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Health after cancer?

By January 30, 2011 - 3:42pm
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During the h last 5 months or so I have had 2 ops for breast cancer, 3 months of chemotherapy and 5 weeks of radiotherapy. I am feeling pretty battered and very very tired, exhausted most of the time. I need to know what to do to get over this. Any suggestions, ideas would be most welcome as I am desperate to get back to feeling normal again. My hair, which completely fell out, is very slowly growing back. What can I do to encourage faster regrowth?

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Hi gubba - One of the best things you can do for your recovery is to connect with others who are going through the same experience. Sadly, the medical system focuses mainly on the clinical aspects of cancer, and does not devote as many resources to the process of recovery and resuming one's life. The information that Alison provided will help you, and if you are in an area that has a local chapter of the American Cancer Society you may want to look into their "Look Better, Feel Better" program. http://lookgoodfeelbetter.org/

We have some great information on our site from a woman who volunteers for the program and professionally is an expert in oncology aesthetics. Her name is Isabel Calleros. The easiest way to find her video posts is to go here: http://www.empowher.com/users/isabel-calleros

Let us know if we can help further, and try to take your recovery one day at a time. It helps.

January 31, 2011 - 6:05pm

Hi gubba,
I am sorry you have undergone so many treatments, and understandably are feeling extremely exhausted---both mentally and physically.

There are many women who are trying to get back to feeling "normal" again, and who have shared their stories and helpful advice. I have included a few links to these resources, hopefully as a good starting place for you to begin connecting with some of these women:
- Breast Cancer Discussion Groups
- Article: Quality of Life could Predict Your Survival
- Discussion Thread: Tired After Cancer. I included this article, even though it is about thyroid cancer, as Pat Elliot (EmpowHER Moderator) provided great tips and advice as a cancer survivor

I hope you find some of these articles and resources helpful, as you discover other women to talk to about treatment side effects and how to lessen symptoms. Do you have a support group at your hospital that would help talk with women in-person who are struggling with the same issues?

January 30, 2011 - 7:34pm
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