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    MargeGh asked a questionBreast Cancer

    Has going back to everyday activities been a little hard on you too?

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      PinkyPromise

      Thanks for asking this question, MargeGh! I've been struggling with the fact that I "look" all better now, but I'm not as productive as people would expect. (Who knew that dishes and laundry in the same day could feel like CrossFit training?) I've also experienced a sort of "learned helplessness" that others mentioned; it's hard, mentally, to believe that you can do more than you could do for the past six months or so.

      I, too, love my work, but sometimes I love my recliner more...

      almost 4 years ago
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      @PinkyPromise - Yes! Now that I'm done with treatment and have my hair back, people expect me to be the old me. It appears only survivors and my partner seem to get that I need those naps and can't keep the breakneck speed I used to. The fact that I've still got another big surgery weights heavily. I know that the surgery is abstract to others, but I'm biting my nails, waiting for a surgery date. I know work wants me back now, but if I don't get recon done, I'll get too sucked into work to be out 8 weeks. Cancer is a wiley thing.

      almost 4 years ago
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      I'm a teacher also. I missed 5 weeks out of two consecutive school years so yes, it was difficult to get back to a regular schedule. My mastectomy was in Feb. of 2014, so I didn't return to school until after spring break (end of March) and then did radiation from April-May and worked each day. Yes, I was tired and still get tired, but you did have major surgery and for you, chemo (I did not have that). In Nov. of 2014 I had breast reconstruction and missed the rest of the semester until after Christmas break. Then I was able to finish the second semester. I'm hoping to get through this school year fully intact. I still get tired, but I'm also 56. Hang in there and rest when you need to.

      almost 4 years ago
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    Celebration (Anniversary): I was diagnosed with Stage 3 Breast Cancer on July 30th, 2014. A year later, I am cancer-free, going back to work and happier and more thankful than ever. Faith, love and support have been basic for my recovery.

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      leslie48240

      You look very young to have had this battle. So glad you are on the good side of it now! We rejoice with you!! Thanks for sharing.

      almost 4 years ago
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      MissyAnn

      Yay! So happy for you!!

      almost 4 years ago
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      MelanieIIB

      So happy for your wonderful news!!! It is great that you did not let this experience make you bitter, but instead allowed it to be used to grow your character. You will be much stronger for having gone through this.

      almost 4 years ago