Patricia describes herself as a fit, 48 year old marathon runner. She experienced symptoms common to Pseudomyxoma Peritonei a few months ago. Six weeks ago she experienced CRS and HIPEC treatment. Her surgeon specialist has provided her with a good prognosis and expects her to make a full recovery. However, now, during the last week of December, and having had surgery in mid November, Patricia brings the following question to the PMP Pals’ Network:

“I am feeling frustrated with the recuperation process! Although my surgeon tells me I am making good progress, I thought I would be feeling more energetic by now! I am looking forward to resuming marathon running. When will I ever feel strong again?”

GG responds:

“Patricia, if you have been thoroughly examined by your healthcare provider(s) and it has been determined that your recuperation is progressing on schedule, then, it appears, the malaise you are experiencing is common. You experienced CRS and HIPEC only six weeks ago!

You are not alone in how you feel, especially at this time of the year. Patients often feel depressed while recuperating during the winter months. Most cancer patients are used to living active and productive lives, and many lack the patience to set aside several weeks, or even months, to recuperate from treatment. “Patients” need to exercise “patience!”

To be frank, your body has experienced the trauma of several hours of major surgery followed by HIPEC. The fact that you were in excellent physical condition pre op is to your advantage. Your pre op physical fitness training will serve you well! However, again being frank, at the age of 48 (and the mid forties are a common age to be diagnosed with this particular disease) our bodies don’t “bounce back” as quickly as they did when we were 19!

Browse through the photo galleries on our Couples and other Support Group pages on www.pmppals.org to see the smiling faces of other patients who have been in your shoes...the pix will give you something to look forward to!


In conclusion...

1) Be patient with yourself recovery,

2) Recognize that the post op recuperation discomfort is a temporary condition

3) Set goals for the coming year!

We are optimistic about your future!



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