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Phillsgirl
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   Posted 3/16/2008 7:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi ladies,
          I have a few questions about rads that I know you ladies know all about.  I read about all of you and hope everyone is doing good  today. My prayers are with all of you.  I start radiation on Wednesday and would like information from the professionals and I do mean you, ladies.  Docs can tell me what to expect but unless they have been there, they just don't know.  I was told when I had symptoms of the chemo " you shouldn't feel like that" But I DID.  How bad are the burns? How tired am I going to get? Will I have enough energy to go to a gym to lose the 30 lbs I gained thru all of this. Please ladies, any info would be helpful.  Thanks          Carol from Rochester

MNlady13
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   Posted 3/16/2008 9:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Carol,
I suspect that the reaction to radiation like chemo varies from one person to the next. But, I will share my rad experiences. The burn did not get bad until the last week to 10 days. My skin peeled on the underside of my breast -- in other words, from the nipple to the chest wall. But, it was not gosh-awful painful, more just uncomfortable. It did not help that it was mid-summer in Minnesota at the time. :-( But, Aquaphor ointment and mild salt water compresses got me through the most difficult days. The skin regenerates pretty quickly.  I was surprised at how fast it healed once treatments stopped. I know that others have had no more than a pinkening of the skin.
The fatigue creeps up on you gradually. Like the effects of radiation on the skin, it is cumulative I worked full-time and then some during my treatments, but napped when I came home from work and went to bed early. We did lots of deli and take-out dining during those weeks. Will you have enough energy for the gym? Perhaps, but I would not push myself too hard. Your body is going to want to rest a lot. A mild amount of physical activity probably is best. HTH Good luck. Hugs, Lauri (dxed 04/11/96)


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Tavish
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   Posted 3/16/2008 11:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Carol-
Don't assume the worst, but be prepared for the unknown, just in case. Like Lauri, I too worked full time through rads with no problem at all. I was single with no kids, so I only had to take care of myself...depends on your job, home duties, etc. My skin got pink, no burns, no blisters, no problem. The breast tissue got denser and very tender...even now, 8 years later, it is more tender (a tight hug will cause me discomfort), but the appearance did not change. I do not recall much fatigue, but I did take it easy during those weeks. I had nothing but positive things to say about the experience (as far as cancer goes!). I had a 7:15 am appointment, went in and out in 15-20 minutes each day, then got to work on time and never missed a beat. The techs were very professional and I always felt treated like a person and not a body part.

As for the gym, I'd suggest asking your doctor first, and if ok, try to work a modified routine during the next few weeks...to stay fit but don't push yourself too hard. Don't forget, your body is still recovering from chemo.

Lori


Phillsgirl
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   Posted 3/17/2008 2:43 AM (GMT -7)   

Thanks alot ladies,

It's nice to here from people who have been through it. Like I said before, no one knows unless they have been through it .  I'll keep in touch and let you know how it worked out.

Carol


babyseeester
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   Posted 3/17/2008 10:13 PM (GMT -7)   
You are so right about the docs not really knowing what we go through.  That is one reason why I decided to become a radiation therapist.  My treatments were very good.  I never got tired and surprisingly, did not burn.  The skin got a little red, but that's all.  I had a mastectomy, so maybe it's different.  I am very fair skinned, so was expecting blisters.  Never happened.  My therapist was fantastic.  He talked to me about the profession and really encouraged me to go for it.  I found the whole thing fascinating.  The hardest part was going there every day.  Good luck.  Keep a positive attitude.
L & H,
Kathy


Phillsgirl
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   Posted 3/18/2008 4:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Kathy,
I feel much better after talking with you ladies. Just can't wait until this is all over and life goes back to normal. Just in time for spring. A new beginning in all senses of the word.

Carol
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