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Jun 5, 2014 08:56AM
I'm not on Tamoxifen, or anything else...just Herceptin. I completed TC chemo may 9th, and had my first Herceptin only infusion last week...and I am more tired than ever. I know that it will take time for the fatigue and the Neuropathy in my fingers to go away...(By fatigue I mean that heavy, achy, tired out muscles feeling especially in my legs)
I never had a problem with being overweight...in fact, everyone was worried I would lose too much during treatment...(Instead I gained 14 lbs).
I have been careful to eat a healthy diet...I seldom ate unhealthy food until chemo, don't smoke or drink etc...
I do have degenerative disc disease (for more than a decade now) With some complications from it that makes it inoperable...also sciatica, and osteoarthritis in my spine.
My problem now is...I cannot walk far without my legs getting too tired to stand, and I thought this would get better with each passing week after chemo...It has not.
Years of PT taught me to use my legs instead of my back to do things, but now the legs are very weak.
I'm so frustrated because all the articles I have read state that in order to lower your risk of recurrence or second primary cancer, exercise is key...and exercise will help the fatigue...But, how can I exercise when my legs won't hold me up for long?
I do not live near a city where I can do yoga or anything like that...I'm in the forest, so walking requires hiking gear (I used to hike a lot as it helped with the arthritis!)
Even my poor dogs are getting fatter and lazier because I can't hike with them now.
I made my own hiking trail through our property last summer before I got so sick...Wish I could use it.
My husband has been my KISA (Knight In Shining Armour)...But I'm afraid he expects me to be getting better sooner, and is bewildered at how much sweeping off the patio still exhausts me.
Our three grown daughters and other family and friends have been planning a lot of get-togethers for this summer, and I am afraid I will not have the stamina for them!
My daughter is also getting married, and we cannot attend because it is too far away, so her bridal shower and reception are the main things I want to concentrate on being able to enjoy.
I've asked my MO how long to expect the energy to come back, and I appreciate that it is different for everybody, as there are just too many variables...But, I am getting frustrated that I feel so lazy...even though, as the title to this thread says...I'm tired, not lazy!
~Blessings & Love~ and remember, we are...~Never Forsaken~
12/17/2013, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/4 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ (FISH)
12/26/2013 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left
1/24/2014 Herceptin (trastuzumab)
1/24/2014 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel)
10/9/2017, IDC, Right, 3cm, Stage IV, metastasized to other, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2+
10/25/2017 AC + T (Taxol)