After Cancer Treatment: Starting Over and Looking Out for YOU!

After Cancer Treatment: Starting Over and Looking Out for YOU!

Finishing up chemotherapy and/or radiation treatments can be one of the most memorable and exciting times in a cancer survivor’s life. However, many patients rarely know where to start after treatment and what problems may arise in the future due to treatment; and knowing what types of problems to look out for can be crucial in order to live a quality and healthy life moving forward. Combining awareness with education puts you way ahead of things should any problem arise.

Although I had great doctors that were responsible for getting me well, after treatment I often times found myself confused, frustrated and not knowing how to get back on track again. “How could I get back to normal? What should I eat? What about exercise?” These were the types of questions that I asked myself.

After finishing my last treatment in 1998, I weighed 123 pounds; my normal weight was 145 pounds before treatment. Before relapsing with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma for the 4th time in 1997, I was really into weight-training and martial arts. In an effort to put back on my weight, I consulted with other weightlifters and personal trainers more experienced than I was. Within a few months of following a strict diet, I was able to regain my weight and my strength.

As the years passed, I found myself becoming more and more fatigued and having other issues. I had no clue what was going on with my body. After a trip to the endocrinologist, I learned that I had an under-active thyroid due to radiation from years back. This was just one of the long-term effects of treatments from years earlier.

I then began to understand that I would have to be proactive with my health. I had to ask myself, “How can I improve my quality of life?” I had to ask questions. I had to find out information on my own. I had to do the research.

As time went by I did more and more research and slowly changed up my diet and added natural supplements to support my immune system, heart, liver, etc. Now, I am not a doctor and I am not suggesting that you do what I did or add supplements to your daily routine. I am just making the point that you are responsible for being your number one advocate when it comes to your health. Stay on top of things and pay attention to how you feel; know what types of problems to be looking for. Look for ways to improve your health and don’t just wait until you are having an issue.

– Be well!

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Comments (3)

  • Me :0 Reply

    I miss you Ryan. From the picture it looks like you performed at ACS lucheon. Did you and how did it go?

    December 11, 2011 at 8:43 pm
  • Paula Reply

    Being a cancer suivvror has had a great meaning to me. When I was diagnosed, I was only given 3 to 5 years to live. Then a miracle happened. I was diagnosed in 1999. In 2001, they put Gleevec on the market, which was only used for my kind of leukemia, Chronic Mylogenous Leukemia (CML). It has now been 11 years since I was diagnosed. Since then, I have gotten to see 15 great-grandchildren born. I joined Team In Training as an honoree and met some wonderful people who work hard to raise money for blood cancer research. I also met a personal friend who had leukemia as well who mentored me and gave me hope. I thank everybody at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society who have worked so hard to give a longer life to so many people. Thank you,Diane Kemsley

    October 29, 2014 at 6:31 am

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