I came across this group just a few days ago and wish I’d joined earlier (better late then never though).
I was diagnosed with Stage 2 BC end Jan 22 and now halfway through AX-Taxel chemo (8 weeks AC + 12 weeks Docetaxel). This will be followed by surgery (most likely a single masectomy) and radiotherapy. I’m in my early 40s with on family history (I’ve now learnt that has no bearing) so was quite a shock. It’s been tough going through chemo and whilst I am grateful to have a loving family and close friends with me on this, I miss being part of a support group of others going through this that really understand what I’m going through and I really miss having a bit of a social life which wld help provide some cheer during this period.
I generally avoid mixing with others indoors but with the weather this isn’t always possible. Perhaps co-incidentally, when I happen to have met friends at indoor public places or enjoyed a cautious staycation, I have had my subsequent chemo sessions postponed due to low neutrophils + covid infection. This has happened on three occasions.
My chemo today was postponed and I’m still feeling quite teary about it esp as for me each delayed chemo cycle prolongs my chemo end date It is also the jubilee bank hol wknd…I have 2 sets of theatre tickets to long awaited shows I was excited about. Also planned to see friends but now concerned that I’ll have to stay in to avoid picking up anything (not just covid) that might risk my next treatment being postponed again.
I am now on Docetaxel, being administered weekly (on a Thurs). I am generally ‘okay’ thereafter though still managing fatigue (albeit milder than it was on Adriamycin).
Am I being too cautious? How are you maintaining some sort of social life during this period?
Thanks for reading.