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    Hello from AZ. I am sorry you are dealing with all this. I also was treated for tnbc and am 2 months post-treatment. You will get through this.

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    Side Effects (Fatigue (tiredness)): Two months post-treatment. People think I should be bouncing back to normal. I don't even know what normal is any more. I'm just trying to listen to my body, and rest when I need to. Healing is a slow process.

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      Hi Terri. I started seeing a therapist (who had been through breast cancer) right when I finished my treatment last November. I own my own business and was worried about getting things going again and making appointments with clients and yet I was so exhausted. She reminded me that I had been through this tremendous battle and if I could, I should take some time off and just rest. I laughed at her but then I did manage to take about 3-weeks off over the holidays and somehow God organized it so just enough business came in, that I could pay my bills and also work kind of part time for several months. That was the best advise I ever received. I listened to my body and continued to re-visit the words she told me - “You have been through a tremendous battle.” She was right. I needed permission to take care of my body and my mind and to just relax and take care of myself for awhile. Within a few months, I started working out and walking again and eventually I stopped thinking of myself as a BC patient and thought of myself as me. It was a transformation that is personal to everyone. I wondered if I would ever stop feeling like a patient. I wondered if I could look in the mirror and not be shocked by the image of this short haired woman I didn’t recognize (my blonde hair came back silver!). I finally went to my hairdresser and said - dye it, it’s just not me! It was those little steps that have brought me back to a new normal. Take care of yourself sweet sister. You have been through a huge battle - physically and emotionally. You need to listen to YOUR body. Try and walk for exercise. Exercise helps you mentally and physically. Do whatever you feel you need to do to feel good again. There is life after breast cancer. You need to find what that looks like and a place where you are happy with you. You are not defined by BC. You define your new normal. I am a woman of faith so I do gain allot of strength and peace by starting my mornings with God. I could never have gotten through my journey without Him by my side. Be blessed and rest.

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      My oncologist told me that after chemotherapy was completed it would take at least 2 years to get your body back to pre-chemo health. Add on if you've had surgery and/or radiation treatment. also add in the fact that everyone heals differently and it is basically however long it takes YOUR body to heal.Don't feel guilty about it, don't apologize for it and don't make excuses. You're a survivor and you remember that! It does get better but it is slow going. The best thing you can do for yourself is to accept that it does take time and it will get better. TIME, TIME, TIME is what you need. You will get there at your pace and with the help of friends and family and health care team. You're doing great and that is what counts. Just remember too that chemo drugs are geared to kill the bad cells so the good cells needs time to get over it all and rejuvenate. .

      15 days ago
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      People started thinking I was back to normal when my hair started to come in. I remember my husband asking if I wanted to go to a baseball game and I had to say no. I wasn't back to a new normal for about a year.

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    Milestones: I had my first three month oncology appointment since my treatment. The plan is three month doctor visits with labs, and alternate breast MRI and mammogram every six months for the next 2-3 years. I'm still having quite a bit of pain from the radiation, but was told that is "not unusual".

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