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I'm status post bilateral mastectomies and in the process of chemotherapy. My cancer is stage two and had 10 lymph nodes removed. I have lymph edema. My question is that I really want to run in the future. Is that ever going to be possible???

Sarah Hailes Profile
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anonymous

Stage 2A Patient over 6 years
 
  • Marianne R. Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    Yes! You can do anything you work hard enough to do. We have cancer it doesn't have us. We have to be smart but we can do and be what want.
    over 6 years Flag
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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Ask to see a lymphedema therapist and then there are sites on line that deal with exercise to maintain a healthy system and control swelling. You can do it . But start now. Go for it. Jo

      over 6 years Flag
  • celien thorne Profile
    anonymous
    Patient
    After I recovered from mastectomy And a miscarriage i walked -jogged- 3 miles every day. Then I was able to run 3-5 miles for the countdown to my chemo even that very morning before I received chemo I ran , my mantra was "screw u cancer , not gonna stop me".... Now im almost 6 weeks out of chemo but still getting Herceptin I'm back to running 3 miles everymorning "slow but steady " .. And i do strength training exercises , eventually I hope to train for a triathlon I'm no athlete by any means im just not gonna b taken down by this crap not gonna stop me ! You will get your running stride again , one step , one boob , at a time ;-)
    over 6 years Flag
    • Sarah Hailes Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      Thanks for the encouragement! Did you run during chemo? I've got 5 weeks to go and got it for 17 weeks already. I tire very easily, I'm just curious. Have a great day!

      over 6 years Flag
    • julie s Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      You are truly an inspiration!

      over 6 years Flag
    • Katherine Ehrlich Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      That is so good to hear! I can't wait to start running!

      about 6 years Flag
  • janet levy Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since
    I started walking as soon as I could. Some days I had no energy to do anything but when I could, I pushed to get some exercise. I hope you are working with physical therapist specializing in lymph edema . They will work with you to achieve your goal of running. I was also stage two and I expect to do anything I set my mind to do. Best wishes for good things to come your way.
    over 6 years Flag
    • Sarah Hailes Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      Thank you!!!

      over 6 years Flag
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    anonymous
    Survivor since 2012
    Oh yeah. I did start walking as soon I as was able. I've read exercise of the lower part of the body helps all of the lymph system.
    over 6 years Comment Flag
  • Kristy Davis Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2009
    Just make sure you have a compression sleeve for your lymphedema and wear that while you run. It'll help with the swelling.
    over 6 years Comment Flag
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