Dec 04, 2012 - 1:19 pm
I have non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, so I regularly visit that board. It might make a difference what type of cancer you have, but most of the survivors on that board are middle aged or older because 50 or 60 is the average age for lymphoma. (I'm in my 20's.)When the others talk about how terrible chemo is and all the side effects and the terrible fatigue, getting sick, etc. I don't totally understand what they are talking about. And I'm wondering if it's because I'm young that the following has been my experience.
I was very sick before I received chemo because my cancer had not been discovered right away. But chemotherapy for me was a breeze. I had no nausea, and few other side effects, aside from losing my hair and minor fatigue. Instead of losing weight and getting sicker, I gained back my strength and energy and ate ravenously throughout the chemotherapy. I worked nearly fulltime through 3/4 of it. To me chemo isn't terrible!
I know that it does make a difference what chemotherapy you get, and I know that mine was not the strongest drug combination. But there are others who received what I did and still say it was awful.
I was just wondering if there's any other young cancer survivors that have a similar story.