I’d like a little favor from those of you more than a year past treatment: How did you feel in that first year, once treatment was over? I have a question about this from a reader—how do other women feel?— and have discovered this has not been that well studied. There are a lot of “you should feel” suggestions through various cancer organizations, but I have not found any decent actual research.
So I would like us to at least have a discussion of this. I am lucky to be so far past that first year that my memory is not all that strong, but I do know I was extra tired and had pain in my surgical incisions, and some pain generally around my chest, which I was told was related to radiation. That pain is gone and cancer has not returned, so whatever it was ended up not being any sort of a threat. My energy level still is not anything to write home about, but I tend to get a lot done, and I am fairly committed to regular exercise, so I think I am doing just fine. (Yay!)
So, how did you feel in that first year? (Or how do you feel, if you’re now in that year?) Do you think you got more colds and other viruses/infections than normal? Do you feel you had a weakened immune system? For longer survivors, how long did this last?
There is a lot we can do to keep ourselves healthy, and this reader is already on that—she is eating healthy and maintaining a healthy level of physical activity. Still, she has been getting a lot of colds and she wants to know if other women feel like she does. And, even though she did not say it, I think she wants to know if this is going to go away soon.
I’ll post this on my Facebook page so you can discuss it there, or you can comment below.
I think we will all feel better once this awful winter is past and we can get our usual doses of natural vitamin D.