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    Do you tell people not to hug you since you've had cancer?

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    bigjan asked a questionThyroid Cancer

    Between everyone having the flu and now allergies have people sneezing and snorting, do you still hug?

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      andreacha

      If I go out at all since this flu started going around I double-mask and wear latex gloves. No hugging.

      2 months ago
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      geekling

      Im not treating.

      I hug.

      I wash my hands a lot and keep them away from my face.

      2 months ago
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      JustForToday

      Was getting chemo at height of flu season. Immune system highly compromised. No hugs and stayed home to avoid illness. Chemo over and blood counts close to normal now. Hugging friends and shopping, too. I think shopping puts me at more risk than hugging (smile).

      2 months ago
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    bigjan asked a questionThyroid Cancer

    Exercising during chemo? Did you?

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      Lynne-I-Am

      Yes , I excercised.I have always been a walker and was walking several miles a day right up to my diagnosis when I couln’t eat and, as it turned out, was full of ascites. Like clinda I took it very slow at first, slowly building my strength back up after surgery. Short walks turned into longer walks but it was a process. The thrird day post chemo was usually the most difficult for me with the fatigue so I was kind to myself and rested on these days. Some kind of excercise is important during chemo, with me it helped with constipation and elevated my mood.

      3 months ago
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      LiveWithCancer

      Yes. It was NOT easy, but i got up every morning and walked my dogs before work and i walked them when i got home. Sometimes, i could only go a few blocks, but generally i could make a lot more. I also took my dogs to agility practice and/or trials while undergoing chemo. I wanted to maintain as normal a life as I possibly could.

      I have no proof of it, to say the least, but i will always credit my dogs and my desire to do right by them by maintaining our activities as closely as i could to before diagnosis times with keeping me alive. At the least, it helped keep my spirits up and got me started from the beginning to continue LIVING life, despite a dire diagnosis, despite horrible chemo, despite terrible side effects, throughout this journey.

      I have been reading A LOT lately about the benefits of exercise for cancer patients. They are numerous. I just finished a vigorous walk on the treadmill and a shorter ride on the recumbent bicycle ... i am beat now, but i guarantee you my blood pressure improved significantly because of the exercise. (I forgot to take it before i started today, but it lowers a lot after i exert myself through exercise.)

      3 months ago
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      Whitey61

      Firm believer in exercise, did it during chemo and after, sure, the hardest part for me was getting out of bed and going, but once there felt much better, I was in Livestong YMCA as a patient, still am in Immunotheraphy now and brought into the program as a Mentor/Trainer for past 2 years, I see the transformation of patients thru the program and almost all of them continue as alumni...Get the body moving any way you can, you will feel better for it.

      3 months ago
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