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    MelMom asked a questionLeukemia

    Do you exercise throughout your treatments? I barely have the energy to walk, much less exercise.

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      lh25

      I tried, I really did. But there were days were that meant I went up and down the stair an extra time or two, and that was it. I just couldn't do it.

      5 months ago
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      JaneA

      I walked throughout my treatment. My oncologist encouraged me to continue walking. Just walk as far as you can and try to do it every day. It helps with the chemo fatigue and the achiness too. Many studies show that patients who exercise experience less effects - my guess is that your perception of the side effects is positively affected and they don't seem as bad. Many cancer centers offer yoga that can be done sitting in a chair. Yoga relieves anxiety and helps stretch tired muscles so they don't get tight and cause pain.

      5 months ago
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      cllinda

      Because of arthritis before cancer, I was swimming every day. Then I became too sick to swim. After they took me off the TCH and just let me be on herceptin, I started to feel better and wanted to swim, and then radiation started and I was told no swimming again. So as soon as radiation was over the doctor said I could start back in the pool in a week. That day I was in the pool at 5 am! And I had to start all over again.

      5 months ago
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    MelMom asked a questionLeukemia

    Do your doctors follow up and check on you? I have been handed off from one doc to the other about 3 times through this.

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      BarbarainBham

      Hey, Molly, I can't believe the other three doctors didn't tell you when to call for post-surgery visit!! Your discharge papers should have noted that, too.

      My doctors don't call to check on me, but they are available for me to call them 24/7 through answering service.

      6 months ago
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      merpreb

      I see my doctors so often they don't need to check on me. I also have all my scan, blood, breathing and lab results. I bring them with me to catch them up for my yearly visits. To tell you the truth I'm glad that no one calls me. I like to forget about my health during visits. But if I were in serious trouble I would probably feel differently

      6 months ago
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      merpreb

      I meant to say I like to forget about my health after my visits.

      6 months ago
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    MelMom asked a questionLeukemia

    I am going to have to try to get another job. For anyone who has been job hunting lately, how have you answered the how's your health?

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      cjs7159

      That is not a question that can or should be asked by a potential employer. Just like not being able to ask about your marriage status or children, this is illegal.

      7 months ago
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      I have also been told it's illegal for them to base their decision on hiring you or not hiring you based on your health. But, as Greg said, there are very simple ways through a conversation that you may inadvertently say something about it. You just won't think about it. It kind of depends on how guarded you are with your information.

      7 months ago
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      If they ask you about your health, don't answer. Although it's an illegal question, sometimes they ask it to see how you react. If you're snippy, they'll know you have something to hide. Answer it by talking about your "attendance at work," not your health. Smile when you answer so you won't look defensive, and say whatever you need to about your "attendance at work." If they ask about a gap in your work history and you're well now, you could lie and say you took off a few years to be home with your children, or to help your elderly parents, etc.

      You can get a legal feel for that by reading information on Americans with Disabilities Act. They say exactly when it's legal and appropriate to mention a disability, as far as at the interview or after employed, etc.

      I don't know your health situation, but some people might be able to say they had "breast cancer 3 years ago, were treated, and the problem is resolved, so I just need to be off for a yearly mammogram and office visit." The bottom line is they want somebody who will be at work, so you would emphasize the last sentence.

      If you look sick, wear makeup. The American Cancer Society has classes for cancer patients about how to look better.

      If you are still sick, call Social Security. They have a program to help sick or disabled people who want to work part-time, and I think they even help with employers who understand your limitations. You can find information online if you click around. Best wishes.

      7 months ago