How long after your last chemotherapy treatment did you start to feel better and have energy again?

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member2249 (Survivor (1 year)) - 02 / 28 / 2012

1 vote(s) by murray
It depends on every individual and also how hard was the chemo on you. I know that I was one of the lucky ones, with minimum side effects from the actual chemo, although the chemo regimen was extremely harsh. Since I was able to exercise and eat all the way through the tx, I was back on my feet a month after and practically at the same level a few months past my last chemo. Now, I'm a year out (almost to the day) and I don't have too much to complain, except chemo brain (forgetting things) seems to have become a permenant new feature in my daily life.


member1665 (Survivor (2 - 5 years)) - 02 / 14 / 2012

It took me months...close to 6 months, and even now 3 years later I have developed anti parietal antibody which doesn't allow my body to absorb B12 orally and so I go for monthly shots. This had to be specifically tested for when after 2 years I was feeling so extremely tired. Chemo can cause this so ask your oncologist about it if you do not feel better soon.

LaurieA (Survivor (2 - 5 years)) - 03 / 02 / 2012

My 4 chemo/26 radiation treatment ended on St. Patrick's Day in 2009. I was able to work part time and exercise (walking) throughout treatment, but I felt like I was moving in slow motion at the time. Within 3 months I thought I was feeling normal, but I still continue to have periodic bursts of an increased energy level, leading to a new plateau. 3 years later, I feel more vulnerable than before treatment, or maybe I've learned listen to my body more closely. I have become keenly aware of what triggers fatigue, brain fog and/or hot flashes. Eating right (for me) and physical activity are critical, or I'm useless. The division between my high energy hours (morning/early afternoon) and when I start to poop out (when the sun goes down) is more obvious than before, so I plan activities accordingly. Chemo brain is my biggest complaint, but I suspect part of that is due to menopause, which started just before my diagnosis. If I play by the new rules my body demands, and faithfully keep to-do lists in a place where I can remember I put them, I feel reasonably normal.

member6505 (Survivor (2 - 5 years)) - 04 / 28 / 2013

I was lucky in that I was only required to have radiation after surgery.  However, I still found myself tired and in a depressed/don't care kind of mood a couple of years later.   The Arimidex did a number on me with weight gain, sore joints, bloating, hair loss, etc.   The medication was worse than the radiation for me.   I started exercising and taking a daily dose of my healthy chocolate shake......both made a big difference for me.   I feel tons better now....nearly 4 years after my initial diagnosis.   
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