My body's immune system after cancer
As I sit here with yet another cold, I'm wondering if others have had this experience after chemo. I was diagnosed Dec. 2019, with chemo in 2020, and multiple surgeries (4 to date) over the next two years. My oncologist told me they gave me the highest dose of chemo they safely could, as the type of cancer I had was not very nice. During the almost six months of chemo, my body did not experience valleys in its counts, and chemo was as scheduled throughout. I counted myself so very fortunate.
But now, a little over two years since this all began, I find myself struggling to get through a simple cold. Since Christmas, I had a cold (sinus infection), the stomach flu, another cold that turned into pneumonia, and only to recover and pick up another cold. I am now on antibiotics again. Everyone else in the family took days to recover from their colds, but unfortunately, not me. We have 13 grandchildren who live within a 1/2 mile of us (wonderful!), but the dr. called them "little petri dishes" yesterday. One sniffle from a child, and I catch their bug and go down. Has anyone else experienced this? I've talked to another breast cancer survivor, and she told me it took her a long time (years). While I do not post to complain, it is rather to understand what others' experiences have been. Does your body ever strengthen to the level as it was before cancer treatment?