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Any suggestion to combat Fatigue and how to keep yourself preoccupy during recovery process

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Joined: Jul 2010

Hello everyone,

I was diagnosed with a brain tumor recently and since underwent 2 surgeries for removal. I did well after surgeries but what I'm struggling with is fatigue and mental breakdown. Since I'm a very social person, I'm used to being around people all the time. Going through recovery, I find it mentally draining since my love ones and family worked most of the days. I would like to know how you guys deal with your recovery period, what did you do to keep yourself preoccupied and positive. Thank you for sharing.

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Joined: May 2010

Hi there,
My daughter had 2 brain surgeries also. One at the end of March and one in the beginning of April. She is only 12 so it wasn't hard to keep her occupied, but myself was another story. I found that trying to do "normal" things made the time go by faster. Like laundry and dishes etc. As for fatigue, my daughter was tired also. You need to rest if you are tired and mentally drained from the stress. Her PCP put both of us on Zoloft. That has helped. Time is really the only thing that will really help. Getting used to the idea of what just happened to you. Have you gotten a diagnosis yet? As for staying positive, well that can be hard at first, but as you read more stories on this site you will find yourself getting more positive. I do not know if you are a religious person, but since my daughters diagnosis of Anaplastic Astrocytoma 3, I have found God again and that helps with the strength I need to get through this. I made the mistake of researching this on the computer and found myself more depressed than ever. I started looking at the publishing dates of the things I was reading and realized that they have not been updated for some time. I know that there is a chance that my daughters tumor will come back, but everyday there are new drugs/treatments being tested. So if it does come back there may be something new that will help her. That keeps me positive also.
Good Luck and I will pray for you.
Please keep me posted on how you are doing.

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Joined: Jul 2010

Thank you for sharing your story. I hope your daughter continues to do well and I will pray for her also. Your suggestions are very helpful. You're right when I occupied myself usually visiting with friends or writing a story, I'm less stressed and don't have time to think negatively. The new thing I did was write a positive passage on a postage and read it over and over again whenever my mind is going in the wrong direction. I continue to do well, I went to see my neurologist today who was amazed how quickly I recovered. The only thing that is bothering me right now is stiff neck and fatigue. Overall, I'm very happy with my recovery and I am truly blessed to be alive, to have a wonderful husband, family and friends. Thanks again for sharing your story.

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