How long do side effects last? - 1 1/2 year survivor

Posted by survivor1 @survivor1, Aug 11, 2016

I am a breast cancer survivor. I had IDC stage 2. I had chemo TAC . Double mastectomy and total reconstruction. Although it has been about a year and a half from my last chemo treatment I feel fatigue, joint pain all over, permanent hair loss, muscle atrophy, arthritis and more. I am told that chemo can stay in your body for 5 years. I also have chemo brain which at 55 is part age I am sure but it is not getting better. How log can these side effects last?

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God bless you. You are so strong and I love your attitude. My doctors all told that attitude is 90% of how you and whatever treatment you hare having. Keep going 🙂

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God bless you. You are so strong and I love your attitude. My doctors all told that attitude is 90% of how you and whatever treatment you hare having. Keep going 🙂

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Happy Saturday survivor 1, the sun is shining and its going to be a beautiful day and your doctor is right, attitude is 90 % of everything in our lives. It won’t help to feel down and beaten, this morning, my doggies and I went for a short walk, it made all of us feel better and the fresh air is the breath of life. Try to join a chat group in your area where you have something in common with the people to discuss life in general ( keep your private moments to yourself ) I am joining a group called Livestrong, my cancer navigator has enrolled me, so I am looking forward to that, will let you know how that goes. Stay strong, my friend, I am here if you need me. Lacey

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Hey Lacey, I hear you on the fatigue thing. I had a good day yesterday and I did a bunch of errands and driving kids. Today I am wiped out. I know I am supposed to exercise too but when I can not even walk to the kitchen without effort I cannot get on the treadmill.

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This is natural Rena, give it some time, you need plenty of rest if you have just gone through Chemo, they are very strong drugs ( after all, they are killing off the bad guys ), it will get better down the road, keep trying to get a little exercise each day, but don’t over-do it. Talk to God, he listens, God Bless, Lacey

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God bless you. You are so strong and I love your attitude. My doctors all told that attitude is 90% of how you and whatever treatment you hare having. Keep going 🙂

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Happy Saturday to you too. Yes the sun is shinning here and it is actually cool outside here today a nice break from the 100 degree weather we have been having. I like to sit on my front porch and watch the birds and listen to nature as the earth wakes up to say good morning. Livestrong is fantastic. I get their news letters. I will look into that as there is no local group. I live is a small town that does not have much to offer. I am forced to go on line to look for support. You have been terrific. I am here for you as well.
Suzi

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@survivor1

God bless you. You are so strong and I love your attitude. My doctors all told that attitude is 90% of how you and whatever treatment you hare having. Keep going 🙂

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Hi Survivor 1, its been a long time since I have been on here, but in the mean time, I did join the Livestrong program, it is held at every YMCA around the country, so see where the closest Y is by you and sign up. I love it, it gets you back socializing and exercising and out of the house, plus its FREE.
Everyone in the group ( around 15) including some guys had some kind of cancer and we can discuss the pros and cons. You find out , your in better shape than others, makes life a bit easier to take, your always worried that it may come back, but there are people out there , clean for 20 years etc. I am feeling better, not so tired, eating better and don’t forget that morning protein drink, my favorite is butter pecan Ensure Have a great day, God Bless, Lacey

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@survivor1

God bless you. You are so strong and I love your attitude. My doctors all told that attitude is 90% of how you and whatever treatment you hare having. Keep going 🙂

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Hey Lacey by the way my nae is Suzi I am so glad to hear from you. I eel a connection even though it is through cyber space. LOL I am so gad that you enjoyed them program I am definitely going to look into it I feel better as well. I live in the county and am taking time to meditate and find my new normal. I m learning that I have to get my mind right first and the physical will come. I stay busy. The weather is cooler now but my sensitivity to the heat is awful I sweat at the drop of the hat. I have begun to start a routine of getting in bed early around 10 and get up at 8 every morning. I drink coffee and put on some morning soft music and sit on my front porch and watch the birds and just enjoy the moment. I am earning to live in the moment and enjoying the day and the second chance at life that God has given me. I hope that you are doing well. Please stay in touch
Blessings
Suzi

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Hi Suzi, I know where your coming from, we have all been there and done that. I also hate the heat, it has been a very humid summer and looking forward to the cold again. I cannot keep my eyes open past 8pm, but I get a good
8-9 hours sleep, I am an early riser ( 6am) as I have 3 doggies who need to go out, the yard is good until it gets light
out front. I am getting bummed out as my hummingbirds are getting ready to go back to south America and I will miss them, I am a great animal/bird lover. What county do you live in?? Tomorrow is our 3d livestrong class, looking forward to it , will keep you updated on the activities. Have a great Sunday. Lacey

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