Suggestions to relieve depression, fatigue?


Question from MelindaB: My cancer is going away, but I'm still awfully depressed. It seems like this stuff never ends. I know much of this depression is from the fever, low white counts, hospital stays.. I have so much to be thankful for, but I'm so tired of fighting. I would just like a time of rest when I felt good. Any suggestions?
Answers - Marisa Weiss, M.D. You yourself said that you need to take time out to heal. I think that the fatigue and the "not feeling like yourself" will linger but eventually resolve over a time that is at least as long as your treatment took. If your treatment took eight months, I think it takes at least eight months to feel like yourself again.

Give yourself credit for all that you have been through. Take confidence in the effective treatment that you've had. Reach out to people you care about, and find a support group or an individual therapist that can help ease your down times. It is the connection to people you care about, places that are beautiful or meaningful, information that's hopeful, and a caring team of doctors and nurses that will be invaluable to you. And very importantly, don't expect too much of yourself. Try to head in the right direction, but understand that you may not feel better and better every day. Some days will be good, some days will be very good, some days will be difficult. Recovery can feel like a bumpy road. All of the things that you have said are very normal. And all of us wish you that you will feel yourself and begin to enjoy your life again, sooner than later.

On Wednesday, June 14, 2000, our Ask-the-Expert Online Conference was called Easing Breast Cancer Fears. Marisa Weiss, M.D. answered your questions about managing emotional effects of breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of Breastcancer.org. A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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