I can't really say how frustrating it is trying to get back in shape after all this. My Dr will remind me, of course, that it has only been a year since the stem cell transplant and it can take up to 2 years to fully recover. There are other things that need to heal as well. I have a compressed bulging disk at L4-L5 that has an "annular tear". I have what is called a Schmorl's rupture at T3. That is where the disk has ruptured up into the vertebrae above it instead of to the side. I've read that it is not uncommon. Then there are the holes in the vertebrae at T3, T10, T11, T12 that will take another year or so to fully recalcify.
So all that added up equals slow going on my workouts. I am sticking to 2 sets of 12 reps for now on all exercises. I seem to be able to tolerate that well with at least 2 days off in betweeen. The first day after I am completely exhausted and it's hard to get anything done. I have been meeting my walking goal of 4000 steps pretty much every day. I've lost a lot of muscle and gained a lot of weight, so that's my motivation to keep pushing.