Why is Cancer Fatigue so debilitating?


No Half Measures

When I was diagnosed with Stage IV Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC) in 2017, I thought I knew what fatigue was. I’ve powered through many nights of none or little sleep in my life, through graduate school, through starting a business that occupied every waking moment, through two pregnancies, and two children while managing said business.

Boy was I wrong.

My first treatment, when we though I was Stage II for a brief time, was IV chemo. Adriamycin and cytoxin were pretty rough on me physically — there’s a reason the former is nicknamed the “red devil.” For the very first time in my life, I couldn’t just power through and I’d litigated through walking pneumonia, which is not smart, by the way. Anyway, during chemo, I couldn’t get out of bed, I had debilitating headaches, I was miserable. Things got better between treatments (every other week) and then I was…

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About Jonathan Caswell

Poet, author, servant of God the Heavenly father and the Lord Jesus Christ...working out his salvation with fear and trembling. - Not trusting in his own deeds, but depending totally upon the finished sacrificial work of Jesus Christ to be, by God's reckoning, a new creature, clothed in Christ's righteousness...which mortal humankind can never attain by their own weak efforts, apart from faith in Christ's work on our behalf. - College-educated, yet wise enough to see that what a man does will not be his ultimate identity nor affect how God sees him or her. - Called by God to do a very difficult thing...apart from God's grace, mercy and strength...to love the sinner (which we all--by nature--are) but hate the sin, which is only paid through Christ, God's Son, - My own God-given gift is that of being a Poet..showing that in all parts of life...God has a loving part in it...as hard as that is to always understand or perceive...given life's realities! Come join me on my journey of discovery?.

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