I had the first regular appointment with the oncologist today before chemo. When she asked how I’m doing, I proudly related how I’d been on a gentle hike/walk, jumped into an icy river, attended a pilates class, a yoga class and walked a 6km route.
She reprimanded me and I felt deflated.
She explained that unlike the way antibiotics fight a foreign body / infection, this chemo is attacking my own DNA. My being so active stresses my system and compromises my strength / healing dramatically.
Today was the start of cycle 2 of 6 and she’s increased the dosage to the maximum strength I can take (based on my height and weight). If I can manage activity (even at the lowest levels because I certainly am not up to what I was capable of before), why shouldn’t I do it?! #stubbornass