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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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@deirdrebrownw

Hi Nancy.

Having had breast cancer and colon cancer in the space of 18 months, I'm extremely familiar with fatigue 🙄😏. Re exercise, I find swimming very therapeutic, mentally and physically; also a walk, even if it's only 10 minutes away from my home and back again. I've also found that sticking to a routine, going to bed at the same time every night, getting up at the same time every morning, having a nap for the same length of time at the same time every day, eating at the same time every day. When I do a physical activity, e.g. housework, I do it when my energy level is good (for me, it's morning), as I find that my energy level decreases as the day progresses so that I'm whacked by 5 pm ☹️! Hope these suggestions help.

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@deirdrebrownw Your post should help lots of people who are trying to cope with fatigue! Just following a routine must really make a difference. That’s what I try to do. Some questions for you: does a nap interfere with nighttime sleeping? How do you plan for big things, like grocery shopping and going out in the evening? It sometimes seems like my life is ruled by the clock! How did you come up with a routine that works so well for you?

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