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I don't know if I'm in the right section to post this. Have you experienced depression post chemo? I'm four months out from my last chemo session and awaiting resection. Diagnosis was stage 3 colon cancer. I've been feeling very low and spend a lot of time in bed. I know I need to get up and exercise, eat right etc but it seems to be a vicious cycle. And, I feel as if I am just waiting for the other shoe to drop (recurrence). I'm not normally so down. I was upbeat all throughout the nearly six months of chemo.


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What is the reason for the long wait to surgery if I can ask?

For depression, many feel it.  It's perfectly normal.  One or two days in the bed is OK in my opinion then get your arse up and get moving doing something that will help take your mind off cancer.  Just my advice.

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It's normal to feel depressed and some of us worry about the other shoe dropping now and then, but get up and exercise.  Believe it or not, the exercise will do you good and keep your mind off of your depression.  Get outside if you are able right now and take a walk.  If you can't go for a walk outside, you can always circle your residence.  I'll do that during the winter just so that I'm able to get my 250 steps in an hour on my Fitbit.  It might be a good idea for you to get a pedometer too just to calcluate how much activity you are getting a day.  Talk to your doctor too, they might want to put you on something temporarily.  Hope you feel better soon.


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I was diagnosed with clinical depression and anxiety about 2 years before my stage 3 colon cancer diagnosis. In fact, 6 months before my cancer diagnosis I hit rock bottom emotionally and spent a weekend in the psych ward. I truly believe that if they had done a simple CBC test during that hospitalization they would have discovered that something was wrong physically as well as emotionally. Looking back, my depression went hand in hand with my physical decline prior to my cancer diagnosis. Like you, I was pretty upbeat during chemo, radiation, and surgeries. I was focused and fighting hard. I'm now on the other side of all that treatment. I'm getting scans every 3 months and dealing with lung mets and thyroid issues. I still have days when I don't want to get out of bed. Sometimes I give in and spend the day in bed, other times I force myself to get up and do something to improve my mood. For me that is often taking long walks around the neighborhood, or experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen, or watching sports on tv. Try to find those little things that improve your mood and take your mind off the cancer. I wish I knew how to stop waiting for the other shoe to drop. I feel that anxiety every time I have a doctor appointment or even when I have minor aches and pains. Of course, you should discuss how you are feeling emotionally with your doctor.  In the meantime, you have joined a very knowledgeable and caring group here. Please keep posting, it might make you feel better to know that you are not alone and we are here for you. 


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I  had depression after all the "hurricane" that discovering I had cancer, do surgeries, chemo, etc... was

My doctor said depression is notmal and it impacts us, pacients, in 2 different ways:

1) The indirect psicological impact of having the news we got the disease, the anxiety to know if it will progress or not,  etc....

2) The direct impact of the chemo itself, that creates imbalances in the chemicals of the brain.

It is not the first time there are questions like yours in this forum.

It also took me a long while to recover from what you described... to start recovering my energy levels and to return to my normal life. After a year I started to work out again and the more I worked out, I felt better and more energized in the next day.

I hope you return to normality soon.



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I also suffered from depression And anxpiety !  I have a different cancer ♋️ Gyn, stage 4B endometrial cancer !  I was Dx June 2018,  I was very angry, in denial. I was refusing treatment. Just wanted to die ! I ended up with pulmonary Embolism July of 2018. Spent a week in the hospital, this is when I think the depression and anxiety began ! I started chemo reluctantly in Aug of 2018. Honestly death would have been easier!  So I fought the cancer became NED April 2019. I had a full laproscopic robotic hysterectomy in Jan 2019. I returned to work in Aug 2020, returning to work, the hardest thing to do, I had lost my hair, so my hair was very short. I was self conscious over my thin short ugly hair. I was depressed but I didn't know I was depressed, so I sought the help of a counselor and a shrink. For Xanax for anxiety and Zoloft for depression !  I feel as though I got better mentally and physically just in time for a pandemic last March! And approaching a year with this pandemic is making me  more anxious and I may need them to increase the Zoloft strength !  

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