Dec 22, 2000 - 3:09 am
I finished treatment (surgery, six months of chemo, seven weeks of radiation) in May 2000, and I now take Tamoxifen. I'm 47.
Before my diagnosis, I was very physically fit -- mountain biking, climbing, backcountry skiing, as well as daily aerobics and weight lifting. (I was able to keep up with my physically fit 20-something and 30-something friends, but not now.)
I am trying to return to this routine, but my body is slow to respond. How much time should I expect before I return to normal? (I am working out as much as my body allows, which is almost every day now.)
Could the radiation (of my right breast) have damaged my right lung? (I asked the doc to be careful about that, and he used some method to avoid radiating my lung as much as possible.)
Also, I'm having a hard time feeling good about myself -- and I had what I considered pretty high self esteem before all this happened. And it's not so much because I lost my right breast -- I'm OK with that. But I've gained 10 pounds and it's depressing me terribly. I know, at least I've survived this cancer so far, and I am so thankful for that. I know I shouldn't be whining about weight gain and lacking fitness, etc. But I want my life back like it was before the diagnosis. I was happier then. I want to be happy again.
I have more questions, but I'll hold it to this for tonight.