It was severe anemia that led to my diagnosis (It got so I could hardly walk a few feet without getting winded), so I was given a couple of blood transfusions at the ER, which helped a lot. On my family doctor's orders, I also started to take iron tablets. After surgery, I had a bleed at the incision which lasted a few days, so I was given another couple of transfusions. I continued to take iron tablets for a while after chemo, but discontinued when I felt like I was back to normal (and so was my blood count).
Chemo also make me weak, low energy and out of breath at times, but not as bad as when I was severely anemic.
Maybe bumping up your iron-rich foods would also help, but let your doctor know how you have been feeling - there maybe something else that can help you. Good Luck!
May 2015 right hemi CC cecum
removed terminal ileum, illeocecal valve, appendix, cecum, ascending colon, omentum
stage 3b T3 N1b MX 2/27 nodes (isolated tumour cells in 1 add'l node)
PNI - positive
LVI - positive
Folfox 12 sessions (without oxi for 11 & 12)
Neulasta with 3-12 due to low WBC count
CEA at diagnosis 8.6
CEA after surgery 1.2
CEA during chemo 4.6 / 3.3 / 2.3
CEA after chemo 1.5 / 1.2 / 1.2 /1.2 /1.2 / 1.4 / 1.1 / 1.2 / 1.9 / 1.3 / 1.6 /1.4 /1.5