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   Posted 8/12/2009 11:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Chemo ended January 2007; radiation ended March 2007; herceptin ended January 2008.

I still suffer from fatigue. Oh sure, I'm loads improved from treatment days, but I'm still experiencing fatigue.

Is this normal?
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   Posted 8/13/2009 5:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Gayle...
It took me a good two years to begin to feel like I had some of my old energy levels back. Of course, chemo put me into menopause, and that didn't help the situation. Lost a lot of sleep with hot flashes, and that was brutal. Took a lot of different non-hormonal remedies before Effexor finally took care of that. I also had a TRAM flap reconstruction, and the recovery period from that was long for me, too.

I wish oncologists could really understand what we mean by "fatigue," and that we really do suffer with it. It's so much more than just an annoyance. Just keep putting one foot in front of the other, and this, too, shall pass.

"There's a difference between a philosophy and a bumper sticker."  --Charles Schulz

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