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Nancy, Alumna Mentor (@1nan)

Fatigue and cancer treatment

Cancer: Managing Symptoms | Last Active: May 26, 2020 | Replies (23)

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I would say that “feeling lazy” is a very accurate description for myself as well. I do seem to do better when I get out of the house and away from the comforts of home. I tend to feel like I need a lap the middle of the day as well as feeling the need to head to bed early at night.

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Hi@1nan and @1kjewels– I wrote a blog post on just this subject that I'd love to share with you. https://my20yearscancer.com/chemotherapy-cocktail/
I always thought of the fatigue I felt (2008) as draining my life force, an emptying of energy. I lost quite a bit of weight and I am a petite person so my fatigue along with my weight loss was a double whammy. I did not exercise and I should have tried to do at least some, even walks, slow turtle like strolls.
I have stage IV a multifocal adenocarcinoma of the lung. I do get very tired but I find that the more that I do exercise the more energy I have. I know that this sounds contradictory but it's true. I'm slower and a bit more cautious, but I love being out doors. I also eat 4 or 5 small meals a day so that I am not over eating and I keep my fats to healthy ones. Regular physical activity increases the blood flow to your body and improves your cardiovascular health and fitness. This will allow more blood and oxygen to get to the body providing energy to do work. … Exercise is a great way to improve energy levels.
https://www.sharecare.com/health/energy-boosters/how-does-exercise-improve-energy
Once my energy level is up I feel more hopeful and positive about my life. Do you ever feel like this?

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