• When you got news your chemo was over with, how long did it take you to recover and what did you have to do to get your body back?

    Asked by spratt8687 on Wednesday, September 26, 2012

    When you got news your chemo was over with, how long did it take you to recover and what did you have to do to get your body back?

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    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      I was still pretty nauseous for about the first month following my last round. I can remember my first week of chemo. After receiving chemo for 5 straight days (M-F) Saturday was HORRIBLE. It wasn't so much of an issue with the nausea, although I was nauseous, it was the feeling that I was poisoned (which I was). All I wanted to do was lay in bed curled up in the fetal position. No noise, no movement. JUST LEAVE ME ALONE AND LET ME DEAL WITH THIS. That feeling is something I'll never forget but by the last round (12 weeks later) I think my body was use to that aspect of it but the nausea was really bad. It took a solid 4 weeks for me to start feeling like a normal person again. 56 months later I'm still feeling pretty good with the exception of the neuropathy. That I can handle though.

      almost 5 years ago
    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      6 months later, not 56.... : /

      almost 5 years ago
    • teddyfuzz's Avatar

      It took me about four weeks until the aches started going away and I didn't have that crappy "chemo" feeling. By six weeks the chemo brain and fatigue started going away. After eight weeks, I could take the stairs at work again. I would still be a little out of breath but didn't feel like I was going to fall over and die. Drink LOTS of water and try to at least walk a little bit. That will help in flushing the poison out of your system.

      almost 5 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      My chemo was years ago, but as I remember, my mind recovered long before my body did. I would go home to our farm and plan on doing some things and the body would say NO. I thought I could do things but I couldn't. This last time, 4 years ago, no chemo just radiation. After a month or so I started to build up strength again, but still today I can't do what I could before treatment. Being 24 years older than I was the first time probably has something to do with it.

      almost 5 years ago
    • jakechaya's Avatar

      My struggle was from the chemo side effects. My cognitive skill loss, (chemo brain) and a persistent dry cough lasted nearly 6 months after treatment ended. I am cancer free for almost a year and I still struggle with fatigue, neuropathy and insomnia, but the insomnia has dissipated greatly.

      I am thankful I got my taste back, but most foods don't have the rich flavor I remember. At least I don't taste metallic paint.My cognitive skills have returned but the neuropathy has remained constant. Stay physically and mentally active and take it one day at a time.

      almost 5 years ago
    • MelRobelo's Avatar

      I had six months of ABVD ending in June 2010, and it's just with the last three or four months that I feel like I'm finally back to my old self. Don't get me wrong...every month things improved a little. But recently, I can actually say "I feel better physically than I have in years!" Yes, I still have 25 pounds or so to lose, but I have energy, I feel young again...and all that stuff is good. My situation might be different from yours because I was 34 weeks pregnant when diagnosed, and my baby was delivered right away so I could start treatment. My body never had a chance to recover from the stress of pregnancy and delivery, which is a 6-12 month recovery anyway, because I started chemo 2 weeks after my daughter was born. I also didn't head to the gym and start working out. I did a lot of walking, but that was it. I'm not sure how quickly things would have changed for me if I had worked a little bit harder at building my muscles back up. But for sure, 2 years later, I'm feeling really good.

      almost 5 years ago
    • IKickedIt's Avatar

      I'm almost a year since I finished chemo and I just keep reminding myself that I'm cancer-free and that helps me deal with the lingering side effects. My chemo caused quite a bit of nerve damage, some repairable some not so I am going to PT and trying to relearn gross motor skills. I have been in a boot for 4 months due to broken bones in my foot from my clumsiness I now I have because of the nerve damage. When I said something to my son yesterday was was home from college about how frustrated I am, he said, "Mom, at least you're not wearing your chemo bag."

      Everyone is different. There are certain side effects that wore of pretty quickly (my taste buds came back almost immediately...as did the weight I had lost!), but the muscles aches, stiffness and chemo brain are still there. I still have neuropathy, but I can handle that and have adapted.

      I'm a very optimistic person and was very positive during my treatments, always looking at the brighter aspect of things (or at least making fun of the situation - quite embarrassed my teenaged boys since I had colon cancer and you should have heard some of the things that came out of my mouth!), so I am looking at this as the new me, my new body, but I see this as an opportunity to reinvent myself, to take what I have learned and embrace it as a life experience that I can use to help others.

      almost 5 years ago
    • HeidiJo's Avatar

      After my last treatment, I somehow thought I was going to get up and be my old self, I cleaned the ouuse, went jogging, didn't nap; this lasted for about 2 days. Big mistake! I ended up in bed for a week! The one thing I found they don't tell you is how long the road back is. You have to be patient and listen to your body. I felt I was getting stronger month to month, but in reality it took about 20 months before I really felt strong again. You need to build yjour strength up with rest, eating healthy and exercise. Most of all; don't over do it!

      almost 5 years ago
    • markmather's Avatar

      Slow and steady wins the race. Recovery has been an amazing process of renewal for me. The chemo took so much from me both physically and mentally. The chemo brain goes away with applied focus and purpose. The nueropathy seems to end up in your feet and still is a problem if I am on my feet all day. I took probiotics and medicinal mushrooms for my digestive tract. Now I am working on all the muscle deterioration. Working out with weights and riding my bicycle. Once you make it through chemo things can only get better and they do with time.

      almost 5 years ago

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