Yep, I agree. Sometimes, it's a victory just to remain standing.
"Cancer: you don't 'get it', until you GET IT".
Some people don't understand how hard this is, they see me sitting in a chair watching TV and think that I'm fine, just lazy, don't want to do anything. What they don't see is the constant pain, worry and stress.
How long will the fatigue hang on for after treatments are finally done? I just feel drained all the time.
I was DXd with MM in March, 2014 and started treatment in July, had my first SCT in November and my second in February, 2015. So a year out I'm still sleeping about 10 -12 hours a night and taking 30 minute catnaps on days that I stay in and straighten up and make dinner. I just had a stretch of two weeks where I had activities, appointments or company nearly every day. I slept all night Wednesday, 6 hours on Thursday day and 12 hours Thursday night. I try not to schedule things two days in a row. My doc said when you're tired - sleep; when you're not - do stuff that won't wear you out. My immune system is still not right and may never be. I'm fortunate because I am not working, so I can use my energy for my husband, home and family.
I am approaching my diagnosis date of April 15, 2013. I finished treatment end of November 2013. I returned to work for only four hours a week June 2014. I finally worked my way up to 24 hours week. But my employer no longer wanted to accommodate me so I was forced to retire August 2015. I am still tired. I am chronically anemic and will need B12 shots monthly for life. Takes all I haveq to get up daily and get dressed. I eat light meals, run errands or meet friends for a meal and I am done. I grocery shop and do laundry. I have a housekeeper for any real cleaning. I am happy but tired. Doubt it will ever be like before.