In the first two years after treatment most ex-cancer patients lose their extreme tiredness. But for the ones who stay fatigued the burden will be less when they learn how to deal with less energy. In the past, the message was ‘listen to your body and learn to live with tiredness’. You still have to do that as getting exhausted is very bad. But now the message is also ‘stay active and keep your condition up’.Click on the titles to read more.
Look at yourself and find out what makes you tired. By observing closely you can recognise the symptoms of exhaustion. That makes it possible to stop in time and prevent it getting worse.
To prevent exhaustion you have to stop before the limit is reached. Acting the way you did before you fell ill is of no use.
Living with little energy asks for regularity and planning to prevent exhaustion. That counts for rising and going to bed, but also for eating, working and relaxing.
Just taking it easy is bad for your condition, because then your tiredness will be worse after every effort. That’s why tired people have to do sport and move. So walk, take the stairs, cycle and swim.
Not only your body but also your mind must get a boost from time to time. So don’t ration your social contacts and other nice things. Look for activities that don’t take too much energy and are still fun.