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Getting MORE tired not less!

Carryongolfing
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Hi - I had an open sub total hysterectomy (frozen pelvis meant they couldn't remove right ovary & tube) last July for endometrial cancer Figo grade 2 stage 1b. This was followed up by 5 weeks adjuvant radiotherapy which was completed early October.

After the initial niggles I began to pick up well and come the new year, I thought "right here we go, get going gal. New year put it all behind you" I soon learned that wasn't so easy and mind over matter just didn't work! I also learned that in the cancer recovery world, it was early days, even though it seemed ages to me!

What's really frustrating me now is that I seem to be going backwards! I'm getting more tired and have less energy than I did at the beginning of the year.

I don't want to sound churlish or ungrateful, but I do want to be able to walk round the golf course again! I can do 18 holes in a buggy or walk 6 holes (about 2 miles), but my legs are jelly like toward the end! And I'm wiped out the following day.

I guess all I really want to know is, is it normal to feel MORE tired after 8 months than after 4?

Many thanks

Carry

KateG - Macmillan
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Carryongolfing

Hi - I had an open sub total hysterectomy (frozen pelvis meant they couldn't remove right ovary & tube) last July for endometrial cancer Figo grade 2 stage 1b. This was followed up by 5 weeks adjuvant radiotherapy which was completed early October.

After the initial niggles I began to pick up well and come the new year, I thought "right here we go, get going gal. New year put it all behind you" I soon learned that wasn't so easy and mind over matter just didn't work! I also learned that in the cancer recovery world, it was early days, even though it seemed ages to me!

What's really frustrating me now is that I seem to be going backwards! I'm getting more tired and have less energy than I did at the beginning of the year.

I don't want to sound churlish or ungrateful, but I do want to be able to walk round the golf course again! I can do 18 holes in a buggy or walk 6 holes (about 2 miles), but my legs are jelly like toward the end! And I'm wiped out the following day.

I guess all I really want to know is, is it normal to feel MORE tired after 8 months than after 4?

Many thanks

Carry

Hi Carry 

Thank you for getting in touch, I understand that you feel frustrated, many people find that going forward after treatment can be difficult at times. It is difficult to predict how much the emotional and physical effects of cancer treatment can have.

It’s not unusual to experience fatigue as you do gradually do more after you’ve finished treatment . Each person’s recovery is different, there may be days when you find things difficult, it’s important not to be too hard on yourself. You might find it helpful to have a look at life after cancer treatment , it looks at the road to recovery and taking one step at a time .If you think it would be helpful to talk to other people who have been through treatment there is a life after cancer group in our online community.

It would be worthwhile having your GP check your routine bloods to see if they are within normal levels.

Take Care if you need anything please get back in touch.

Kate (Macmillan Information Nurse Specialist)