Now for helping to stop cancer from metasizing or popping up elsewhere – lookup PectaSol-C. Three patients have been filed for the latest changes (we’ve known about pectin and how pectasol-c can stop a cancerous cell from communicating with another cell which causes the cancer to pop up elsewhere in the body). I take care of myself and put me first. You’ll feel better about yourself. I am 6 weeks after my last cycle of chemo and trying to be as positive as possible. I did a light work out today and plan to increase gadually. Still I m trying to do as much as I can and challenge myself hopefully. Te felicito, Patricia. If you have any other advice on how to you built your strength back please feel free to email me. Before that, I was receiving closer to 50 cc’s, and my skin would feel incredibly sunburned for days and days. It’s people like you that gives other cancer stricken individuals the hope and courage to continue on through all the pain and misery searching and reaching for a really good outcome. However, many people don't make it out of their first chemotherapy session without experiencing profound nausea and even vomiting or diarrhea. As you’re getting to know yourself better and who you are after loss, use this time to define better who you want to be now, and who deserves to be in your life. vicky vic_lynn76@yahoo.com. My hope is to, at the very least, entertain your curiosity.. Hello Dan . My oncologist recommended it to me based on what her patients told her, and I would recommend it to everyone going through chemo or post-chemo. I am moving to another state next month with my oldest daughter. Thank you for sharing. I began to work out 5 days a week with more pain and recovery down time then I have ever experienced in the past. Luved your weeks to return time frame. I really thought I was crazy thinking that my body composition had changed so dramatically. I think what my sister and I did was the reason we were both the only cancer patients not anemic during all that chemo (Duke and UNC). How soon you will feel better depends on many things, including your general health and the kinds of chemotherapy you have been taking. Me alegro mucho por tu recuperación y me parece súmamente generoso de tu parte compartirlo con los demás y llevar tanta esperanza a otros que puedan estar pasando por un momento similar al que a vos y tu familia le tocó vivir. But, thanks for sharing. Although I live in the East Coast, I found a Dr. Bruce West in CA that is well respected and truly knows his stuff. then opp to remove =cancer from body and lynthe glands+4 more rounds of chemo and 21daystablets.NOW hopefully clear/.JUST takeing one day at a time. This is strictly the effect of the drug on my body. In the past 3 months had a few bites of desserts perhaps 3 times. I can do this too. Fatigue is the most common symptom associated with radiation therapy. I’d find it hard to find motivation day in and day out, I think. Sorry for the confusion! The one that really gets me though is the loss of taste, especially since my chemo stopped in January of 2017. I fared all right, but it was because I made myself take it easy. Thanks, Nancy Cowan Dan, thanks for the inspiration! Thanks again. Because apparently antioxidants interfere with chemo, therefore none on the day of, and 2 days after. After finishing chemotherapy treatment, it can take anywhere from about 21 to 28 days for your immune system to recover. It is just so nice to see hopeful news that I will be the same after all this. Im' sorry to hear that your Mom is going through chemo, I pray she does well... (many of us do well.. and make it through... thankfully, and onto good health. Not everyone feels sick during or after chemotherapy, but if nausea affects you, it will usually start a few hours after treatment. Chemotherapy can make you feel sick (nauseated) or cause you to vomit. Some chemo drugs are toxic in nature and need to be used cautiously in some patients. This means waiting longer after chemo to feel better. I was in Chemo for a little over 3 months about 7 days a week 8 hours a day. The improvement in symptoms and you feeling better after chemo depends on the type, stage and severity of the cancer. You bounced back easily, I think because you look very young. Round 2 of Chemo (Nov. 16-29): This time I actually tolerated the day after chemo shot (Neulasta) a little better but felt the same kind of sickish/tired the first week and then the second week felt much better. Reply. I continued with pilates during my treatment but was lucky to be able to afford to have an instructor come to the house. Really discouraged just want to get my strenght back. After 14 weeks – The fat that I gained started to go away. There where people saying “you will never be the same”, “your hair will come back different”, “your energy will never come back” etc… This was all untrue for me. Thanks for listing what goes on with cancer. Cancers of early stage generally respond faster while those which have already spread to other areas may take a while. I am scared .. Blessings-MA. My oncologist had me take 50 mg daily of Vit. I have been in chemo since June and will finsh December 2nd. After doing 14 rounds of chemo every two weeks in the hospital for 5 days straight days this went on for 20 months I looked in the mirror I looked like a monster and feel this is it I can’t even look at myself when I do I get down on myself yell everyone to f*** off leave … It’s just nice to know that you had similar experiences but that you also had a strong come back. After this experience, I believe in integrative medicine (conventional & natural combined), because antibiotics, and other pills, heal one thing and kill another. Would I get some or all of the side effects? Short walks rinsing mouth with boiled salt waterafter waiting for to go cold /.vasaline on feet at night and cotton socks on for dryness / bio drinks and yogarts also a multie vitamin tablet two a day.TO BUILD BODY BLOODS BACK UP/.drinking lots of water starting hobbies back up going to allotment little weeding and potting up plants looking forward after reading your blogg .to a little more up and about a bit more thanking you. If you lose some or all of your hair after chemo, it will typically start to grow back in a month or two. Everyone is different but at least this gives you a ballpark. And with his help find out how many days after chemo do you feel better. As far as side effects, I have had most of the ones that you experienced. WOW what an inspiration you are to no only your younger generation but to us “Old Grumps” (70 years old) even more so. Looking forward to corresponding with you through my ordeal. It appears normal but, will still take another 6 months to be as resilient as before. Before Chemo my weight was 180lbs at 6’1″ ( Mostly muscle ), After Chemo my weight was 150lbs at 6’1″ ( Mostly fat ), After 5 months my weight is 195lbs at 6’1″ ( Less than 8% body fat ). This means, depending on the chemo side effects, the duration of chemo may be longer in some patients and so is the recovery. You can get it over the counter, but getting an Rx for it makes the cost tax deductible. So, she would get chemo, feel bad for about two … Then I told my sister, who is a five year survivor of IBC breast cancer, stage IV. I am a dedicated and always went to the gym so this morning felt good so went to the gym. They stated I was one of their healthiest cancer patients. I will get 4-6 months of chemo and also receive Herceptin for 1 year . This article contains incorrect information. Caring for Your Physical Health After Chemotherapy. Thank you for the break down. When would they kick in? Most people take steroids and other meds to control nausea just before chemo and for 1-2 days after. God Bless Mary. Thank you dan, u really provided me hope in my mind. Again, the age, other health parameters, dose, duration and side effects of chemo influence the recovery. Toks. Tenecia says. God bless you for sharing!!!@@@!! Hola Dan Soy la hija de un amigo de tu padre (Ernesto) y acabo de leer tu nota. Take care of yourself. Everyone isn’t the same and I am sure that the younger you are, the faster you will recover. I quess that is nothing in regards that like you I can bounce back and live a long and healthly like. I had chemo on three week cycles, usually by about 17 or 18 days past my infusion, I was feeling better for the most part. This is the first blog I have responded to as it is the most inspiring I have seen. Your blog has actually gave me some hope. This is a lot longer than most people assume. Please Reply my post ASAP so that i can keep my mind right way with her right treatment. Thank you and God bless you . Don’t be afraid to try something new – I think as we get older it becomes harder to do things outside of our comfort zone. My advice is not to read negative blogs as you start to feel symptoms you weren’t previously aware of! I would gladly lose it all to get my sense of taste back. The feedback link “Was this Article Helpful” on this page can be used to report content that is not accurate, up-to-date or questionable in any manner. I was in very good shape for many years and even competed in figure competitions 7yrs ago. I did not start feeling better until the 5 or 6th day after chemo. It’s a good reminder that I’m getting better! hi. Thank you. What may be a low- or moderate-intensity activity for a healthy person may seem like a high-intensity activity for some cancer survivors. In a pill form, it is available in a variety of tablet sizes. I have my LAST chemo on Nov 11th, and I was looking for information on recovery, trying to figure out if I could prepare myself for the next powerlift in March. I will have 4 chemo treatments and recieve Herceptin infusions weekly for at leasta year. Despite the mouth ulcers, I feel quite good. If you are in pain, tell your oncologist or another doctor. But seeing ur pics does motivate me much. However, having a clear understanding of the time frame till, which chemo and its side effects can bother, surely helps. But Samarth Nath (18) and Sarthak Nath (17) owe the start to this non-commercial endeavour to their nani (maternal grandmother).. They expected you to walk one mile everyday. I have painful physio twice a week but know I need to have this to completely recover as I had bone cancer and have a prothesis in my leg. After 9 weeks –  At this point I was able to start exercising and my energy started to normalize ( Not sleeping 14 hours a day ). At times I think my family is who is making this hard for me and are telling me that I shouldn’t go, that I will pick up so many infections. I don't remember having bad days from the taxol chemo, rather down days when the steroids wore off and I was on less of a high!! It’s more likely with certain types of chemo or other drug to treat cancer. I feel very good it’s been a month now and I am doing radiation now for Breast cancer. iStock Whatever you choose, drink slowly I’ve just finished my last chemo for breast cancer. I’m sure you feel so relieved to be finished with them. I feel strong,and although next week will be tough, it’s only one week. I’m so scared it will come back but for now I just want to be in remission and get to feeling healthy again. Anyway, my sister and I got on the pectasol-c. Also, to help get back to normal faster, my Blue Cross/Blue Shield wellness nurse told me to ask the doctor for a Rx for vitamin B6. Thank you so much for sharing this. I was cutting it every 2 weeks… It started blond… Went curly… And is now 100% the same way it was before Chemo. If you are older, you may not know whether your pain is because of cancer or because of other health problems, such as arthritis. This week has been excellent! I take it one day at a time. After 9 weeks – At this point I was able to start exercising and my energy started to normalize ( Not sleeping 14 hours a day ). I lost my hair but I do not care , I want to live. I was in the exact same physical condition you were and unfortunately I did gain some weight, but at least I am alive! I n a bid to make cancer patients feel more comfortable in their own skin, two teenage boys from Delhi have taken to fashioning caps and scarves for chemotherapy patients. You may learn different lessons as you go through chemo -- after all, your journey will be uniquely yours. I went through stem cell transplant 3/18 this year at Duke….used chemo and radiation…..here at 3months post I am in pulmonary rehab and struggling with a reduced ejection fracture and chocolate colored skin to the degree very close friends don’t recognize me…..I feel stronger each day although I rest as much as possible I have returned to my second job, out for the summer for school, but plan to return late August…….keep your stories coming….I am 68-like the older gentleman expressed, you are an inspiration to an old girl……determined to get this done :-), Thank you for sharing your motivating journey!! Chemo is notorious for hitting harder on the third day, in part because of medications given to counter chemo side effects. However, I do want to clean my body of the toxins it has endured via chemo, so my new cells can rebuild healthy and hopefully avoid future diseases. It often gets better on its own a few weeks after treatment is finished. Delayed nausea and vomiting usually starts more than 24 hours after treatment and can last up to a few days after treatment ends. I hope this answered some of your questions and if you are about to enter Chemo or just finished… Don’t stress, give it time, you WILL be normal again. You’ll be able to control this weight gain much better. My chemo was every other Thursday but I continued to work my full time job. Hi, Have just read your posting. This article on Epainassist.com has been reviewed by a medical professional, as well as checked for facts, to assure the readers the best possible accuracy. It has been rough but I have always been positive and I have kept my sense of humor. BY seven I started to feel much better and the last week was pretty good. cdbart. I am 30. Anyway, my face is puffy and I have gained fat. We follow a strict editorial policy and we have a zero-tolerance policy regarding any level of plagiarism. The truth is that it may take up to a year to get your stamina back. its going much slower then i ever would have thought. . I will write more on other aspects of the whole experience in other posts. All my life I have been healthy, ate vegetarian diet, taught yoga, danced, coached others on how to live positive lifestyles, so when I was diagnosed with uterine cancer everything shifted. haha It’s a small price to pay for your life. Many drugs can cause a sore mouth, but it happens more often when higher doses of drugs are used. Thanks for the motivation and the info! My 8 year old went through 13 hour operation having a massive skin and muscle graft , 7 months chemotherapy and 6 weeks radio, he lost his eye due to the cancer and also his socket and cheek bones. It is a way to help you feel better and stay active. I am in shock as we both thought Jesus would pull him through it. It is now August. There are different cancer treatment modalities and chemotherapy is one of those. Chemo was tough… pain, fatigue, reflux, severe constipation, developing shingles, etc. Thanks for showing me that I can get back to “normAL” be even beter. What a lovely change to read such a positive article. What to Expect After Last Chemo Treatment. This article does not provide medical advice. I am getting really discouraged and don’t know what to do. If you are on a daily dose of dexamethasone (usually less than 10 mg), and you miss a dose, take the dose as soon as you remember. I am a personal trainer and I just finished up 6 months of hard core inpatient chemotherapy & found your recovery intersting! I too have scoured the internet for information regarding recovery, exercise etc and found everything to be extremely negative. I fell into average shape after dealing with extreme fatigue and weakness for almost 2yrs prior to being diagnosed. But Doc still saying to take 3 time atleast….. She is much weak and i am afraid she may further continue this treatment as she can’t stand her Foots. Thanks again. Thanks. Hello, Thank you so much for your information, Congratulations to you From what I have read here, there may be a gender difference… It’s been rough for me; the C word came into my life in May 2015 I am all finished with treatment according to the doctors I am disease free as of October 13th of this year 2017, For which I am grateful, but I am still feeling the side affect of chemo pain stomach issues tiredness etc. Basically I did a search and read many nutrition and cancer books. Mary I start Chemo next week.. However, the chemo affects every person in a different manner and it is not necessary for all patient to experience the same side effects with the severity. I find your story extremely uplifting. I am anxious to get back into the gym now that my blood counts are up and my energy is coming back. Dealing with Cancer is a very much a layered cake. Chemo, as a single therapy may require rigorous treatment than those which are treated surgically or with other therapies. Thank you for that quick insight..I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in May of 2010. I still wear the same size but I dont fit in my clothes the same and my hair is beginning to grow back all over. Once my doctor reduced the amount he inflated, I didn’t have the sunburned feeling anymore. You might just want to go home and take a nap or relax. From there we went to my high school reunion, another 150 or so miles. Since I had surgery in June to remove part of my esophagus it has been hard to eat like I use to. It lists every type of cancer and the vegetable that are essential to the body. I just finished my bc chemo 5 days ago waiting til day 8 to get back to physio for light weights + cardio program. Dan, Thanks so much for this information. Thanks for posting, I’ll definitely be subscribing to your blog. Sometimes a chemo buddy is better able to detect if you have a reaction to the chemo drugs and can point this out to you early on. Now I am walking about 12 blocks every morning and this is before I go to work. Congratulations, all the hard work you put in paid off. Yeye Gogo Nana, An addend…………….I wrote about my husband’s small cell lung Cancer. I am 50 and just finished 6 months of chemo,after having a mastecomy and lymph node dissection last summer, i have no hair, lost many finger and toe nails, exhausted and lots of bone pain, i cant wait to get back to normal someday, hopefully , but i am so worried about what other illnesses, etc. I go back the end of this week for my second round of chemo. I’m so very proud of you!! B6, but my chiropractor had me bump it up to 150 mg daily after my last chemo. I have searched for natural ways to detox the body after chemo. I went to 5 doctorstellkng them that something was very wrong only to be sent home or given a B12 shot. Chemotherapy is the use of certain medicines to cure, control spread of cancer to other areas, or ease symptoms due to the cancer. The doctors say that persons with my stage IV cancer only live 5 years with treatment all the time. Your mouth may become sore anywhere from 5 to 10 days after chemotherapy starts. It was difficult to get out of bed and got only a little better as the day went on. Thank you for posting this information. Although I still have a little neuropathy in my hands and feet, I still keep moving. I have lost some muscle and plan to begin exercizing the following week after chemo when I feel better. Without enough red blood cells to carry oxygen to tissues, you may experience anemia.Symptoms of anemia may include: 1. fatigue 2. lightheadedness 3. pale skin 4. difficulty thinking 5. feeling cold 6. general weaknessChemo can also lower your white blood cell count (neut… The 38-year-old is now in remission, but she hasn't forgotten what it felt like to lose her hair. has helped keep some muscle tone, fat gain from steroids minimal (still a bit though) and has been amazing for my mental health. One visiting nurse told me to keep it up because protein helps heal and maintain muscle mass. I couldn’t do my Pet Scan because my immune systems was very low I couldn’t travel, the doctor started putting me Neupogen to stimulate my immune system. Sex hormones drop . My son had his first in-hospital treatment with Doxorubicin and Ifosfamide, one for 72 hours, and the other for 96 hours, beginning Tuesday night, with an additional bladder protection medication and anti-nausea medication, and, of course, saline IV. Trust I will be able to put some weight back on before I start my final therapy. It usually increases until about half-way through treatment and stays at about that level until treatment is completed. I ran cross country in high school and used to run six miles a day; now I have trouble lasting 15 minutes on a treadmill. Usually we're directed to stop taking the steroids on the third day. We made it through chemo, so we can get back to hard bodies as well. Zina :). Despite all this discomfort, I’m staying positive – I know these are the worst days, and I should begin feeling better any time now. I just want normalcy back. Right now I am very upset and feel overwhelmed by this. I believe that diet does have an important role. How long would they last? Nausea may last for many hours and be accompanied by vomiting or retching. I was no longer in control of my body. I have always been in good shape with strong lean muscle and little fat. cdbart. He said that the acupuncture oxygenates the blood, enabling the blood to carry nutrients & meds better. Thank you! The most well-known side effect, hair loss, does not normally start until 2 weeks after the first chemotherapy session 1. And it’s a lovely sunny day outside. Same may not be true for someone my “senior” age. Hi, I am happy your doing well, you look amazing. This article may contains scientific references. was walking like “Fred Sanford”. 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