Fatigue and lymphoma: Martin's story
Cancer-related fatigue is significant physical, emotional or mental exhaustion that’s not proportional to recent activity. It doesn’t feel the same as normal tiredness after working hard or exercising: it’s much more troublesome and it doesn’t necessarily go away after rest or sleep.
Martin, diagnosed with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) in 2015, talks about how his life has been affected by cancer-related fatigue. Martin experienced fatigue as an initial symptom of his lymphoma, during chemotherapy, and after his treatment finished. In this video, he describes how this felt for him and talks through some of the ways he coped with it. The film touches on subjects like family life and returning to work.
During and after cancer treatment fatigue is one of the things that patients and their families find hardest to deal with. Little support can be given medically to help so it is often down to the patient to find his or her own way of coping with this difficult side effect. Fatigue can be incredibly isolating as it is not well understood by those outside the cancer community, therefore we designed this film to offer an inside view to friends and family of what fatigue feels like, and to give support and reassurance to those experiencing it themselves.
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