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Fran- I feel you on the cheeks thing! Hang in there. 1 step in front of the other and try to remember how blesd we are to be able to take that step. I also had high doses of prednisone for my kidney problems (transplant medicines caused NHL). So, the prednisone has been an issue for over 20 years. I wouldn't know how to act without chipmunk cheeks. But in all seriousness, they are rights. Try to remember WIN - what is important now. And, that is definitely trying to get your strength back and tolerate whatever treatment is required. I have always thought that the person that came up with "that which does not kill you makes you stronger" apparently never had to go through chemotherapy :(
Thanks so much ladies for you advice. I am forced to only be able to concentrate on getting stronger. I am doing more protein. I was avoiding carbs but I really should reevaluate that. All the veggies have to be cooked, no raw right now. I miss salads. I gained 5 lbs in just 3 days and I know that is the fluid from the predisone. But it doesn't make my clothes feel any better to know that! haha
Keeping a sense of humor has gotten me through some tough days. My cheeks are so bloated (both sets!!) that I see my cheeks whenever I look straight ahead, a chipmunk look. Silly
I hope you all have a great day.
I agree with Mrs Avery. Concentrate on gaining strength and energy, most of the calories you are eating are keeping your heart beating and your lungs breathing. I have yet to have R-CHOP but have had the problem of gaining weight. I was gaining a kilo or more every day. It proved to be water retention. Eat well and healthy and maybe you can try armchair exercises to help gain strength. You need all the nutrients you can eat to recover. I was advised by the hospital nutritionist to have a high protein and high carb diet, veggies and fruit are packed with carbs.
Also concentrate on your self-esteem and keeping it high.
You Can Handle It
In my opinion, gaining strength should be your first priority. The treatment tajes so much out of bodies that we are just weakened to a pulp.
Diet us important to to heal. So eat lots offresh vegetables and proteins. And start exercising as quick as you can, even if that means all you can do is walk to and from the bathroom. Do it. Add a little more each day and watch your strength come back.
I was in treatment for a whole year, R-CHOP, RICE, Zevalin, and BEAM. I didn't gain weight during it, but I did immediately after. I'm now working on getting it off.
~~ Ellie from Ridgecrest, CA
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Yogi I finished R-CVP in Jan and gained 25 lbs. As I was beginning to tackle getting that off very slowly I found out on May 6 my fNHL had transformed into DLBCL in my pancreas. After months of testing I started R-CHOP July 29 and will followup with radiation. Now the weight is starting to come back on, darn preds. The only thing I know to do to try to hold the weight down this time and hopefully get that old 25 off is tracking my foods. I'm so weak right now that doing much exercise isn't working.
The oncology nurses all tell me that a higher percentage of people gain weight on chemo than lose it. Lucky us! I lost 70 lbs in 2009 and kept it off until my first cancer treatment last Nov. 2010. Low carbs, no sugar, eating healthy sounds easy but not when you want to gnaw the wallpaper off the walls during those pred days. If you find the magic answer I'd sure appreciate you sharing it with us.
Hope you are feeling better these days. Fran
Hi! I finished RCHOP + radiation last July (and actually gained about 20 pounds in the process). Who gains weight on chemotherapy? Anyway, I am having trouble getting back on track, due to lack of energy and motivation. Anyone have hints?
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