Hanging on to Fitness and a Few Strands of Hair Through Breast Cancer Treatment

I am a Medical Oncologist, a wife, a mother of 4, runner of 12 marathons training to run my 13th with a goal to qualify for Boston when the diagnosis of breast cancer caused a significant detour in my well-planned life. When I asked for guidance on how to continue to stay fit while receiving treatment, I received blank stares and found little data. While I never intended to be in this experiment, I find myself now generating my own data about fitness through the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. I am writing this in hopes to help others who find themselves in this same situation.


First Post Chemo Run

It is 2 days after my first chemotherapy. I don’t feel horrible. I don’t feel normal, but it is hard to describe exactly how I feel. Some of this is that I feel like I am at the edge of my seat waiting for the bad stuff to happen. I am overanalyzing every new symptom. But I can say that I have not had nausea. The dexamethasone which is given to prevent nausea, is making it hard to sleep, but I feel very alert and energetic.

I went for a run today. It was only 1.5 miles, but I wanted to see how it felt. I took it nice and easy and it felt fine. I plan to continue running and just listening to my body to give me guidance. I will continue to look for expert guidance as well.

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