Judy checking in here again on this topic. A year before I was dx with bc, in was in a life threatening auto accident. Fifteen months after the accident, just as my strength was coming back, I was dx with bc. Since then, my stamina has not returned. Before auto accident, I could go "full steam", work (sales for a 3 state territory), home, shopping, cleaning, for about 12-15 hours a day. Now, I can go at a normal pace for about 8 hours. When I actually go to work, I am unable to do anything much at home -- no energy.
I was dx at 58, 4 AC, 12 Taxol, 35 rads, Arimidex now. Finished all treatments early Oct 2005. One note, for my entire life, my thyroid had out-of-normal range T3 and T4, but TSH was always normal (condition was called Hashimoto's Thyroiditis). In 2006, had to start on Synthyroid because TSH was in the 20's.
Just finished reconstruction last week, latissimus dorsa. From start to finish three operations, took 5 months. I feel good and can function at a normal pace for about 8 hours.
I have always felt that my "spark" had diminished, but not sure now. I seem to have recovered from my last 2 operations VERY quickly so I am hoping that I will regain some of that youthful energy.