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BBdogs
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I have not posted for a while but want to thank everyone who responded to my "Food After Treatment" post. 

I am 14 days post treatment and have learned that dairy is not my friend!  With that in mind I have followed many of your suggestions and am having luck-diet wise. 

Now to get past the fatigue that frequently makes me act like a small child. 

I want to go back to work full-time, I want to burn the candle at both ends as I always have, I want my house clean and dogs properly exercised, I want to tirelessly debate politics with my boys and dance with my grandbabies until I drop - from natural causes! blah, blah, blah.  The same things that I read, sometimes between the lines, in all of your posts. 

I mainly want follow-up results so I can make plans accordingly  by that I mean "life after cancer or life with cancer". 

Sometimes I wish it had never been found and I could just be living life like I was.

Sorry-grumpy day.

On a good note(s) for anyone who is just finishing:  Burns are healing pretty quickly, nausea is subsiding quite well, didn't lose all of my hair (didn't really care), appetite - greatly improved, I don't have appointments for treatment every - seemed like - unending day! 

jcruz
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All I can say is -- Amen!

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mp327
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You are certainly entitled to a grumpy day!  I am glad the diet issues have improved.  If it's any consolation, I have issues sometimes with dairy too.  If I eat cottage cheese, I might as well chase it with some Gas-X.  Do not be discouraged by the fatigue.  Your body has done battle and it will take some time to bounce back.  Listen to your body and rest when your body says rest.  I'm glad your burns are healing well and the nausea is fading.  My experience was that I felt bad for about 10 days after treatment ended, then I suddenly seemed to turn a corner.  I didn't feel great, but I felt much, much better.  Hang in there, better days are ahead!

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BBdogs
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I keep getting the message from docs, nurses, etc that better days are ahead so I should not beg for reassaurance but I HATE this fatigue!  I do feel oh so much better than I did, thought I would try a class this weekend out-of-town....fell asleep 2 hours before it ended....frustrating! 

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I am normally a very high energy person, so the fatigue was hard for me too.  I found that getting light exercise every day helped give me more energy.  I would walk on my treadmill every day.  If you have access to one, that would be something to try.  If you do not have bathroom issues like I did for awhile, short walks outside can boost your energy level.  Don't get discouraged!

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BBdogs
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I honestly think that is the biggest part of my grumpiness, lack of exercise. 

I was warned early on to try and keep as much muscle mass as possible so I did my best with the use of a boflex to do that.  I don't dare walk outside (bathroom issues) but started "yoga for wussies" as I call, it last week.  Supposed to do a 5K this weekend, that was a goal of mine as I was already registered prior dx.  Baha, not a snowballs chance.....

Amazing that anything I do causes muscle aches, like I had no strength at all before.  Joints are pretty swollen (mainly knees and ankles) so am currently chalking it up to that and thinking that "this too shall pass:)". 

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BBdogs
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I honestly think that is the biggest part of my grumpiness, lack of exercise. 

I was warned early on to try and keep as much muscle mass as possible so I did my best with the use of a boflex to do that.  I don't dare walk outside (bathroom issues) but started "yoga for wussies" as I call, it last week.  Supposed to do a 5K this weekend, that was a goal of mine as I was already registered prior dx.  Baha, not a snowballs chance.....

Amazing that anything I do causes muscle aches, like I had no strength at all before.  Joints are pretty swollen (mainly knees and ankles) so am currently chalking it up to that and thinking that "this too shall pass:)". 

Marynb
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Hi. It is sure ok to be grumpy. I was a burn the candle at both ends person too! Two years post treatment, I am a changed person, and maybe that is a good thing. I hope that your energy improves a little each dayl It is not a straight line progression. You will have some days better than others and you will learn to pace yourself. Hang in there, the worst is in the past!

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mp327
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The yoga should be good!  As for any exercise program, starting it is the hard part.  The muscles do let us know that we have some work to do, but I know you'll get it done!  I'm sorry you'll miss your 5k, but there will be others, so don't give up your goals!  I am supposed to do a 15k in less than 3 weeks--it's going to be a real challenge!  I think I need to just stick with 5k's from now on.  Frown  Hang in there and do what you can do.  Eventually your strength and endurance will return!

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Wow a 15K, good for you and good luck to you!!! 

I am not a runner so my 5K is an obstacle course which I dearly love (could do without the running involved!).  One of the gentlemen who organizes the 5K has gone above and beyond to accomodate me, even as far as offering to have a golf cart shadow me.  My onc, last week, made it very clear that this was a bad decision and would most likely put me in the hospital.  So now I am doing the first obstacle, going to return to the start/finish line and wait for my boys to near the finish where I will join them in the last obstacle which is a great big mud pit.  Not the way I wanted it but I am glad I get to participate/celebrate in some fashion, with my kids!  

15K - still shaking my head at that, makes me tired but gives me a big old boost of hope!

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mp327
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I'm glad you will still be participating in part of the race.  It's all about the experience and nothing else, so just enjoy it and have a good time with your kids.  That's all that really matters. 

I hope the 15k won't be too bad.  It's certainly not going to be like running the marathon that I did last year.  My running partner will be the same--a guy who is 22 years younger than me!  I hope he's prepared to keep a slow pace.  :)  I often refer to myself as his "ball and chain."  Frown

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