Oct 24, 2009 - 8:46 am
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!!