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I just had my 5th chemo out of 6 four days ago and can't seem to bounce back. I know it gets harder after each one but this is ridiculous. Any suggestions?

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  • Betty Castillo Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    So sorry to hear you are having a hard time. I am a 24 yo from So Cal and I just finished 6 cycles myself, and let me tell you it was the worst time of my life. It is not easy, but you can get through it! Unfortunately, there is nothing else you can do than keep a positive attitude. Sometimes I look back and can't believe that I have just gone through this. I respect and admire you along with all the other women that go through this treatment. You need to remind yourself that you are extremely strong and that you serve as an inspiration to all the women who are at the beginning of their journey. Love, your BC sister.
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  • Linda Burke Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 1 Patient
    Melissa , this is exactly what happened to me at the exact same time It took me almost 10 days to begin to bounce back and usually in the past it was 4 to 5 days. It makes me nervous for number 6 but I keep telling myself it's my last. My Onc says this is perfectly normal. Please don't be so hard on yourself and take all the time you need. We are in the fight of our lives and our body needs time to refuel.
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  • Melissa Propp Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I have double mastectomy, hysterectomy 30 rounds of radiation and reconstruction to look forward to. I guess I thought I would bounce back like all the other times. Kind of makes me nervous for #6. I am staying VERY positive because there is no other way to look at this. Also this is not killing me. People out there have cancer that is killing them. This is just a bump in the road (or a mountain) that I have to cross. Thank you for your posts I have been reading all of them for sometime and they touch me. I told my husband it's like being part of a club you never wanted to be apart of. But now that I am I am embracing it. Each and everyone of you are in my thoughts and prayers.
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    • Evelyn Heilbrunn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Hi Melissa,
      My experience isn't a lot different from that of the other "posters." My chemo treatments were 3 weeks apart, and I got a Neulasta shot the day after each one. During the first 3 or so treatments I would feel better after about a...

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      Hi Melissa,
      My experience isn't a lot different from that of the other "posters." My chemo treatments were 3 weeks apart, and I got a Neulasta shot the day after each one. During the first 3 or so treatments I would feel better after about a week, during which I had bad joint and bone pain from the Neulasta, exhaustion, the typical things. After #3 I never really bounced back between treatments.
      The most important thing you can do is just go with it. Don't fight it by trying too much physical activity, which includes going up and down stairs. Take plenty of naps. If you feel crummy, ask your onc for medication. Zofran for nausea & vomiting, Lasix for swelling, Percocet for pain, that sort of thing.
      Your mental approach to this is great. Even when you feel like you just can't do it anymore, keep going. It's not going to last forever. And it sure as hell beats the alternative! Fight the good fight, and keep us posted.

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I agree, I have described this as a club I don't want to be a part of. I'm 28 and have just had a double mastectomy and an auxiliary lymph node clearance. I'm looking at fertility options and will be starting chemo in a few weeks. Scared of the...

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      I agree, I have described this as a club I don't want to be a part of. I'm 28 and have just had a double mastectomy and an auxiliary lymph node clearance. I'm looking at fertility options and will be starting chemo in a few weeks. Scared of the chemo more than anything really....good luck with your treatment.

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  • Verena Munday Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I just finished my 6th and last chemo, the last two where so hard, I ended up in he hospital because my blood count and ANC would not go up. I had o have two units of blood to boost my count. I have never been so tired and unable to do anything without stopping to rest...but good news, it was the last one and my support group has been outstanding. The best thing to do is listen to your body. Rest and do fluids...but most of all stay as positive as you can...I found a good cry would clear out the anguish, and keep me going...I still have more surgery and radiation but after chemo, I think I can do any thing. I would feel great now if I could get rid of the knee and joint pain...good luck!
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  • keri holloway Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I was just diagnosed with a reoccurrence of my breast cancer (after bilateral mastectomies and chemo almost 4 years ago) and the thought of going through through chemo again makes me sick to my stomach. I remember feeling that same way after my 5th treatment (I had 6 treatments- one every three weeks). I found it very discouraging but there is an end to it. You will feel better soon. I also learned something the last time that I am trying to remind myself everyday lately- get as much rest as you can (even though you are super woman and can do it all), take a few moments for yourself everyday and accept help from others!! Hang in there!!
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  • vicki e Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 2B Patient
    Melissa, I just had my 8th treatment and three more to go. I have done pretty well on the latest regimen but noticed this lat treatment kind of knocked my socks off. I think your body is so beat down toward the end of treatment that it revolts. Be kind to yourself and cut yourself some slack to help get through this. The good thing is that it means treatment end is in sight! Hang in there!
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  • cindy stephenson Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I know what you mean Melissa I had my 5 th one 10 days ago and still haven't bounced back. I have more shortness of breath, weird stomach feeling, and fatigue not to mention joint pain. Stay positive only one more left. That is what I keep telling myself. I don't know about you but I still have 33 rads left also. I am nervous how that is gonna make me feel.
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    • Melissa Propp Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I posted above everything I have left. It is going to be a long road but I know I can do it!! And so can you!

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  • Ali S Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    Listen to your body and rest. It's hard to do!! But don't be too hard on yourself. Your body is going through a lot!
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  • Ali S Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    And, light exercise helps! Try walking everyday but not too lo g
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    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Ask your onc if u can get some IV fluids. That was the only thing that kept me going good luck
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  • Marianne R. Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    5 & 6 sucked !!!! As my kids say. Fluids fluids. Talk to your onc mybe they have something to get you over the hump.
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  • Lisa W Profile
    anonymous
    Patient
    Totally understand. I'm on chemo treatment #11. Had 4 A/C and just finished 7 Taxol with 5 more to go. I can't believe how far I've come...but just now feeling its taking me longer to "bounce back". By the time I feel better, it's time for my next treatment. I'm still working & work let me go to PT 3days a wk 4-5 hrs a day. But from my last chemo, I would hate to take off my last few treatments. I'm do close and have done so well but now, I'm thinking, really??? taking time off now???
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    • Lisa Taylor Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Hello, your body is telling you it needs rest! If you can take off do it and get help from family and friends! Best of luck!

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    • Lisa W Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      I'm thinking you are right. Went to work today and my body is aching more than ever. I guess, I just didn't want to admit it. But thank you for making me see it n writing and that it's okay to be tired. ;)

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  • Angelia Johnson Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I just had my last one out of six and I am the same way. Normally after the fourth day I bounce back but this time it's going on just about eight days. The first was bad and knock me in the hospital for a week. Second and third and fourth and fifth not to bad. But this last one took me for a loop and still is. I know how you feel.. wishing you feel better soon.
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