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Will I ever gain any weight???

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Glenna M
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First a little background. I have squamous cell cancer of the larynx and NSCLC in my left lung. I underwent 35 radiation treatments and 6 cisplatin for the larynx, these treatments ended Aug. 12, 2009. I underwent 4 Stereotactic Radiation treatments for my lung, these ended Sept.28,2009.

I had my feeding tube removed on Oct. 14th. I had not been using the tube for over a month before they removed it and have been able to eat most foods as long as I have plenty of water to drink with my meals. My taste buds are not very good and most foods only have a little flavor to them but I force myself to eat a variety of healthy foods so I can maintain my weight. From the time I was diagnosed until today I have lost 16 pounds but have been able to maintain my present weight as long as I force myself to eat several times a day. I am not as active as I was prior to my diagnosis but I try to walk each day and and work around the house to stay active and try to regain some of my strength and energy.

My question is - has anyone managed to gain all of their weight back after treatments? I was always small and after losing 16 pounds I look like a scarecrow and was wondering if it is natural to have such a hard time gaining any weight. I know I could probably eat more fattening foods like ice cream and sundaes but I have never really liked sweets and my ability to taste sweets is not real good at this time. I also don't want to eat sweets in an effort to gain weight only to lose weight if I stop all the sweets. I guess I just want to know if this inability to gain weight is normal or is it something I should be concerned with.

Thanks in advance to anyone who can help me find an answer to my problem. I feel a little ashamed at asking these questions as my problem is very pety compared to what others are going through right now but I am trying so hard to do all the right things so I can continue my battle with this evil disease.

My best wishes to everyone on this site, may you all improve and beat this BEAST!!

Glenna

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soccerfreaks
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Glenna!

I am glad to read that your treatments are behind you and am hopeful that they STAY behind you.

That said, have you considered that you are still less than a month away from your last treatments? I would venture that your taste buds will come back, given another month or two. And I would advise that in the meantime your efforts to eat multiple times each day while also exercising is a great regimen!

If you have not yet consulted a dietician or nutritionist, you may want to consider this. I have found that they are pretty sharp, able to ascertain what you should weigh and what you need to consume in order to get to that weight in a healthy fashion.

In the meantime, I would not steer away from protein-rich products like boost and ensure simply because the tube is gone. Consider, if you are not already doing so, bringing these back into your daily diet.

Wish I could offer something more solid, my friend.

In any event, congratulations on getting through your treatments :)!

Take care,

Joe

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Glenna M
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Just checking to see if I can post yet or if this will get "Lost in Space"

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soccerfreaks
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I have taken to writing mine in Notepad and then posting them. That way, if they get lost, I can post again.

Take care, my friend,

Joe

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Glenna M
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Thanks Joe, you are right again, as usual :-) I am just being impatient again, probably
because I have waaaaay too much free time on my hands, I tend to wonder and worry more than
I should.

I would also like to thank you for the advice on Notepad (duh, why didn't I think of that :-)

I haven't been able to post for the past 3 days so I actually have some encouraging news.
I spoke with my nutritionist and she assured me that it was not a problem that I wasn't gaining weight as long as I am not losing any. I told her that I have plenty of Ensure Plus left at home and she said if I wanted to gain a few pounds to try drinking 2 cans per day and keep eating the way I have been, she said I could stop drinking the Ensure once I reached my desired weight and I should be able to maintain my weight just from my regular food intake.

I saw my ENT last week and he put the scope down my throat and said there was some swelling on the left side but he saw no abnormalities which I took as very good news, anytime someone says no abnormalities I get excited!! He also said he may do another biopsy when I go back in three weeks and that my throat looked much better than it did when I saw him in June.

I saw my rad doctor today and he said the swelling my ENT saw was nothing to be concerned about. I don't see him again for 2 months but he is going to scheduled another scan (they will be scanning my throat and lung at the same time) just before I see him so I should know a lot more after that appointment.

Thanks again Joe for your response and encouragement, I don't know what I would do without you :-)

Take good care of yourself.

Your friend and fellow SURVIVOR!!

Glenna

train-nut
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Glenna,

After taking a shower today I was looking in the mirror at an old man I didn't want to recognize who is getting kind of tubby again. Give it some time, you'll be fine. Rich

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Glenna M
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Thanks Rich, your response made me smile. I'm tired of the skinny "old lady" I see in the mirror each day and look forward seeing a "tubby old lady".

I just have to learn to have more patience :-) and enjoy the improvements I am already seeing.

Take care,
Glenna

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