Entering a New Phase of LifePosted: March 7, 2014 Given I am a year + out of treatment and am on the six month cat-scan plan, I decided to share a little bit about some of the changes I have experienced.
As mentioned in a previous post, I weaned myself from sertraline (for anxiety). It’s amazing what an itty bitty dose of some drugs can do to a person. I would have never survived being a drug addict. Good grief. I have pretty much conquered the “aggressiveness” my husband person had to endure. There were times I was like a frayed rope. Oh my!
So now I am down to just taking synthroid (for hypothyroidism) and some extra calcium and vitamin D for my bones. Yea!
Last visit to the PCP, had a BP of 117/80. Yea again!
And hairs are growing like crazy! Mostly gray now, small price to pay for being alive, eh?
Those who read previous posts know that I developed “chemo brain.” To say I was fuzzy-brained would be the understatement of the decade. Memory loss, inability to engage in complex thought, etc were part of my norm during and for a period of time after the chemo treatments.
And today? I still have a little of the chemo-brain. I get things mixed up once in a while, especially when it comes to time and remembering small tasks. But I don’t leave the stove on any more 🙂
However, I am able to add small groups of numbers in my head now. I also have regained most of my ability to analyze language as I used to do. Hurrah.
One of the unexpected consequences I experienced during and after chemo was weight gain. So many folks lose weight. I actually gained weight while in treatment and for several months afterward I just kept gaining. Go figure.
Times have changed and so has my attitude. Instead of just berating myself, I have opted to simply tackle the issue as I did with the treatments.
I have set about to lose the weight one ounce at a time. That may sound silly, but I can easily envision losing 2 – 3 ounces a day. Just like killing cancer cells one at a time.
I also turn to others for advise and ideas. For example, one of the visitors here, tannngl, has a site that is helpful. You can visit her site HERE. She discusses nutrition, exercise and includes her faith as well. I recommend it. (You can also access it on the sidebar under Health and Well-Being.)
So that is where I am one + year later.
If you or someone you know would like to share experiences relative to life after treatment for cancer, please encourage them to do so.
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