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Skky
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Date Joined Mar 2005
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   Posted 7/11/2005 6:36 PM (GMT -7)   
    Just wondering how many of us exercise? Did most of you start during chemo or wait till after.I have always been is such good shape, but am so tired now I can hardly function some days.Not to complain but I'am really feeling weak here.I'am pushing myself to walk with the baby in the morning, and ride the bike with him in the evening.Mind you I quit doing these things over a month ago, and just recently started again. I get depressed when I feel like I can't pedal anymore. Is it normal to feel this weak????
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Tavish
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Date Joined Jul 2003
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   Posted 7/11/2005 6:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Michelle, keep in mind the chemo is zapping your blood counts and fatigue is totally normal in this crazy game. Don't be too hard on yourself! Dr. Wicha advised me to "keep exercising" during chemo, and I said "You mean start exercising!" He advised me to walk at least a mile a day, esp during chemo...which I did Feb-April. I just put on a hat and bundled up and went....I think it did help my energy level. After tx, I got a dog and he gets me walking every day. SOmetimes we go for 45-50 minutes, other days (like rain) we just go around the block, but I read that those who walked after dx had a less chance of recurrance. You may look up the research on that topic for motivation...but remember that you will most likely be slower and weaker till you finish chemo.

You may also talk to a nutritionist at the U to see about certain foods that may help your energy and strength. I think I was allowed to meet twice for free with one at the cancer center there.

My advice is to take it slow and stay in the game, just to keep the routine going. Your strength and stamina will come back, just be patient...

Hope you are well and enjoying our heat wave!
Lori


debbiR
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Date Joined Feb 2005
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   Posted 7/11/2005 9:20 PM (GMT -7)   

Michelle, I was exhausted during chemo. As you know, your blood counts drop. My onco was kept a very close eye on my counts and when they got low, she would order a procrit shot for me. She continues to do that during my treatments now, also. You might ask your onco about the shot. It really does help the energy level.

I have to admit that I really didn't do much exercising during chemo. In fact, I was always pretty active but I became somewhat of a couch potato until the diabetes diagnosis. I try and walk every day (when the pain in my feet allows). Consider chasing after that little one of yours exercise. Please pace yourself. When you feel tired, rest. If you don't listen to your body, it will eventually make you feel as though you have hit a "brick wall" and you won't have the strength to do anything but rest. Pamper yourself. Be kind to yourself. Remember what your body is going thru.

Hugs...Deb


 

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