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Did anyone workout while in active treatment and if so how did working out while in active treatment make you feel?

  1. I didn't go to the gym and pump a lot of weights, jog 25 miles then went to the lake and swim 25 laps back and forth. But I did do a lot of walking to make sure I kept my body active. I wanted my body to work at getting all that poison out of my body naturally, and keep my body tone as much as possible. In my first round of chemo, at the hospital started giving me belly shots of blood thinners to make sure I didn't get blood clots in my legs. Because all this was new to me, I didn't do a whole lot of moving around. So they started with the belly shots. They hurt like heck and hour after getting them. Then it was twice a day. I asked doc how I can stop them , because after a couple days of that, my tummy muscles were hurting bad and bruised. Doc told me to get up and get to walking the floor. I could leave my room, but not the floor. Well, that was a lot of space for me. So I walked. ALOT!! All that walking helped a lot with my appetite and not throwing up though I was receiving drastic and aggressive chemo. So, I kept walking. No more belly shots. Shane

    1. Yes! 💪🏾💪🏾💪🏾I stayed very active too! When my bone marrow transplant happened my physical level went down to walking 🚶🏾‍♀️ but staying active helped tremendously. you stayed really active too! #teamstayactive‼️Im glad you don’t have to do the belly shots anymore ❤️‍🩹🫶🏾💞🐼

      1. Yep, no issues but very cognizant of my limitations. Best!

        1. Yes, limitations. With all these meds I've been taking for all the chemo I've had, for the SCT, anti-rejection meds, graft v host meds, steroids...steroids for this, steroids for that, an this, and that......OMG!!! Quit adding pills for whatever!!! Never took meds all my life unless I just absolutely had to just in case I got sick. That way the meds would work. Guess what? I got sick (AML) and now I got a pharmacy for meds litterly. But with all that's taken place, I was a 210 pound solid hulkster tossing transmissions around the shop like pillows. In three years, the chemo killed the muscle and strength, and the meds and steroids put me to 299 pounds making me look like the Pillsbury doughboy making everything I do difficult and have limitations in what I can do. Believe me, I don't like it. I'm very grateful I'm still alive after being the walking dead with AML, but it didn't have to be mean about the end results of saving Shane

          1. I hear you Shane . I was put on steroids for a returning prostate cancer a few years ago and YES like you am happy to be alive. That said I went from riding a bike 25+ miles several times a week and weighing 168 lbs to 198 lbs in a matter of weeks. I now have pants collection that no longer fit. The gain was unreal. I also suffered with hot flashes and emotional outbursts for no apparent reason. The steroid I received was a so called 6 month shot that in my body lasted 14 months - Great fun is not an expression I would use to describe my experiences. Its was not until i was off the drug was I able to lose weight and not cry at the drop of a hat when a stray ant died on the lawn. Drugs are great and do the job intended it is just a shame the also do a job on you --- emotionally, mentally and physically not to mention the large dents they leave in our wallets. Hang in there. Dennis ( TEAM)

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