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Posted by diana on June 09, 2000 at 21:38:23:

In Reply to: lymphoma-chemo-weak legs? posted by confused son on June 09, 2000 at 11:03:22:

: I'm hoping that someone can shed some light on this subject for me. My mother has non-hodgkins lymphoma and has now undergone two sets of chemo therapy. She is still awfully skinny looking and weighs now no more than 123 lbs or so. I wanted to know if what her doctor told her is truth, or if she is just telling me this to get me off her back about eating, etc.
: She has very weak legs now, saying that its caused by chemo? Is this true? Or could it be that she is just lying around doing nothing and has lost her muscle tone?
: She claims she's eating, but I really don't think she is that much. Told me the oncologist told her that she may never weigh more than 130lbs now, that cancer and chemo change your system. Is this true? I have my doubts on what she tells me.
: The sad part is that she has been given a very good prognosis, but I don't believe she is doing anything for herself, this is very disturbing. She told me that she can't exercise due to chemo, though chemo isn't making her sick. Funny isn't it? I believe some of this could be mental on her part, though I'm not sure.
: I just wanted to know if anyone else has heard of these types of things I've explained.
: Thank you for your time!
when my mother was undergoing chemo she sounded a lot like your mother. she was weak walking around and had no desire to eat. she was very tired also. some of it was the chemo, and some was depression. slowly she started to eat things she liked and got her appitete back. we also encouraged her to go on short walks evenif it was just to the grocery store. as she started to feel better she got her desire to do more. you cant force her. it will come with encouragement. let her eat whatever she wants. although preferably ensure or other high calorie things. drink whole milk.

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