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How long does it take to start feeling normal again? I finished chemo 8 days ago and thought I would start feeling better by now, but I actually feel worse. Is this common?

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Learning About Breast Cancer about 6 years
 
  • Ali S Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    Be patient, even though it's tough. Your body has been through a lot and the fatigue builds up. It'll need time to recover. I finished in September and only have lingering fatigue (from radiation too), but not 100% and I'm in my 30s and very active. Hang in there. And congrats on finishing chemo! Great milestone! I'm 6 days away from 1 year survivorship
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Congrats! I am so happy abt finishing and your right its mainly the fatigue. I've just git to keep telling myself it'll get better. Thanks tons

      about 6 years Flag
  • Betsy Chapin Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2010
    This happened to me as well. Give your body time to heal. One person gave me the advice that "getting back to normal" may take as long as treatment was. I healed sooner than that, but it gave me mental strength to just give my body more time. I also had a hard time "forgetting " cancer after going through surgery, chemo and radiation. I am happy to say that after 1 and 1/2 years post treatment, I feel free of the negative weight cancer was in my life. So hang in there. Someday you too will be on the other side of this and you will look back at your strength and feel that you are stronger than ever.
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  • L D  Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2004
    I started feeling normal after about two months. I started exercising and stopped using the excuse that I was too tired. The more active I got, the better I felt. And I started to lose the weight I put on.
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  • Betsy Chapin Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2010
    This happened to me as well. Give your body time to heal. One person gave me the advice that "getting back to normal" may take as long as treatment was. I healed sooner than that, but it gave me mental strength to just give my body more time. I also had a hard time "forgetting " cancer after going through surgery, chemo and radiation. I am happy to say that after 1 and 1/2 years post treatment, I feel free of the negative weight cancer was in my life. So hang in there. Someday you too will be on the other side of this and you will look back at your strength and feel that you are stronger than ever.
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  • Marianne R. Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    Every day I get better it is now almost 1 year since chemo ended. I am just now feeling like I am well. Yoga really helped me.
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Thanks Marianne, I think I was really overestimating how I'd feel. I was so hopeful that I'd have a lot of my energy back. I'll try yoga after my surgeries. Thanks again for reassuring me that I'm going to regain my strength. I feel scared.

      about 6 years Flag
  • maria stuccio Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Hi Jayme! My last chemo was on April 5th. Symptoms from the last Treatment lingered on the longest. It was a mind set that made me feel better knowing I wouldn't have another one. Hang in there...everyday further away will get better.
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Thanks Maria. I don't want to spoil myself. I've already gotten physically weak and have two surgeries to go through in the next couple of weeks. It scares me feeling this way. Thanks again

      about 6 years Flag
  • Ann Marie McCrystal Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I have just finished chemo 3weeks ago for lung cancer, tumour left is minute and don't go bk for 3 months but I've been left with an awful wheeze n have an inhaler, will this ever go away
    over 1 year Comment Flag

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