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Trying to work

plrptc
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Joined: Nov 2010

I am scheduled for a hysterectomy on the 15th for Grade 1 Uterine Cancer....will not find out stage until the cancer.
I am trying to work up until the surgery date, but find that I have a hard time maintaining enough energy to get through the day.
Does anyone else experience extreme fatigue? And if so, is that normal?

CaCowgirl
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Joined: May 2010

I was very tired prior to my surgery. Have had problems sleeping for a couple of years. I napped when I needed to & tried to eat small healthy meals. After the surgery,I slept when I could, but also did the walking & moving around. Now, at 6 months out, I'm back to my regular work day & W/E activities. Some days I'm pretty tired & take an afterwork nap, but nothing out of the ordinary for a woman in her 60's-at least that's my perception. The gals that opted for chemo experience extreme fatigue & lots of other side effects, some coming months afterwards. Do your research & make the choices that are best for you.

plrptc
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Joined: Nov 2010

Thanks for your comments. I was really getting worried as I feel so tired every day. I have a soon to be 7 year old who just does not understand why my energy level wains so easily.
When I come home from work, she is ready to play...I, on the other hand, am ready for bed.

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jazzy1
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I on other hand, was the opposite. I had no side affects before hysterectomy such as extreme tiredness. Part of reason I was so taken back with diagnosis, as I felt great.

Everyone is different so know you're not alone with your symptoms. Just be kind to yourself and don't push...tough when you have a little one.

Best to you,,,,
Jan

plrptc
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Joined: Nov 2010

Thank you, Jan.
I do struggle because I know my daughter does not understand.
I hope you are doing well.

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Ro10
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I too felt great and was taken aback by the diagnosis. I did not have the extreme tiredness through chemo, but did have more tiredness with radiation. My red blood counts remained good throughout the chemo, though, so that is probably why I did not experience tiredness.

I wonder if part of your tiredness might be some depression over your diagnosis. It is a common thing to occur. It is a shock to hear that cancer diagnosis. Knowing things will be different for a while is bound to cause some depression.

If you are bleeding a lot, your blood count could be down, and that can make you tired. Hope your surgery goes well and you are a Stage I. Remember to take it one day at a time. In peace and caring.

plrptc
Posts: 32
Joined: Nov 2010

Thanks for sharing your experience. I don't know that it is depression that makes me tired, but I was experiencing it prior to my diagnosis.

I also suffer with terrible hip arthritis. In fact, I was scheduled to have my hip replaced and then found out 1 1/2 weeks before that surgery that I have uterine cancer. So, my hip is on hold. Maybe it's the pain from that coupled with the cancer that makes me feel so tired.

I hope that you are doing well, and again, I appreicate your response.

Teemac
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Joined: Sep 2010

I AM WITH YOU ARE THE TIREDNESS. SOMEDAYS BY THE TIME I GET HOME FORM WORK I CAN HARDLY HOLD MY HEAD UP. I GET AN HOUR EVERDAY FOR LUNCH AND I USE IT TO TAKE A 30 MIN NAP. THAT SEEMS TO GET ME THROUGH THE SECOND HALF OF THE DAY. THERE IS NOT A DAY THAT GOES BY THAT I DON'T TAKE A NAP. I HAVE SURGERY ON THE 11TH. MY DR TOLD ME THE TIREDNESS IS NORMAL.

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