Hey Surfer joooo~
So glad you are doing well! I remember being a year out. Such a great feeling to be done with all the treatments. Thank you for the veggie/fruit suggestion. I have been drinking lots of water and eating lots of fruits and veggies this week. I have noticed that some of the bloating is going down a bit, but it doesn't show on the scale yet. Been peeing a hundred times a day! I get so bloated and hold water lately.
Hey, your TMI about being constipated is right on. Don't know what the problem is. It is like I have eaten super glue or something. Ever since my treatments and tamoxifen I have been clogged up! I drink tons of water, eat fiber, even a gentle laxative barely budges things along. Very uncomfortable and bloated! I have told my doctors this a hundred times and they just tell me to eat more fiber. Hell, what do they want me to do, go out in the yard and chew on a tree! It is tough, so I know exactly how you feel.
Sounds like you are very active which is great. I used to be. I do strengthening exercises but really need to get the cardio back in. I am just so pooped out at the end of the day after work. I sit at a desk all day, but do run around a whole lot in the office. Try to walk at lunch, do exercises at night, when I finally get a chance to sit down at home. Usually about 9 or 10pm. You would think with all the running around that I do, that I would be thin, no such luck! I too until I was 30 had to try to gain weight cause I weighed about 100 pounds or less without even trying. People always told me I was too thin cause I am 5'7". But I always felt great. No one in my family ever had breast cancer. I always ate healthy, no smoking, drinking, drugs, always swam every day, etc. and I still got it. Crazy huh?! Should have partied like everyone else I knew, they didn't get sick!
So where do you live? Must be by the ocean to be able to surf. I'm jealous. I live in Louisville, KY. Born and raised in NJ, so I had the ocean there. Miss it! It's so theraputic.
I too knew no one who had gone through this. I was the trailblazer in my group. My sister in law was diagnosed with breast cancer last Valentines Day. She is doing well now too. Her hair is growing back nicely and she is starting to get rid of the weight she gained from chemo. She does not have to take Tamoxifen, so she is getting back to normal. Your right, it is so hard to tell people who have not gone through this what you feel like cause it's so unlike anything you have ever felt before. You can't aquately describe the feeling from chemo and radiation. There are no words to describe it. Like I tell people, it's tough stuff, but we're tougher!
I have an appointment today at 2:30EST with my oncologist for my 6 month followup. I will again tell them about my problems with weight gain, muscle stiffness and constipation. Not that there is anything that they can do at this point. If it would ever stop raining for 5 mintues maybe I could get outside and try some speedwalking. I have been looking into doing some Jazzercise since I love to dance! Maybe that will sweat the garbage out of my system.
Hope you have luck weaning yourself on the Tamoxifen like I did. It really did work to gradually get yourself up to the 20mg. I still take 2-10mg pills a day, instead of the 20mg. I like having that option. I have considered stopping like so many other women have from other forums that I have seen, but like you, I am too afraid to get this back again and there is no way I want a repeat of that part of my life. How old are you? I just turned 50 on April 10th. Want to be here 50 more! Love talking to you too. Glad I can be of some encouragement to others. It really does get better, and you will feel great. Don't get me wrong. I do feel good, would just be better if my body was just fit and trim again! I did get down to 125 pounds 3 years ago for my class reunion, but I had to starve myself to death to do it. Plus that was before I was on Tamoxifen for all this time too. Didn't have as much body fat to get rid of then. But as soon as I ate some carbs, it came right back and just can't seem to stop it no matter what. Hoping more cardio will help out!
Thanks for your suggestions!
Look forward to chatting with you again!