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Jul 18, 2019 06:46AM
I was diagnosed and treated about the same time as you. Look at my profile to see how much time I spent in treatment and surgical recovery, over the past 2.5 years. Between restrictions on movements after surgeries and returning to work, and just the mental strain and PTSD of cancer, I had to accept the fact that I had to rebuild strength and stamina. I was very healthy and in shape when I was diagnosed at 50, and it was hard to accept the times when I just could not work out as usual. I worked out during Taxol but FAC nearly left me for dead. I just had to get through it without being hard on myself for not being myself.
Give yourself a break and just keep doing what you are doing for now, as you get healthy, over time. It does take time to recover....more than you think maybe.
I have rebounded nicely by ramping up slowly, over time. I am strong now and no longer fatigued the way I used to be. I work out regularly.
Also, tamoxifen is very dehydrating. So drink plenty of water or else you will feel very fatigued from that! Since starting that med, I now drink 100 ounces per day. If I don't, I am crampy and tired.
Finally, graduate school is stressful. I have two advanced degrees and late nights studying can throw off your sleep and energy.
Stay strong! You will get there!
12/2016, IDC, Right, 4cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/7 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
2/6/2017 Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant, Tissue expander placement
3/22/2017 Taxol (paclitaxel)
9/25/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
10/13/2017 Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Silicone implant
5/9/2018 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting, Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting
10/16/2018 Reconstruction (right): Nipple tattoo
5/9/2019 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting
7/23/2019 Arimidex (anastrozole)
9/6/2019 Reconstruction (right): Nipple tattoo