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I had mastectomy in April, I'm done with chemo for 6 months, but I still feel weak, get tired and sick easily, got a flu two weeks ago, still not over yet, Is it "normal" ? Do we have any guide line for patients in recovery ?

monique Vu Profile
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anonymous

Stage 1 Patient about 7 years
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  • Sharon Danielson Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2007
    Monique, Listen to your body... rest when you are tired, try to keep yourself from getting stressed out. You have been through a tough time. The directions that go with the "care and feeding" of you body is eat well.... everything that goes into your mouth ... make it count. Eat organic, drink water, don't smoke, don't drink alcohol to an excess and get exercise.... even just walking for a half an hour a day. The main thing as you are recovering, during flu season, stay away from crowds, or anyone who is sick, coughing and sneezing. Wash your hands several times a day AND FOR HEAVEN'S SAKE... KEEP YOUR HANDS AWAY FROM YOUR FACE... EYES, NOSE, MOUTH! That is the way you infect yourself with viruses. Carry around hand sanitizers with you. There is no magic bullet to keep yourself healthy except the tried and true standards. Take care, Sharon
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    • monique Vu Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Thanks Sharon.. You're right. I'm not paying attention to my body, forget that it needs more care than it used to. I got the flu right after going to the gym twice. I thought I should start doing some exercise, but wrong place, wrong time :( I'll...

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      Thanks Sharon.. You're right. I'm not paying attention to my body, forget that it needs more care than it used to. I got the flu right after going to the gym twice. I thought I should start doing some exercise, but wrong place, wrong time :( I'll just walk instead.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Monique,
      When I used to belong to a gym, I picked up some pretty nasty bugs. The temp is usually warm, moist, lots of sweaty hands on the equipment, viruses abound. Even if you wipe down the stuff, bugs remain. Best to walk out in the fresh air...

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      Monique,
      When I used to belong to a gym, I picked up some pretty nasty bugs. The temp is usually warm, moist, lots of sweaty hands on the equipment, viruses abound. Even if you wipe down the stuff, bugs remain. Best to walk out in the fresh air and aways from the people and viruses. You WILL get better, it is just so frustrating to feel lousy and then get the flu on top of it. Take care, Sharon

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  • André Roberts Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 1 Patient
    I agree with Sharon. You've been through so much. It'll take time to recover. Prayers to you.
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  • B R Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2012
    I also had a mx in April and am still tired. I catch every bug/virus that comes around and I'm a clean freak. People tell me it takes a good year or so for some of us to be back to "normal" after chemo. Hang in there, you are not alone.
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    • monique Vu Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Thank you very much for all your responses. It's conforting knowing I do belong to a group of new friends who care and understand.

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  • anonymous Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 1 Patient
    Even my friends who are healthy have been having trouble kicking the bug that's going around, so don't be too hard on yourself.
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