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April 2018 Chemo Starters

Gygi
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Thanks Dorabel x thanks Michelle x lessons went really well but had to stay after school for ages to set up my cover for today. Arduous lol will need to do that tomorrow again for next week and not sleeping well. Michelle good luck for your new chemo, for the T I will have docetaxel with herceptin but mine starts cycle 4 this time is fec still. But like you I'm getting nervous. Keep telling myself it's another month away but I don't like the not knowing how it's going to be and trying to plan work etc. Ah well what will be will be.
So I'm off to get my bloods done today when all I want to do is go to sleep. Then will head back to school.
Saturday going to be done in will be snoozing watching the royal wedding and FA cup in between Netflix lol. Have a lovely day if you can Gigi
Michelle21
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Hope you’re feeling ok today Dorabel, you are right brooding on things doesn’t change what happened and rarely makes us feel any better. I do love your comment about having to live in colour!
How was your day Gigi? Hope work wasn’t too stressful. Yes I am having my bloods done tomorrow and a chat with the oncologist. I’m looking forward to seeing her as this time I have lots of questions to ask. Hopefully the response will leave me feeling positive about the future.
I start on Taxotere on Friday. I am a bit nervous about this. I guess because it is something new again but also because some people seem to find it harder and risk of infection seems to be greater. Although I guess that could just be because our bodies get more run down the further down the chemo rabbit hole we go! Sorry I don’t mean to sound negative, just a bit worried. Also I am starting with herceptin and Perjeta tomorrow, which I am pleased about but it does mean I will be in for about 6 hours, that’s a long day!
On the plus side this will be chemo 3, another one to tick off!
I hope everyone is coping ok and enjoying the sun x
Dorabel
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Thanks, Gygi.  I wouldn’t say the last few days have been fun but now that they are over, they are already receding into the past.  I can tend to brood on things but that has stopped now.  Even last night, when I didn’t fall asleep for a long time (this was the same with the previous chemo) I wasn’t going over any of what had happened.  I’m glad about this.  Perhaps my mind knows what it doesn’t need to do.

 

I hope your day is not too hard, given that it is a full day and your temperature dipped yesterday.  Walking the dog with a friend after work, now that sounds good and so do the flamingo glasses!

Gygi
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Morning everyone hope you all have a good day. Sorry to hear how hard it has been for you Dorabel hope you have a good rest day today. I had a lovely weekend we took the dog out to a lovely wood and I did some retail therapy (pink flamingo glasses) but I didn't sleep at all Sunday night and my temp was low si didn't go to work yesterday. In the afternoon had an appointment with plastics and that went really well. She said how good I looked including my new short hair! Seeing them September to talk nipple and symmetry! Off to work today it will be hard as I have a full day. After work a friend is coming over and we are going to walk the dog together. Michelle have you got bloods tomorrow like me? Take care everyone Gigix
Dorabel
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Thank you, Michelle.  I really appreciate your kind messages.  While A&E is a grim place, with people in a far worse situation than mine, I was glad to be there.  The care was excellent & it worked.  Chemo went ok, though I left without a picc line cover (the nurse &I forgot).  I’ll improvise my own.

 

Having my head shaved didn’t upset me at all.  I guess it was a way of taking control.  I have had some great conversations with fellow cancer patients.  Today I was next to a lady in mauve jeans.  I looked at my pink ones & we agreed we just had to live in colour.

Michelle21
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Oh Dorabel that’s sounds terrible, the infections and the parking. So glad you got checked out. A warning to us all to be vigilant.
Good news that you still managed to have chemo today, I completely understand where you are coming from not wanting any delays.
Glad you are home safe, put your feet up and relax xx
Dorabel
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Hi all

 

I've enjoyed following the posts but it’s been a bit of runaraound since yesterday.  I ended up in A&E in the middle of the night as what I’d told myself was hay fever was a nasty bacterial infection.  The hardest bit was trying to get the badly-lit parking machine to take my card.  I tried 3 different machines and couldn’t make them work.  The doctor said my heart rate was high - no surprise, I was stressed out of my head!

 

Despite all the antibiotics, I still got chemo today.  I’m glad because I don’t want this to drag out any longer than it has to.  Finally got my head properly shaved.  Such a relief as I was fed up with dropping hair all over the place, including in my food.

 

Tired & glad to be home.

 

xx

 

Michelle21
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Oh dear Dorabel that must have been scary and I don’t blame you not wanting to go to A & E especially on a Saturday night, hope you are better for today.
Although my hair is constantly shedding it does seem to fall out more in cycles. I have found it is in the last few days of a cycle that it really goes so bracing myself for that soon. I am going to use the cold cap again this time and see how much hair is left for the next cycle. I am also steering clear of sun roofs!
I had a very busy and sociable weekend. I went to a friends surprise 50th party on Saturday. It was so good to be out and socialising even though I was a bit paranoid about people touching me and I didn’t eat the buffet! On Sunday we went to friends for lunch which again was good to be out chatting with friends and laughing. I think it did my husband the world of good too. It is so true that we must keep a sense of humour with all this.
My mum is. I’m ing to stay today for a few days. It’s the first time I have seen her since I have been diagnosed so I think there will be lots of talking to do.
Fiona re holidays I haven’t looked into which resorts to stay at yet still deciding on countries! I’ve recorded a programme on the orangutans this week so looking forward to watching that!
Gigi - how did the ofsted inspection go? Or are they still there? Are you feeling ok for Friday?
It seems like a few of us are keen to meet up so that’s something to look forward to. Although I still have surgery and radiotherapy to go through so a while until the end of treatment, but I’ll travel to anywhere afterwards!
Have a good day everyone x
wildshell
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Evening everyone. Dorabel I giggled about your hair mine has started coming out and today went to York.My boyfriend put car windows down I told him to shut them because my hair will blow out haha.My 2nd chemo is Thursday .Im in Sheffield if anyone lives there would love to meet up .

MrsPardaeva
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And I should have added that I also think it would be lovely to meet once we're through this... I'm in East London.
MrsPardaeva
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Dorabel, so pleased that your temp is back down. That must have been a bit scary. The hope you're feeling better now. I think your comment is spot on. Just feeling better feels great... I feel I turned my R2 week 1 corner on Fri and just feeling like myself again feels amazing! I had my hair chopped really short on Friday and surprisingly I love it so I'll have a nice short cut for a few weeks at least until it all goes.
Your hair cutting with the bikini trimmer made me laugh, the situations we end up in through this! At least youre keeping your humour about it, vital I find hope you're all having a good day ladies ...xx
Dorabel
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Thanks Michelle.  I think I’m still ok for chemo 2 on Monday.  I’ve had a bit of a scare with what I thought was hay fever but which turned into a nasty cough with raised temperature (close to the 37.5 x 2 but not quite there).  I really didn’t want to go to A&E on a Saturday night.  Better today, temperature down.

 

With regard to self-injecting, I was terrified of this at first and the District Nurse did it for me.  When I finally made myself do it, it was nothing much and I’m happy to self-inject whenever it is needed.  I was injecting Filgrastim for white blood cells and did get aching joints for a while.

 

I tried to shave my hair with an electric bikini-line trimmer.  Useless!  It just chopped off a few bits here and there.  I had to laugh.  I’m wearing a cap just to stop hair falling on everything; there will soon be nothing left to shave.

 

The thing about having cancer is that just feeling a bit better feels wonderful.

Linda Corinne
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Hey,
I am in the May 18 chemo starters group but as on the 2nd i look at April too. I live in Wellington Somerset so near to you Trisha69. Do you know others in this area?
Michelle21
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Thanks Christine that is very useful. Although some of it is common sense there are more than a few things that I hadn’t thought of.
Christine Rim
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This was the advise that i received this week which is general but covers a number of things we have all talked about. 

Christine Rim
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Gygi
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Gygi
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Thanks Trish I took have a wig already. Yes it would be lovely to meet one day. Yesterday I had lunch with a friend I made from a bc group. We realised we are having very similar treatment (I'm a little ahead of her) and we live near each other and every started off with the same consultant. We went cafe rouge and had a lovely time.
Michelle21
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Thanks Trish, I already have a wig and have decided to stick with my usual brown locks! What a shame you can’t make the meet up of your group. I suppose it is impossible to get a date everyone can do. I am loving that we have the April thread, everyone here is so supportive of each other and we can say stuff that perhaps we wouldn’t want to say to friends/family. It is also interesting reading everyone else’s treatments/side effects to see if I am ‘normal!’
It would be great if when our group is through this that we could all meet up!
I wish you all the best Trish x
Michelle21
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Hello!
Yes it is interesting the different advice and treatments given. I was told to carry on living as normally as possible and told the phrase it has to live with you not you live with it. Having said that I have become a little paranoid about certain things, I avoid supermarkets and busy shops, just touching money for a few seconds has me reaching for the hand sanitizer and I have replaced all of the hand soaps in the house for anti bacterial. But I still attend my choir 2 our if the 3 week cycles and that is a room full of people and all their germs! I have also been to the cinema but it was pretty empty so intend to do that regularly.
With regard to white blood cells, like Fiona I have an injection the day after chemo which I could give to myself if I wasn’t such a wimp! So my daughter or friend does it. It makes me achy for a few days but it’s not unbearable.
I went to a meeting of a local breast cancer charity that I found online yesterday. I was a bit disappointed when I first arrived as everyone looked about 15 years older than me, however once we sat down and I chatted to a few it was good. Most of them had had bc over 5 years ago but in a way that made me feel hopeful about my future. Even though since having bc everyone I speak to seems to quote someone they know who has recovered from it I don’t know anyone who has been through this. They also walk once a week and more people turn up for that who are having treatment so I might try and get along for that one week.
I bought a brilliant cookbook this week. It is the Royal Marsden Cancer Cookbook. It has loads of great advice not just about different nutrients but recipes which are high/low energy, for if you are nauseaous or have a poor appetite and for sore mouths. My next cycle of chemo is T and as Gigi says that is the one that weakens the taste buds which makes you want to eat less however this can impact on fatigue so I really want to do all I can to keep myself eating!
I’m going to friends 50th birthday party tonight (another room full of people and their germs). I am looking forward to it but I woke up ridiculously early, think I’ll have to have a snooze later I think!
Dorabel- Good luck with Monday x
Trisha69
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Trisha69
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Ladies. I am from May 2017 group. Has been of tremendous support and I wish you all well on this horrid journey that fell upon us.
Any group are in fact meeting up today in London!! Unfortunately I can't make it tho. I lost my hair and bought a wig and have tried to sell it with a percentage to go to Breast Cancer Care. It's blonde straight and just past shoulders. Have shampoo conditioner little hat's etc so if anyone interested you would be welcome. Just pay the postage. I am in Axminster Devon if any of you are local. Sending you all super big hugs xx
NoahandWillsMummy
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It's interesting how differently we're advised/treated even on similar regimes, isn't it?
I'm on FEC and have to do daily GCSF injections from day 3 to 9 to boost my bone marrow. They seemed to do the trick.
I've been to the cinema when it's quiet. As long as we minimise risk with good hygiene I'd think it's ok.
Gygi
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Hi Linda I guess you need to follow their advice but I was told that going to the cinema in a matinee when it is quiet would be fine, then my oncologist said I could work. I'm a teacher in a school just have really good hygiene hand washing etc. The second week is the lowest your immune system is which is the week just gone for me so next week I'm planning a cinema trip and going out to dinner to celebrate my daughter's birthday. Then chemo on the Friday which is my daughter's birthday. As for injections I will have to learn to give them myself for the T (not looking forward to that at all) The injections apparently keep your immune system up. They talked to me about it last time I went to check bloods. Wildshell for one of my surgeries I wasn't able to shower and get my underarm wet so I wore a black bin bag lol what do you think? X
wildshell
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Hi everyone I’ve had a busy week.Getting jobs done before chemo 2on Thursday.Had My stitches out today on my Hickman line, the nurse said I can shower just put cling film around my Breast haha I tried didn’t work so just baths to the waist for me.My hair has started falling out my daughter cried which upset me loads. The only time this has got to me.Been a strange day.Hope everyone has a good weekend.

Christine Rim
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Hi Sally

i haven't had that problem this time but 19 years ago i did and had injection daily i think for the four days before chemo. they were a bit uncomfortable going in but other than that there was a small amount of joint/bone pain. i don't remember it being a big problem. things may have changed so someone with more up to date information may post a better reply.

Good luck   

MrsPardaeva
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HI Sally I'm not sure it's the same but I've been given a white blood cell booster the day after both my EC rounds. The only side effect has been that limbs felt a bit achy but it passed within a few days but nothing more that some ibuprofen didn't take the edge off. Hope it helps get you back on track x
sally65
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Hi after my last chemo (no2) they reported that my white cell count was low so they prescribed some injections. Has any one had them? were the any side effects?

 

Thanks Sally

Linda Corinne
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I am from May chemo starters. I was told not to go where there are people in an enclosed space so not sure if I will be going to the cinema for a while.
Gygi
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Morning all,
my day off today and it's sunny! In bed with a cup of tea. Washing on already. That's what happens when you have a partner on shift work lol. Feeling v rested after a bit of a week! Looking forward to today as meeting up with friends later. Christine good luck for chemo today hope it goes well. Fiona hope you like your new haircut. I feel 12 again. My new silk hairbands are lovely and hides the grey that is starts to peep through. Cooked a fab dinner last night. Lamb chops in baharat spices with a great salad. Wed when I go for my bloods going to pop into borough market and go get some new spices. Anyone got any recommendations. I think with the T tastebuds go a bit and spices can help but we shall see. Not there yet. I am so looking forward to my swing chair tonight as my present to myself for chemo arrived last night. Solar lights!!!! And a step planter. Going to buy some herbs and lavender. Lavender to keep flies out of the house and herbs for my taste buds. Bought some mint to make mint tea and parsley for fish tomorrow. Again if you have any recommendations? I received a lot of compliments from the girls at school this week about my hair but they are on to me a little. The year 10s are so fab! I love teaching them so much. Have warned them I will be off again and we've been deciding what they will do when I'm off. So unfortunately loads of planning to do this weekend ..For next week and then the week after. I wish my fec side effects were like yours Sarah seems like you are feeling ok? Hope that continues. Dorabel glad you were able to email and not go. People are so selfish and we need to be so careful with our "spoons" (article I read about saving our energy for when we need it) I'll see if I can find it.
Hope you all have a pleasant day. Take care Gigi
MrsPardaeva
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Hi Christine, I also had a mastectomy and immediate diep on 28 Feb and like Gigi I too have been very pleased. I'm 43 so was very worried about how it would look but mainly about the extent of the surgery, especially as you just only tend to find horror stories but my tummy scar has healed amazingly and my reconstructed breast looks great. I was very worried about it but so pleased. If I hadn't been referred unexpectedly for chemo after the mastectomy I think I'd be almost back to my pre cancer/surgery self!

Great news on the wig Sarah, so good to hear.
Michelle, are you thinking about Sepilok for the orangutans ? I went about 15 yrs ago and it was amazing!
Dorabel, I'm biting the bullet tomorrow and having it all cut off... Gigi, I'm not brave enough for your DIY approach..

Hope you've all had a good day, stay well. X
Dorabel
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Do hope things go well for you, Christine, and I hope the reconstructive surgery is a brilliant success.  You’re right: getting back some sort of normality is worth it.  Sending hugs.

 

I was badgered into agreeing to take on something I really didn’t want to do yesterday.  Explaining my cancer treatment didn’t help.  I weakly agreed but, thank goodness, later sent an email saying I’d changed my mind.  It’s the first time someone has ignored what I was saying about cancer - weird and upsetting but fixed now.

 

My hair is falling out in clumps now.  Time to shave my head.

 

The picc line must be an improvement on the cannula, Noah&Willsmum.  I asked for a picc from the start as I had been forewarned about cannula problems.  Chemo2 on Monday.  That’ll be another one down.

Christine Rim
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Absolutetly dreading going through the diep surgury and the long recovery but everyone seems to be pleased with their results. i had a mastectomy 17 years ago but didn't reconstruct due to other health problems taking priority. i was referred to a surgeon a year ago and approval was given for the single diep but the death of a close friend meant i wan't in the right mental state to go through it. obviosuly this was followed by cancer in the other breast and the choice of radiotherapy or a mastectomy. To minimize the chance of a recurrence i have opted for the mastectomy so went back toe the surgeon who said the double would be possible with only slight reduction in breast size. i do want to go back to being able to wear a normal bra again and feel more normal. i know there will be scars and i will not look like i was before but i am only 54 so i think it is worth the pain and discomfort to get some sort of normality back.   I did discuss the implant option but was told the old mastectomy skin that had undergone radiotherapy may not give a good a result and a number of procedures would be involved.

 

Its good to hear you are happy with your Gygi. I have seen some horror stories on here but we all know there is a risk.

 

And yes i am due to have herceptin after chemo but i understand it is three weekly by injection so shouldn't stop plans for a holiday.

 

Sun shining so far and i am off for my blood test now and chemo tomorrow.  

NoahandWillsMummy
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Hi everyone.
Glad you're all doing well.
Had my 2nd FEC on Tuesday and am feeling pretty good. A bit bleugh yesterday but nothing awful. They had huge problems getting a cannula in so I now have a PICC line in, which will make it all easier - just an extra hospital visit each week to get it flushed.
Also now have my wig and love it. It feels much more secure than I thought and I've had loads of compliments.
Gygi I can't even begin to imagine coping with Ofsted stress on top of all this, so hats off to you!
Enjoy your day everyone. Sarah xx
Gygi
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Hi everyone I had a mascetomy with immediate diep reconstruction on the 2nd Feb too. Got an appointment with my plastic surgeons (all women I love them so much!) on Monday to check progress. Hope you all have a lovely day.
Thanks Michelle can't wait till this afternoon although I love my classes today #lastworkingdayoftheweek
Michelle21
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Thanks Wildshell, it’s really helpful to known of other people’s experiences. Sorrry to hear this is the second time you are going through this horrible process x
wildshell
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hi Michelle I’ve had a mastectomy with reconstruction.I was scared at first because 1st time I had Breast cancer I had a full mastectomy.I feel great with my implant and have been told next yr I can have my other side done.

Michelle21
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So is that 7 weeks left of chemo? That doesn’t seem too long, you’re almost halfway through. 😀 I’m having a mastectomy too after chemo, but I don’t know about reconstruction yet as I haven’t spoken to anyone about it.

The amazon river sounds amazing, I haven’t been to South America, there is a lot to see there. I’m thinking of Borneo to an orangutan sanctuary and Vietnam. I don’t know when we will go because I’ll be on herceptin for 12 months starting next cycle so presumably after that.

Gigi - good luck with ofsted x
Christine Rim
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The plan is for 12 weeks of taxol but then i am due to have a mastectomy and diep reconstruction which will be a long recovery period..  

 

I too have been looking for an exotic break and my wish is to go on a cruise which includes the amazon river. It takes plave in January next year so we will wait and see. 

Michelle21
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It does feel good to get those jobs done around the house doesnt it Christine? And I’m with you all the way on planning a holiday for post treatment. I’ve already been thinking of places to go but as treatment goes on my holiday plans get more exotic and last for longer!
How many chemo cycles are you having Christine? X
Christine Rim
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Strangely on the same page as Michelle.  Today we had shutters put up on the windows in the lounge that have been on order since before i was diagnosed. all fitted and looks lovely now. a few more things need to be done to the house too.

 

Messaging a friend and she mentioned the importance of goals and i need to think beyond the treatment and i think that is a very good idea. set a plan for a holiday even if i can't book it at present.

 

5th Taxol due friday so counting it down. I felt great after the last treatment but then crashed on the Monday completely. I have heard the tiredness gets worse and hoping it doesn't get bad too quickly. Itchy arms the last day or so too.

 

Hope everyone is keeping well. 

Gygi
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Hi everyone thank you Fiona never made it to my lovely seat last night. We got the call at work and are currently in the middle of an Ofsted inspection. However am there tonight with my ever so delicious raspberry magnum. Fatigued but not defeated! Inspection continues tomorrow and then that's my working week done! Good you are getting all those jobs done Michelle. My partner works shifts and he gets up at 4.45 for next two weeks so I get up with him and did a washing load and hung it out before work. All dry! Oh and I decided to cut my hair into a shorter bob and he laughed at me coz I couldn't reach the back. Anyway he had a go and today I had so many complements! Didn't spend a penny! Have a nice evening!
Michelle21
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Hi! How is everyone doing? I’ll be entering week 3 on Friday and feeling ok now so hopefully that should continue. Im finding all of this to be as much of a mental game as a physical one. Trying to keep myself occupied and distracted from thinking about it all, ticking the days off my many calendar counters. I’m sure it’s the same for all of us, it never really leaves my thoughts as much as I am positive, upbeat and strong! My lastest brainwave to distract myself is the cinema. Yesterday I took myself off for a mid afternoon showing of The Greatest Showman. I was surprised when the lad on the desk said there were 12 people there, however when I walked in I could only see 3 others, admittedly it was dark! At the age of 47 it was the first time I have ever been to the cinema on my own and I have to say it was enjoyable and almost felt naughty to be there when everyone else is working! I’m planning to see the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society next week, perhaps I could start a new career as a film critic?! Today I’ve had the electrician here all day. That’s another thing about having this it’s spurred me and my husband on to do all those jobs around the house we have been putting off. One of the jobs for the electrician was to fix two outdoor lights that haven’t worked for about 3 years. It was pretty embarrassing when he changed the bulb they worked straight away!
Well that’s all from me, another couple of days ticked off. Hope everyone is good x
MrsPardaeva
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That's great news, Gigi.. have a super day and enjoy that swing in the sun this afternoon x
Gygi
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Morning everyone just to wish you a good day. My throat is better just sore lips now. Off to work and really looking forward to it but hope to get home early to chill on my favourite spot in the swing seat with an ice lolly. Have a good day x
Michelle21
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I forgot to mention I have had bits of blood in my nose when I blow, I asked my nurse and apparently that I normal.
I have also felt that my hands were a little shaky at time, not very noticeable, as if I’m a bit nervous.
There does seem to be a million little things that make up side effects doesn’t there?!
Hope everyone enjoyed the sunshine, my garden is looking less weedy and has some new flowers planted so hopefully i’ll be able to enjoy a beautiful display this summer. Another day ticked off! X
MrsPardaeva
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Thanks Christine, it's odd how we are impacted in similar but different ways but somehow reassuring in a strange way!
And please, moan away... I'm Sorry you've had a rubbish sleep, it really does seem to impact the whole day but maybe a nap in the afternoon might help? . I haven't been having nose problems but have been using antihistamine spray because of hay-fever so maybe that's helping.
I tend to wake with a headache on many days and have 2 paracetamol and a big drink of water and then go slow for 45 mins . The nurse suggested that it seems to be helping me anyway. I hope your day gets better Christine and maybe have this as a very slow day x

Michele, I pm'd you the full link if you're interested, it has further research detail .

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Michelle21
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Thanks for posting that article Fiona, it is right up my street! My Masters was in nutrition and physical activity. It’s not new to learn exercise gives mental health benefits but that it can actually improve side effects of treatment is amazing, a measurable physical benefit. I was surprised to find this was the first research led push for exercise to be included as part of treatment. I bet the study itself makes very interesting reading.

Glad you resisted jumping in the pond with the dog, not sure how the white bloods would cope with that!
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Christine Rim
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Good Morning

i haven't had the shakes in my arm but i have had the odd shake in my leg. i hadn't associated it with the chemo but it could be. there are a lot of odd one offs i have that i wonder about. i have noticed the odd drunk feeling a few days after chemo when i go for a walk and i feel i am not walking in a straight line. only lasts a few seconds and then back to normal until the following week.

 

i hadn't been told about the exercise thing but it does make sense. i have always been active and the last few months i have had less time and energy to get to the gym but i do still walk everywhere. it does make me feel more invigorated even if i do need a rest/nap later in the day. It feels easier to do something in the morning and see how the body reacts to it later.

 

i have had problems sleeping but a lot of the time it relates to problems with my nose. I have slight bleeds that seem to clog it up a bit and even though the oncologist has told me to use vaseline on a cotton bud to keep the membranes in the nose from breaking it worries me. I need to blow my nose like a lady apparently not an elephant 🙂  Has anyone else had anything similar? Lack of sleep over something so silly makes me very grouchy. Headache this morning not helping either.  My day to moan i think...  

 

 

MrsPardaeva
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Morning, me again... Sorry for the pre 9am barrage of comment but i wanted to ask if anyone else is experiencing shaking in their hands? It happened a few times yesterday evening and as I was making breakfast this morning my right hand started shaking quite strongly again. It stops shaking when I stop what I'm doing then my hand/arm feels a bit tired... Ive looked up and it is a known side effect but usually later in treatment. Thanks as ever. Fiona x