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My Long Term Side Effects After Chemo

It’s now been three years since I finished my last chemo and I still find myself blaming chemo for specific nuances in my life. People around me, especially people I met after my rendezvous with cancer, think that I am just a normal healthy person with a HISTORY of illness. I may be cancer free and relatively healthy in regards to the fact that, yes I did have cancer three years ago, but I don’t really consider myself “healthy”. Cancer gave me many gifts. Some gifts that I will cherish and some that I will dread- like the long term side effects I share with you in the video below.

I am learning to thrive through these side effects and learn to embrace my new normal and cherish the fact that I do have life and breath, even though it may be short sometimes. I do sincerely think that it is important to emphasize what Life After Cancer looks like, in all the positive and ’negative’ ways. It may look different for each and every one of us but here is what it mostly looks like for me in regards to long term side effects.

Do you experience long term side effects as well? Please share them below, so we can bond over our “health” and how we embrace and overcome each gift cancer has given us.

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Comments

  • cccotas
    2 weeks ago

    I too have many of the side effects you mention in your video. I also have lost fingernails and toenails and had some complications of Raynaud’s. I am so sorry that you have to deal with this as a young person. I had treatment over ten years ago and have an indolent incurable cancer but I am old. Be strong, it gets better.

  • Racheli Alkobey moderator author
    2 weeks ago

    Thank you so much for sharing!I will think of you and hope that you stay strong as well <3

  • Ann Harper moderator
    2 weeks ago

    I was able to watch your video today and am so sorry you have so many residual side effects. My daughter also experienced many of the same things. Thank you for sharing this video. This is really good information to pass on to everyone because sometimes the doctors don’t understand or see it as an effect from the chemo.

  • Ann Harper moderator
    3 weeks ago

    I wasn’t able to view your video. Maybe it’s my wifi. I’ll try again tomorrow.

    Cancer does leave us with gifts. I found a healthful way of living and am so grateful. I’ve made nice connections and learned a lot about things I never wanted to know. I also have more patience for things.

    I too have side effects, but I guess that goes with the territory. I’m sure I’ll live with them as long ad i have to live with my cancer, but I’m living si I’ll take it!

  • Racheli Alkobey moderator author
    2 weeks ago

    I agree! There are many gifts and the effects definitely come with the territory. I’m just happy to be alive 🙂

  • Ann Harper moderator
    6 days ago

    So glad for you.

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