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jsabol's picture
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Thanks to all who took time to respond to my question about working or not during chemo. The day I posted, I was home following another bout of diarrhea, and generally feeling quite lousy and fatigued. In the last 2 weeks I have received 2 procrit injections and my hematocrit has bounced back; I feel somewhat more energetic.
It is clear from each person's response that there is no right or wrong answer...(well, duh!) I am trying to listen to my body and my spirit, and conserve my energy for the important things...and the most important right now is fighting this disease.
For now, I have decided to try to keep to my 4 day schedule, accepting the fact that I will not go in on days I feel not up to it. I enjoy much about my job and do feel distracted from this cancer stuff and enjoy the support of my colleagues.
I plan to take a week or so off between each course, which I found very helpful last month. I am also ready to change these plans if my body thinks otherwise. So....thanks for all your support, wishing us all continued hope, Judy

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Right on, Judy!

Your body will tell you when it's ready to take on more. Rumor has it that dragon fighting rather takes a toll on a body!

Be well and keep listening to that inner voice.

- SpongeBob

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I am glad to hear that you are feeling a bit better.

It sounds like you have come up with a good plan. It would seem a shame, if you can handle the schedule, to completely give up something that you enjoy so much.

Best wishes,


spongebob's picture
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Monika - You're starting to sound like Cary Grant; "Judy, Judy, Judy"!

cmcl's picture
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It sounds like you really have thought this out and are listening to what your body is telling you. That's the most important. Good luck!

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Chemo can be a real bear. It stinks. It mauls. Then it sits on you until you cannot get up. But you do get up and go back for more. Right here is a good vein. What do you mean it's rolling. OK try another. Grrrr!

I did not even try to work during chemo and yet it was so enervating that I slept more than my cat. Neither did I have the energy to pretend that everything is hunky dunky and don't worry about little old me. Some days I wanted to tell all the people who were fussing over me to "Kiss my ass and go to Hell!" Nice talk, eh? Well, that's just the way I felt. On the inside.

"Where I am, I don't know, I'll never know, in the silence you don't know, you must go on, I can't go on, I'll go on." The Unnamable by Samuel Beckett

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Well done Judy--my onc had the best advice--"do what you can when you can"--if you are able to work-fine--if not then hopefully your work colleages will support you when you are unable to!
I really admire you Judy.Even though I am retired I found it very hard on chemo to motivate myself--you have so much guts babe!

BTW--yu reckon yu could spare a few days to come on holi's with us--2 days to go!
Luv yah n leavin yah!!!!!!!!!!

kanga n Jen

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