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Topic 'Today I am feeling' - managing emotions

Share how you are feeling and swap tips for managing stress with other members and the online team

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Started by Anonymous on 26 April 2011 at 06:19

Hi All,

I wonder if anyone can share with me if they have had long bouts of fatigue a good way after chemotherapy and radio therapy has finished.

What's the best way to tackle it? I would be glad for anyone's advice.

Thanks Beverley

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  • From Anonymous
    26 November 2011 at 11:35

    Hi Beverley,

    My surgeon told me to expect a year and a half of recovery starting from first chemo cycle until the last radiotherapy treatment.

    My oncologist did her research on fatigue and the results are the more exercise tried, the better. I have finished one course of chemo and followed her advice despite the fatigue. a month after the last treatment, the energy has come back and I'm ready for the second course of chemo.

    However, the kind of chemo and radiotherapy you are receiving makes a difference I believe. The key is not to lose heart but know that perseverence produces rewards.

    I suffered from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome 15 years ago but it hasn't returned after chemo due to counselling and better psychological management.

  • From Anonymous
    12 July 2011 at 11:26

    HI Beverly,

    Yes, it takes a long time to recover-(18 months on) many people find this. Definitely read the MacMillan book-

    long story short- pace yourself, have naps if you need them, tell everyone that needs to know that you will be like this for a long time as it takes ages to recover, and don't beat up on yourself if you can't do something you want to or have scheduled.

    And yes, it does improve.


  • From Anonymous
    27 April 2011 at 19:13

    Thank you so much Peter for contacting me and its good to know I am not alone as I was beginning to think I was. it's very difficult as I was very active before my illness and am finding it very hard to cope with.

    Much appreciated.

    Beverley x

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    27 April 2011 at 12:58

    Hey Beverley, I hope that perhaps I can be of some support to you. I had Cancer of the Bowel Seven Years ago and like you had Chemo and Radio Therapy, it wasnt easy... But good news life goes on. Yes Fatigue well I have just been diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome amd there are questions being asked as to whether this is a result of my treatment after 7 years.I found a booklet very handy from McMillan Cancer Care "Coping with Fatigue". It is not heavy very informative and has loads of suggestions. Take life each day plan your day, and dont be afraid to say no. There is a fatigue Diary which I have found very useful. Please do not hesitate in contacting me if I can be of help to you. Peter x

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