Ruth, meant to ask you if you managed your run yesterday? How did you get on?
Cassie, I find it interesting too. I guess maybe they really do tailor the treatment to the individual. I wonder if it depends on your blood results, your type if bc and what other treatments your having. Probably also depends on what they can afford.
Karana, looked up the Tropics range (never heard of it before), looks amazing. I've been having a go at homemade concoctions, so I know exactly what's in them. Made a facial cleanser/ toner out of rose water, Witch hazel and vegetable glycerin which is pretty good!
I love the sparkles too!
And I love the sparkles x
Shi, i hate needles too but self injection was ok. I was very surprised.
Chaffinch, meant to say you sound like you have an amazing hubby! My OH is great and does do quite a bit round the house compared to others, but as soon as he could see I was ok he gave me a kick up the bum and had me back to my normal housework duties!
That's strange because Ali also had the injections and also ended up in hospital with an infection and low wbc. Perhaps I'm glad not to have the injections! Guess time will tell when I go for my blood test next Monday, prior to my next chemo on Tues 24th.
they asda bras come in smal medium and large
I am 42d and the large fit great x
Hi Shi, I didn't have them before first session they gave them to me on the day in a drip beforehand (like SueW). However, I do have them now with instructions for my next session so won't have the drip next time. Not sure why, just the way my hospital does things I guess. I also didn't get any daily injections to do either like some on here, again I guess it's just how my hospital works. I am only only fec so won't be having the t part don't know if that makes a difference. Glad to hear it looks like you'll be able to go home soon.
That sounds like really good value SueW the m&s one was £25 I think, luckily I had a gift voucher so used that.
Thanks Cassie, so I've get a couple of days to go!
Shi, yes was good of them to tell me and supply the laxido. It was the only thing that they gave me (along with a thermometer) from my oncology appointment. I was a bit worried as quite a few on here were given anti-sickness stuff to take prior to their chemo and all I got was some laxatives! Hope you're stay at casa nhs is brief and you can get back home soon.
Hope everyone's having a good day and enjoying the sunshine!
Hi Shi, I've been referred for testing, but they said it isn't urgent because of my age (I'm 58) and there's no history of bc or ovarian cancer in the family. I think they said I'm low risk, but I will take the test if offered for as you say, don't want to take any chances and I've got two daughters, so I need to know for them. It's a long time to wait for results if you don't find out until Dec, hoping your results will be fine xx
Cassie, I've also been out this morning it's lovely and warm if a little breezy. How is your hair faring? What day did you start losing body hair? I'm day 12 and so far everything is staying put!
Sam34, how is your hair, you cold capped like me didn't you?
Shi, I was given laxido to take and told to take twice a day the day after chemo if I didn't go as normal. Was told to keep taking them until it was back to normal to avoid the "back up" as you put it. I did as was told and didn't suffer with any problems.
Dizzie, I too have gone short, although not ultra short (back is short, bit longer on top and on the sideburns) look a bit like an imp! Everyone seems to think it suits me and I'm fairly happy with it. My low poo regime prior to all this certainly improved the condition of my hair and it was super shiny too!
Thanks for the nail info Shi. Do you take the varnish off to massage the oil into the nails or leave the nail varnish on continusly? I see you mention a book about tnbc, are you tn? I am xx
Oh also meant to say about post surgery bras. I hadn't found this forum at that point, no-one gave any advice about post surgery bras at all! Knew they couldn't be wired so bought some wire free ones from Tesco (only place I could find any in my size). They were ok and I'm still wearing them now, but I wish I'd known about the zip up front ones in m&s. I found them about 3 weeks after surgery and Shi is right I did find them more comfortable as they offer more support. I had tried to wear a normal sports vest with built in bra but it has to over your head and that can be tricky post surgery.
Sorry also meant to say, Welcome Shi, sorry to see you here on the chemo train but thank you for the tip off something to keep in mind! Chaffinch hope you're ok! How're are your tingling fingers now?
Cherry, I'm doing fecx6 and seemed to have got away lightly so far, so fingers crossed it continues!
Karana, thanks for the tip off about tropics I'll definitely give them a look. My mascara is paraben free not sure what make it was (nit tropics though) but bought it in Superdrug. I also read a while back that castor oil is good for lashes and eyebrows I've bought some so might try that. I've been using weleda products for quite a while now as I was concerned about parabens and sls. I also found a website (living naturally) that also do some good products and where I get my deodorant and shampoo.
Dizzie, I too am cold capping and only washing my hair once a week, I use a weleda shampoo and conditioner and do it in the shower using a jug so it's gentler. Like Cherry I am a curly and so my hair also doesn't really get greasy. I also looked into the "no poo" thing a while back but settled for washing twice a week (once with just conditioner and once with a natural shampoo & conditioner, as washing with just conditioner is supposed to be good for us curlies). For styling I'm using a homemade concoction (coconut oil, shea butter & aloe Vera gel) that I've been using for a while but I'm just using a tiny amount to take the edge off the frizz. I'm day 12 after chemo and due to wash my hair again tomorrow, wish me luck!
Hi Shi, I'm starting chemo tomorrow-fec and then t. I was going to paint my nails ready for tomorrow, but is it only the t that affects them? xx
Hope the cold cap works for both of us - although they rate success as losing just 30-50% of our hair - so we have to be realistic 😕 Still got my eyebrows and lashes. Think I'll look into false lashes/extensions if I lose them. That's providing I still have some stumps left to attach them to... xx
Just a quickie, ladies - is it just anecdotal or do the side effects on FEC seem a lot harder than EC?? It just appears from what I've spotted on here that the hospitalisations have been for those on FEC and the women seemingly skipping through their chemo are mostly on EC. I'm on EC. 2 more to go, then 4 tax.