I know this sounds vain but when they said I had cancer at some point it crossed my mind soon after diagnosis that I might lose some weight. It was just something to joke about you know to keep me sane when I was scared of dying.
Ooh I’m going to lose weight and get a new pair of boobs – eat your heart out Barbie.
Anyway me, (the girl who googles everything) recoiled in horror at the search engine results
Breast cancer WEIGHT GAIN
For fuck sake! You couldn’t make it up. I got the Fat cancer! Now I was never skinny. Normal size 12 , under 10 stone, but certainly not big.
I read that they don’t know why we put on weight during chemo, but apparently it slows your metabolism down to literally nothing.
Throw in tamoxifen which I take every day which block oestrogen from your breasts (I think) and not withstanding chemo induced menopause overnight and that adds to a fair few pounds. 25 in fact!
*hoping menopause is just temporary and I will resume functioning as a 34 yr old woman should soon* 😦
25 bloody pounds in 8 months, and it all went on over a few weeks. I now have a bottom to rival Kim Kardashians.
It’s not even like I ate more or I had a baby to show at the end of it nope – just The Fat cancer.
Everyone says well at least you’re alive, go easy on yourself. Yes I know that’s true thank you, but if it’s all the same with you I’d quite like to have my old body back and have a scar/fat free body like you.
So now I’m trying to get the weight off as weight gain is not great for survivors. But I expect it to be slow
What’s your experience of weight gain with breast cancer and have you managed to lose any weight?