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6 months after chemo

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Swirly
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Re: 6 months after chemo

You're doing great to be back at work so quickly SML, it's frustrating it's not just a matter of slowly improving, lots of ups and downs. Everyone wants the 'old' you back so be kind to yourself. I must admit I welcome the check ups as it makes me feel more secure they're looking after me so I don't need to worry. I have lots of lists pinned up so everyone can see, things I used to love so I can tick them off when I can do them again, new things I want to do, a calander dedicated to physical activities I have done and a fatigue rating to help pacing and my favouite a chemo bonus list, the top of which is chemo got rid of the varruccas I'd been pagued with for many years! The courses are good for giving strategies to cope, have a look on the macmillan website, support groups in your area or coping strategies online, not just cancer related, but for stress and traumatic events. Were only human after all! As I said before, you're doing great x

SML1903
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Re: 6 months after chemo

Hi. I didn't have my surgery until September as had chemo first then surgery and finished radiotherapy just before Christmas. However I see my surgeon a year after diagnosis and my Oncologist in September. I am on a phased return to work at the moment. I started back 4 weeks ago and I am finding it very hard as I feel I am not the same person I was before bc. Like you I am grateful to be cancer free and better but like you others find it hard to comprehend how we feel about it all. I find people think that it's all behind us now that treatment has finished and life is back to normal but it isn't for me and I don't think it ever will be and I think others are the same. I would be interested in finding out more about the course so will look into it.

Cheery13
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Re: 6 months after chemo

Hi - yes I was diagnosed on 24th Feb last year, so I'm finding that I'm really emotional right now, and I know it'll get worse as I get nearer to the date. My check isn't until August as it's a year after surgery. Still coping with side effects of chemo and radiotherapy but not too bad, and have started back at work - phased return. The emotional effects are the hardest to deal with. People expect me to be 'back to normal', yet I don't think I even know what normal is any more! Don't get me wrong, I'm very grateful to be cancer-free and feeling better. It's just that nobody really gets this unless they've been through it. Can I recommend BCC Moving Forward course, as it's giving me a lot of support and great chances to discuss my feelings.

SML1903
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Re: 6 months after chemo

Thanks everyone for your replies and helpful advice. Its good to hear from others who have been through the same thing. My nails seem to be benifiting from the use of the Leighton Denny regime, although Ive only been using it a for a short time, as it includes a bio protection varnish so hopefully in the long term it will do the trick.

My hair though is growing back with grey in it, is very soft and fluffy but thicker at the back than the top. I wonder if I should use hair clippers like you Swirly but would have to buy some as my husband doesn't use them. I don't wear my wig at home and have even gone to the door without it which I wouldn't do when I had no hair. I used to wrap my head in a towel and pretend I had just washed it. Lol!

I am getting myself in a bit of a state at the moment emotionally as its coming up to a year next month since my diagnosis and I have my first 6 month check in March with my surgeon. I also had an appointment through inviting me for my 3 yearly routine mamogram so have to phone them and cancel it as I don't think it's appropriate as I'm being seen anyway. Anyone else approaching their 1st year since diagnosis?

Swirly
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Re: 6 months after chemo

Hi SML, I'm 6 months on from T-FEC chemo, I then had radiotherapy and tamoxifen, but may be able to reassure you that it is ok, you are normal, it's a pain in the bum and ok for it to annoy you. Did your hair/nails grow quickly prior to treatment? Mine did and it's not much longer, although I'm using my husbands hair clippers now to keep it short as, as soon as it gets chance, it seems to want to go into uncortrollable curls. I can see it's filling in, but there are a lot of very short stubbly bits which have not grown from my first 'buzz' when it was falling out, but it looks like a haircut choice now, doesn't cost me anything, doesn't need styling and I can see it improving. The fine hair (lighter colour) isn't growing yet so it looks a bit darker than it used to. so it you have lighter finer hair... I used the emoliant cream on my hair as a shampoo and leave in conditioner until very recently and now use coconut oil as a leave in conditioner which is great. I thought my nails were going as they half lifted off, but they reattached themselves?! Cutting them short and using a nail serum really helps. Any sort of detergant, be it soap or cleaning products really dries them, so I use disposable gloves all the time. Also eating enough protein and drinking lots of water helps the hair, nails and skin. I'm still using my own moisturiser concoction of emolient cream and baby oil as moisturisers take off the top layer of dead skin to give the smooth feel and don't really add any moisture and actually made my skin dryer overall, so the hand cream may not be helping. Hope something in this helps you x

Donnaandfamily
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Re: 6 months after chemo

Hi SML
I finished chemo in August...(and taking anastrazole)and it is only now that my finger nails are now normal.... but as I type my toe nail is about to drop off......old nail still recovering from treatment. My hair is now about 3 inches long...... most people have growth of 1/2 inch per month......my legs are now like a yeti...eye brows need regular plucking lol. It will take time but sure it will all come back x
Helm
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Re: 6 months after chemo

Hormone treatment can cause thinning as a side effect. Be patient though - it may take a little while for your nails to get back to normal. Your body has been through a taxing time, and also regrowth rates can vary from person to person. Try to eat healthily. Perhaps your doctor could give some advice regarding your nails  too. Best of luck, hope you see some improvement soon:)

SML1903
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6 months after chemo

Hello ladies. Just wondering if anyone is having nail problems? I had FEC-T, which I finished July 2014 and lost all but 4 of my nails even though I used cuticle creams and a good quality hand cream. Now 6 months after finishing chemo, surgery and rads I still have problems with my nails splitting and flaking. I take vitamins and minerals specifically for nails, use a Leighton Denny nail therapy and Clarins hand cream. I also use almond oil and eat almonds on a daily basis. I am at a loss to know what else I can do and wonder if anyone else has had the same problem. Also my hair is still only about half an inch long and my eyebrows are very sparse so wonder if their could be any connection. Oh and I started taking Anastrozole in November so could this be a side effect as I know it can cause hair thinning. Thank you for reading my thread.