What do you do, when your favourite place is also your absolute worst? When I remember having cancer I am always in one of two places. One (as you would expect) is the hospital, the other is in bed at home. Both were accompanied by dark emotions of fear, anxiety and discomfort -- physical and [...]
Well that was NOT part of the plan when my family and I decided to go on a dream family holiday to Mauritius! My husband and I worked, saved and planned for months. We were so excited to finally be going and once there, it was as close to paradise as I could have hoped. We [...]
There is a time in every cancer survivors year when a dreaded day (or two...) comes around. They are of course the dreaded check-ups! I remember the first time I had to go back for a check up, pushing back the tears as I arrived the hospital. The familiar sights and smells… immediately I felt like [...]
Just to be extremely clear, fatigue is not the same as being really, really, really, tired. It is more than that, and takes hold of your whole being, physically and mentally. Anyone who has had children will probably know what I am talking about, right? But it's permanent. Fatigue takes a toll both physically and [...]
One of the best things about putting 'visiting Spa's' on my Anti-Bucket List is getting to do one of my favourite things…. visit spa's! Last weekend I had the complete joy of visiting a new spa near Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire, at Hartwell House Hotel with my lovely friend L.J. Ross. The old manor house has been turned [...]
Today was a landmark day. My first run in a year - and when I say year, I mean - a year ago I jogged a couple of times, not a year ago I was entering marathons - just want to be clear! But in attempt to be 'Fit and Fabulous', excuses finished, I'm getting [...]
Oh my gosh, this is exactly how I feel. In a way I am relieved it’s an actual thing & not me going mad. I have said so many times this is more than ‘being tired’ and it’s not to do with being a busy mum. It is all encompassing & mental as well as physical.
It is also true that rest doesn’t usually help but your not able to do anything either, even think clearly, so your left in a very strange & uncomfortable place.
Fatigue is one of those issues that many people living with cancer experience, but that few discuss and even fewer understand. At Shine, we know that fatigue often lasts far longer than the period when everyone expects you to be ill – if you’ve finished your treatment, friends and family often expect you to be back to normal relatively soon. And if you’re living with a chronic cancer, you might not look ill or tired, making it even more tricky to explain to people exactly why you feel so wiped out.
In this week’s blog, Sam shares her experiences of coping with fatigue, the impact is has, and how she is coping. Please share this if you can – the more people understand how tiring cancer is the better!
Guest blogger: Sam Reynolds
The first virtue in a soldier is endurance of fatigue; courage is only the second virtue.
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