Hi Cassie, snap my first session of chemo is tomorrow too, I go at 9.30 am. Sending all best wishes for your first session.
Just wanted to welcome Marg to the group. Marg try to take one day at a time, and then one treatment at a time, otherwise it can feel overwhelming.
Ali hope it goes OK today. Take it easy over the next few days.
Hi Reboot, glad your first chemo went okay. Your mum on board will be a brilliant help for you. Hope today the effects aren't too bad for you. I can understand them telling you to get the flu jab as early as you can, my injection site (the derrière) is so sore at the moment and my first chemo is tomorrow morning.
Hi SueW. We may have the same bc, it is highly oestrogen and progesterone positive but my HER status is under review, it initially was tested as negative but on retest came back borderline so was sent for a FISH test, they tried 3 times but the sample wasn't good enough so another sample has been sent off, if positive I will need herceptin alongside the last 3 chemo sessions.
I havent looked for an outfit yet, I have lost over 2 stone since diagnosis (I needed to) and would like to lose some more if facing more operations but the steroids during chemo may not help.
Lol SueW, we are similar ages, I am 51. Because I am not classed as menopausal having not gone a full 12 months without a period I am down for ovary removal surgery after chemo and radiation therapy. I am mother of the groom in August 2018 so not sure I will be completely out of treatment by then before then starting 10 years of hormone therapy.
Welcome Marg. You may find you get a flu letter sent through the post, I did. I went to the surgery nurse who refused to do it until I had spoken to my oncologist. She did write down which flu jab they use at my doctors. My oncologist said I could have it before chemo started. Best to check with your own hospital though. Good luck at your appointments. You will get a chemo pack at one of your appointments with information on all the drugs you are being given and told the side effects that CAN happen. No you are definitely not alone, we can all support one another. Xx
Good to know that I’m not the only newby struggling; Wish it was woo woos on 13/10 but like you say that’s not gonna do the F off bit to the bc- : taking one step at a time xxx
Thanks for your advice on flu jab and agreed, the lingo is a lot to get to grips with : .will follow your advice & seek out flu jab tomorrow; best of luck for your chemo start date tomorrow will be thinking of you & sending lots of positive thoughts xxxx
I too am new to the group ..have recently been diagnosed due to start chemo on 13/10. Have been feeling so overwhelmed by the enormity of it all but reading your posts has given me strength & made me realise that i'm not alone. So thank you for that .You all sound so knowledgeable about your treatment , i'm not as yet ..have a pre drug thing on 9th ....Can someone tell me what the FEC drugs are you all talk about and if i'm a started on 13/10 should i get a flu jab ? XXx
Just wanted to say welcome to the group.
Please ask if you have any questions and I'll do my best!
I had my chemo last year, so I can tell you my experiences and hopefully help along the way.
Welcome to the group.
How are you feeling after yesterday?
Do you have help with the children at all? It must be so difficult to deal with everything. You may find fatigue hits over the next few days, but then hopefully you will feel ok.
Hi Reboot, welcome! yes I was the same with the September thread I wasn't sure where to join, so decided to join the October thread. How did your first chemo go? Hope you are feeling okay...I have a few sickness tablets given to me already to take before and after so am presuming that is one of the major side effects with FEC. Hope you get childcare sorted out. My youngest is 16 so I don't have to keep up with small children and go through treatment, that must be doubly difficult. Hope you get childcare sorted, and everyone else does with small children and have lots of help.
I had had a flu letter arrive Sue, so asked my oncologist. She said to have it if it could be arranged before chemo starts or it would be a waste of time...wondered with how close chemo is if it is still a waste of time but had it anyway. That is just my experience not sure what others have been told. Re the PICC line I was told the hospital try to avoid putting FEC into the veins of the hand as it is cruel to the veins but the blood clot factor does concern me with the PICC line.
Your hair looks really fabulous Sue, I love pink....my dad is buying my wig too when they come into the salon! It's a club none of us ever wanted to join isn't it but we do have to adapt and not let the worry and fear take over. I went for my flu jab yesterday and the nurse avoided both arms so my derrière is a bit sore today. Are you having a PICC line put in, I was dreading that but it went ok, I just have to inject blood thinners now again as well due to a clotting condition I have. I am having 3 cycles of FEC and 3 of docetaxal.
Hi Sue and welcome.
You've raised a fantastic amount for MacMillan! Well done you!
Glad you're feeling so positive. Let me know if you have any questions.
Hi SueW, good luck with your own treatment. You are winning me on the wig stakes, the wig salon attached to the hospital is a charity and they only had one longer hair wig in when I went for a fitting having sold the others so some more have been ordered for me to try. Love your positive attitude, mine is on the whole positive, nerves are jangling a little bit now it's closer to.