my feet swell up when I do try to walk and excercise. I know it will take time , I'm hoping maybe a couple months ..

      over 3 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar

      This is great news. I am so happy for you
      Tickle c. told us about the livestrong program at the YMCA.. I am starting mine june 3rd..look for a program near you because they specialize in exercise for cancer folks and will give you one on one attention in a small group setting. And its free for 12 weeks!

      over 3 years ago
    • leepenn's Avatar

      congratulations on finishing up treatment!!!! yay for cancer free!

      as for recovery, get a movin, and it will go faster... make sure you eat healthfully and all that jazz... and it will go faster. get your meat-cuttin-hand back in action so you can recover your muscle tone etc... start small, and work your way up.

      if you're struggling, ask for a physical therapy session (or two or three) to help you regain your strength etc... they should be able to guide you in terms of specific concerns related to your surgery etc...

      hope that helps.

      i have all kinds of advice in this area. i'm an athlete - bike racer - and i was in darn good form going into the diagnosis. i'm just now returning to that kind of form again... not really sure how my form compares to my pre-treatment self, but i'm putting the hurt on the guys again, and that sure is fun. i might even throw my hat into a bike race or two in the upcoming weeks....

      choosing something you LOVE is most important - then get out there and do it. and go hard - with a side of caution to prevent injury.... and you'll quickly start getting stronger... and you'll sleep super well as well. that's one thing i love - that deep relaxing sleep after pushing myself hard... and when i first starting upping my effort, that deep sleep was truly glorious.

      and the XXX cancer sweatshirt is awesome - there are many versions of XXX cancer on socks, hats, shirts, and more.

      right when i was diagnosed, i did this 24 hour bike race with a team of three other people. right before one of my shifts, this dude comes up to me and say hey - my wife wants to make you a XXX cancer hat (i didn't know him... but my diagnosis had been announced by a few of my friends)... so he asks me what colors i like and so on. and we were coming into fall, so it was going to be a warm knit hat... i settled on grey and black... then went off to ride my shift... and then, when i came off the course, he gave me a hat! whoa!!!!! his wife was one excellent knitter - speedy too! anyway, i have an asterisk like your shirt because i wear the hat in a wide range of venues... so it takes a little bit of the edge off. but, i get a ton of satisfaction wearing that hat. and i wear it a lot.

      XXX cancer! i feel that strongly about cancer.

      hope everyone has a peaceful day.


      over 3 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      Congratulatiions again on being done with treatment and given the big NED! Time off will be different for most everyone. I worked through my treatments, although I didn't do as much as I usually did. But it was a year or so before I was doing as well as I was before treatment. And then I don't think I was up to par with prior to treatments.

      Work slow, build up to it, and have patience. Good luck!!

      over 3 years ago
    • JennyMiller's Avatar

      The cumulative fatigue from treatment hangs on for awhile. The process of regaining energy was very gradual and seemed like forever. However, after six months, I no longer needed that afternoon nap -- from that point on, I found myself doing more and getting less tired. It has been 11 months since my last radiation treatment and I am feeling great. I am retired so I cannot tell you how I would have progressed in the working world. Also, everyone is different and some people bounce back faster and better than others. I wish you the best.

      over 3 years ago

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