How does CRF affect you? You may feel very
tired, and have an overall feeling of weakness in your body. You may find day to day activities
harder to do or that you are tired after a small amount of work and you have to rest.
You may not feel as motivated or driven to do daily tasks.
Feeling tired may make it hard to focus and remember things. You may find it harder to
do several tasks at one time. Cancer related fatigue can also make it hard for you to return
to work. If you are unable to go back to work, it may add to your financial stress.
Some people may also have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep.
Mental fatigue may change how you feel about things and people. You may feel overly emotional.
You may not have the same level of patience that you did before, and little things may
tick you off. You may feel more frustrated that your energy
level has not come back to normal after cancer treatment has finished.
When you look at how physical and mental fatigue can affect your quality of life, it can feel
like an endless cycle. When you feel more tired, you are less likely to be active and
feel that you need more rest. In turn, not being able to do your normal
activities may make you feel like you are not filling your roles and responsibilities
whether it is work, household chores, taking care of loved ones, or getting together with
friends. This can all lead to you feeling stressed and not happy with yourself.
This also reminds us how much fatigue affects our life and that it is important to address
it and find ways to reclaim your energy.