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Tim (@Twalk) Walker

Wow, I'm sorry to hear you're dealing with this. No idea if there's anything constructive I can say. I've had major surgery (not for cancer) and I know that general post-op fatigue can be total, yet mysteriously intermittent. Still, I can only imagine what you're going through.

I guess my best stab at something helpful is this: Hang in there. You've got LOTS of folks rooting for you. And don't feel guilty for one second about what you can or can't do on a given day. You give so much: feel free to take the rest you need as you go along.

Bob Carney

I'll be tired for you...if I could.
Cancer sucks...it really does...today more than most.

GeekMommy

Hon, I would think you'd be doubly prone to it... with the Fibro and all.
For me, even the "mild case" of Fibro I've been diagnosed with is often accompanied with bouts of such severe fatigue that I wonder how I ever used to do anything as simple as going for a walk... and I don't have cancer at present.

Hang in there - and do what you CAN do, not what you feel you should do. Let other people lighten the load as much as they can. Save yourself for the things you need to do.

Oh, and I have NO idea why we haven't talked about this before, but are you aware of the Spoon Analogy?
It will help you to explain things to people who don't get it.
http://www.butyoudontlooksick.com/the_spoon_theory/

Laura C.

You are amazing! I have a hard enough time being productive myself, and I don't have cancer or any other similarly diagnosed disease... I know that others in your situation are gaining insight and inspiration from you.

WhyMommy

Yeah. Just. Yeah. I remember days during chemo when I couldn't lift my body to sit up in bed. (One of those days, I discovered Second Life, and I suddenly felt so freeeeeeeeeeee....) It was absolutely unbelievable. Even before chemo started, I was exhausted. The body works hard fighting cancer, at all stages, and it is exhausting.

I'm so glad we've met and can chat about this....

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About My Cancer

  • Invasive Lobular Carcinoma
    My form of breast cancer is less common than others. In fact only about 6 to 8% of cases of breast cancer are the invasive form that is based in the lobules, not in the milk ducts.

    Invasive, sometimes called Infiltrating, is a scary word. In most cases this form of breast cancer has been present for 8–10 years when detected by a mammogram or physical exam.

    In my case there was clearly an area that felt thickened or dense on December 6, 2007. A mammogram the next afternoon was not able to detect it but it clearly appeared on ultrasound and was confirmed by multiple biopsies the same day.

    During those 8 to 10 years the cancer took to become apparent to me, there has been plenty of opportunity for those invasive cells to get out of the breast and spread to the rest of the body.

    It is after all, by definition, an invasive form of cancer.

    Each year about 190 thousand women are diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in the US and about 40 thousand women will die of the disease. The larger the mass is when discovered the more risk. Mine had tentacled almost 5cm into the surrounding tissue and two other areas in the breast were discovered as well.

    My chances of living another 10 years without cancer in another area are about 40%. The likelihood of one of my other underlying health conditions doing the job before that is 20%. it took a few months to get used to that idea.

    Now though my attitude is that at least I know what I'm facing. It's just not what I expected. Life changes in an instant.

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