Feeling whole body tiredness or weakness, lacking energy (fatigue) and being exhausted mentally or emotionally are some of the most common and often the most debilitating side effect of chemotherapy.
Cancer-related fatigue is different from everyday tiredness and can happen suddenly. Normally when you feel tired you get some sleep and wake up feeling refreshed and okay. Resting does not always help and you can feel exhausted even after sleep.
Pace yourself and prioritize. It is a good idea to put your well-being first and set small, manageable goals. Plan your day to include rest times.
We have included in Kit a journal to keep a record of your energy levels to see if part of the day is better than others.
You may find it hard to explain your fatigue to friends and family but discuss it with your Medical team, they may be able to help.
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