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Anyone due to start chemo in April? - Awesom April Angels

Amber_D
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Re: Anyone due to start chemo in April? - Awesom April Angels

Hi Sandy, like the others I too still have some pain, my op was also Feb. I still can't sleep on my op side as it hurts after a while and the top half of my arm and arm pit are still numb. I often get sharp like stabbing pains which don't last long but are uncomfortable when they happen......anybody else get this x
Mel_A
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Hi Sandy I'm still numb around my scar after my surgery in Feb. Like Judy it took a good few months before I could sleep on that side. The main discomfort I had apart from cording was nerve pain in my arm pit, which felt like I was really chapped. I was told it was the nerves resettling after the op. I hope you start to feel better soon. xx
Philomena that's great news about the bcra tests 🙂
angiepops
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hi sandy

like kate says, i had pain and tingling for a while, still get it now but not as bad. take the painkillers but be careful not to use it too much under the influence. it does go off after draining, i used to call in at the hospital and they would do it if it got too much for me to relieve the pain.

angie xx

Judyd
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Hello angels, Sandy, sorry to hear your having a rough time of it. I'm not in pain with my surgery but I do get a lot of twinges as I move in certain positions. Sometimes I can be just sat and I reach out for my cup and feel like I've been smacked in the chest. Yet when I feel the area it's just numb, no real feeling there. I feel it more in bed at night if I try and sleep on that side it's like I've been kicked there. My arms still numb too but I still have the cording, if I try and move my arm too high I know about it. The scar feels a lot lumpier and harder than it did after surgery too. I know the radio therapist today said that even though it's healed up fine on the outside she said it takes a lot longer for it all to heal on the inside and the the rads agrivate that. What I will say is that if you can put up with the fluid that's builds up rather than having it drained off, I would put up with it. My scar looks lumpier and uneven since I had the fluid drained, it was a lot tidier before they drained it.
Spikey
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Sandy

I had pain and tingling from the fluid that built up in my mx area, this was relieved when they drained it at my appointment and they did this twice two weeks apart. My mx area still has no real feeling 6 months down the line and I've been told that sensation around the area may take 12 to 18 months to return.

I would take any pain killers you have if you need them but make sure you don't move your arm too much when they've kicked in!
Kate
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PrimroseHill
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Morning Angels

 

Pauline and Debra it good to hear from you again. And yes I can't wait until 5th/6th April.

 

I know it's been a while since your surgery ladies but I wonder if I can ask some questions just to put my mind at rest. 

 

Should i be starting to feel a little better by now? ( Had my last drain out last Weds).The pain under the whole of my upper right arm feels like ive had boiling hot water poured over it. It also feels numb on the underside and has a tingling sensation too. It got so bad I ended up at A & E on Sat the Dr on call there at least took BP, pulse and blood. Everytihing was ok apart from noticable swelling on the breast and upper arm but the doctor daren't do anything without getting hold of the surgeon and told me I must contact the breast unit this morning.

 

I tried, but the nurse said nothing can be done as he's not in unitl my appointment on Weds. Now I feel like i'm being a nuisance. I'm already on paracetomol and tramadol so daren't take anything else. It really feels like i'm getting worse but have done everthing I can in getting help. I suppose the only thing I can do is wait until Weds.

 

Did any of you ladies have this pain and sensation after surgery? If so how long is recovery?

 

Mel - Well done for sticking to the chemo regime. Must have been tempting to miss or reduce the last ones. Like you I felt I had to stick it out and give it my all.

Philomena - Great news for you and your family that you dont carry the BRCA gene. Now you can concentrate on getting better and having loads of cuddles from your kids, family, and Luca. (What a lovely name)!

Amber - I hope the starfish relapse is only temporary.

Mel - A hope youve had a great time in Anglesea.

Caz - Hope the finishing rads celebrations went well and you had a champers for me.

Judy, Kate, Kim, Lynn, Angie, Diggy, Lori, Hope your all ok and feeling well. Lv and hugs Sandy. xxxx

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Hi - dates are 5th/6th April xx

Amber_D
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Hi Debra,
I've been on Anaztarolestrozole (Arimidex ) since 19/8, have had some hot flushes but nothing else. I still have achy legs but my Onc said it was the s/e of chemo not Anaztarolestrozole xx
Louis
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Hi Angels,
I am due to start armidex soon is anyone taking this? If so how are you getting on?
Debra.
xx
Amber_D
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Mel Iam with you on the dates hotel too, can I still blame it on chemo brain lol. Good to hear from you Pauline, hopefully you'll manage the meet up. Hopefully you'll get some news about your Dad before you go, it's horrible waiting. Haven't had my bone scan results yet but they did say it could be up to 4 weeks and Iam just a couple of weeks in. Have a fab time in Florida, getting away from all the cancer related reminders will do you the world of good and of course the sunshine.....enjoy 😎🍹
maisiecake
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Hi all

Pauline can you remind me of the dates we're supposed to be going? chemo brain!!!

Mel xxx

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I clearly can't count, 11 ladies!  Guess if someone else doesn't mind a single room, then we can always share if I can come!

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Hi Angles - so sorry for not posting for so long, I didn't realise how long it's been!  I'm still catching up with all your posts!!  I've been busy working and doing things around the house.  I had my post treatment app with Onc this week.  She has recommended a bone scan because of pains in my legs, she reckons it will be ok but just wants to check!  It won't happen until after my hols now so I'll park that worry for now!  Still waiting on my dad's scan results which is a worry!  I'm off to Florida on Thursday, it really can't come quick enough!

 

April get together - I'm not sure I can go now ladies as we usually go to Lanzarote each May with my brother and SIL, they are struggling to get time off in May so may need to be April.  I wont know for a while - total bummer!  Anyway, taking me out the equation there are 12 ladies staying overnight:- Kim, Amber, Philomena,Kate,Lynn,Moira,Diggy,Mel, Rozz, Caz and Lori.  Why dont you ladies go on and book and I can get a room on my own if I can come, I'm fine to do that.  Mel A and Sandy are also going but not staying overnight.

 

Mel - so glad you eventually got out and are recovering, you really have been through the mill

Sandy - you too, hope you are feeling a bit better now and like the laides said, dont feel guilty

Philomena - great news, bet that was a relief!

Amber - glad you had a lovely holiday, did you get your bone scan results?

Lynn - Not sure if you are back yet, hope you had a lovely time

Angie - hope you too are feeling a bit better

 

sorry I haven't mentioned everyone, still catching up.  villa in Florida has free wifi so I'll ensure to touch base while I'm away

 

take care Angels

 

Pauline xx

Amber_D
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Oops pressed the wrong button!!
Angie, hope you had a fun day at work yesterday
Kate, well done on getting back to work it seems to be going well for you
Mel A, enjoy Angelsey the break will do you the world of good
Philomena, looking after Luca will give you so much pleasure, grandchildren are such a joy. I had a visit from my two youngest yesterday, enjoy every moment, they grow up so quickly.

My exercise regime is on hold for a couple of days. I woke up yesterday and felt so tired which continued throughout the day and Iam walking like a starfish again, my legs and feet are very sore today. I didn't think I was doing too much but maybe need to take a step back which is so annoying as I've been feeling so good. I got my appointment to see my consultant in the post yesterday, it's January 8th. I was diagnosed on the 9th Jan, it was a weird feeling a bit scary! Anyway enough of the moans, it's a nice day here good to have all the windows open and fresh air.
Enjoy your weekend girls 🌞
An extra hour in bed as well !
Amber_D
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Great news Philomena, time for celebrations
Sandy hope you're still doing ok, take it easy
Mel, you're nearly there we're all rooting for you to get to the finish line
Philomena_b
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Almost there Mel 🙂 soon be on the the platform with us all.
I have just received my letter from genetics and am glad to announce that I am not a carrier of BRCA 1or 2, whoopeeeee. Which is such great news for my kids and relatives. Time for a celebration.
Baton down the hatches angels the weather is supposed to be awful over the next few days xx
maisiecake
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Hi Angels

Sandy- so glad you're home and drain free. Don't feel guilty, Your need for downtime won't last long and like Philomena says family like to help.

Congrats to those who've finished rads- I just can't keep up with you all.

I started last chemo cycle yesterday on a 75% dose after the disasterous 0 WBC count last cycle. Onc said I could skip it altogether, but I'd already geared myself up for 8 and I don't ever want to look back and think I wish I'd had the last one. So 75% it is. last dose is next Friday. Have got friendly with 2 women I met at chemo clinic who also finish same regime next Friday so hopefully celebrations all round. Thinking of taking cakes but none of us will be able to eat them. Still the nurses will appreciate them. They've finally replaced missing nurses so yesterday was the quickest I've ever done, in and out in an hour and a half.Smiley Happy

Up at 4.30 am as usual and feeling sick as a dog but nearly done! I start tamoxifen 2 weeks after chemo. Bit worried about side effects but just have to wait and see. Glad it's going well for you Kate and you've been able to go back to work. I've just got another 3 month sick note from GP.

I've also referred myself for counselling at my cancer centre at the hospital. I just feel rather lost at the moment. normal life seems such a long time ago, and I don't know which bits I want back. Well I know the bits I do want back but don't know how to get out of the bits I don't want - mostly work!! not sure how to escape from something i've done for the last 26 years, but I keep thinking if this comes back in the next few years I will regret having gone back. Sadly retirement not an option.

Judy- my skin did not start to break down until about day 15 of rads and got worse in the week after. Dressings were great in the end and all healed now. keep slapping on the aqueous!!!

love to you all

Mel xxx

ps lovely daughter ran the race for life last night in the dark. She did it with a friend in 28 minutes and raised over 300 pounds. tried to put a link on but it was removed. I'll try to add a photo but haven't managed this yet! I crawled off my sick bed to go and watch- so proudSmiley Very Happy

Philomena_b
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Good morning to the lovely AAAs.
I haven't been on for a while but still read all your post every day.
Sandy, glad your are recovering well. I would never have known you were high as a kite on tramadol when we spoke on Sunday, quite the opposite in fact. I agree with the others about feeling guilty, you have really been through the mill, and I think it helps the family when they can do things for you.
Mel, have you still got one more chemo after this one today? It's been such a long slog for you, but the end is now in sight.
Angie, you are a star, working full time, but I know what you mean about working with a great bunch of people.
Judy, your almost finished as well, the time is really flying now. Won't be long before we are all in Manchester, it's a great thing to look. Forward to.
I enjoyed reading the posts about how the BC has changed everyones views on their life. I am still waiting for ATOS and capita to get back to me on retirement. Either way I will not be returning as it has already been decided I am no longer fit for my old job, so it's great in one way as the decision has been taken out of my hands.
I am currently looking after my grandson Luca 2 days a week! he is such great fun! but it does take me quite a few days to recover. I have also been out walking in the grounds of Blickling Hall, the supposed birthplace of Ann Bolynn. It's been really nice as I can go at my own pace and being norfolk it's all flat. I picked a bag full of chestnuts as well. First time since I was a child.
Weather is looking horrible today, lots of rain, so I am staying in and going to do some knitting.
Hope you all have a good weekend. Well done Caz on completing your rads xxx
Mel_A
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Hi everyone

Sandy you're not to feel guilty for being ill. If your husband was ill you would do the same for him. That's what families do. You won't be down for long. Rest while you can.
Angie have fun on your pink day. I hope everything goes ok at the doctors for you.
I've just read a book about a really inspirational guy who was dying of ALS and completely losing his independence, but had such an amazing outlook on life. A truly amazing guy. The book was called Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom. It's well worth a read.
I'm off to Anglesey for a week tomorrow. I'm really looking forward to it. Lots of time with my family and pooch 🙂
angiepops
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hi all

well done caz P

welcome back sandy

i do believe its wear pink to work day tommorow, so all my girls are allowed to have a day off uniform and ive got a big pink padded minnie mouse bow to wear. No doubt the crew are on it, theyve got their pink tops n stuff ready! Boss still has to wear his bra yet, he keeps getting sent to our other hotel.

Oh well, all in good fun eh?

i might wear my bow to the docs, i'll be locked up Smiley Very Happy it looks like a big sausage on my head at the moment!

angie xx

PrimroseHill
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Carol - Thanks we are all truly wonderful aren't we sweetie. I hope you are enjoying the celebrations. I keep waking up and thinking yay that part is all over. What a journey were all having!!!!

Mel - I'm wishing you all the best for Friday a long time coming for you but getting there never the less. Bless you. Were all on the platform waiting.

Amber - I hope your biking is going well. Getting your fitness up to speed and something to do whilst waiting for your OH to return.

Judy - Your rads must nearly be over too. How long has it between your surgery and Rads. The thought of anyone going near my right boob at the moment fills me with dread and it just dosn't seem that long since yours. I know how you all felt waiting to get the results from your operations too. I get mine next Wednesday..I have no idea what to expect.

Kate and Angie and anyone else who has started work. I think you really are so brave and I hope that you have good supportive bosses. I just can't think of it at all. It fills me with a sense of not being able to cope at the moment. Most of my low points are because OH is doing so much for me, the house, the kids, and going out the door at half seven to work. I cried yesterday when the nurse asked how I was feeling because i felt so guilty.

Mel A - Im really glad you met up with Rozz to walk the poochies. Wish I was nearer to meet with more of you.

Philomena - Thanks for passing on those messages for me and it was great to talk to you sunday. I hope I was ok. I was talking to you ok I think but those tramadol tablets they gave me really spaced me out. Are your Rads Se's all over now.

Hope everyone else is ok. Hubby in for dinner. Going to get my sorry ass up and make him a coffee.

Lv and Hugs angels. sandy. xxxx

Spikey
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Congratulations Carol, hope the celebrations went on long into the night! Hope Tamoxifen is kind to you, I've been on it 11 weeks now and so far just a few hot flushes which seem to be lessening......or I am just getting used to them? 🙂

Sandy, good to hear you are home and on the road to recovery, take it easy and don't rush things too much!

This is now my 3rd week back at work and its definitely getting easier but I am still only doing 21 hours. In Nov I will increase that to 28 and then hopefully full time in Dec but even then 2 days per week will be from home and I'm hoping to continue that for a while but we will see what the bosses say!
Amber, go for it, a little bit further every other day is a good start. I have been walking more and making sure I do more each time I go out.
Mel, good luck with the chemo on Friday, hope its not too hard on your body and the SE's are under good control.
Hope everyone is doing okay,
Kate
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Amber_D
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Congratulations Carol enjoy the celebrations x
Mel_A
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Brilliant news about finishing rads Carol. Enjoy your celebration 🙂
Amber enjoy your bike rides xx
CazP
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Sandy, so lovely to hear from you. You are amazing and don't you forget it! 🙂

 

Finished rads today - yipee!!! Tamoxifen starts tomorrow...

 

Take care all you lovely angels, just a quick post for now, off for celebration. 

 

Carol

Amber_D
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Afternoon Girls,

Sandy, so glad you're home but oh what a time you've had. Hope you feel a bit better now, loads of rest and pampering are needed I think.
Lynn hope you have a lovely time in Tenerife
Mel, stick in there you're almost finished and we're all waiting on the platform
Kim good result with Occ Health, take it easy
Judy, glad your skins ok, almost there 4 to go!
Angie, great that you're getting time away it'll be good to see the kids, they're a ray of sunshine. You're sounding a lot better too.
Pauline are you ok?
Signed the petition and passed it on to family and friends. OH away back to work today so I have an action plan to try and cycle at least every 2nd day if not everyday to the end of our road and beyond hopefully until he gets back.
Take care Angels, hugs to everyone xxx
Mel_A
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Sandy it sounds like you've had quite a traumatic time. I hope you are ok and feeling more comfortable now. It's good to hear from you. Take it easy xx
PrimroseHill
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Oh how ive missed you Angels.

 

Went in on Thursday went to anasthetic about 1.30pm. Woke up around 4pm hardly any pain. Oh and kids visited around 7pm still felt incredebly upbeat but hated the two drains. Still hardly any pain. Visitors left and I remember settling down for a snooze. Remember being woken up for BP and pulse check twice. Then Friday morning early hours woke up with so much pain straight away I pressed the panic button. It really was hidious pain nothing i'd felt before ever. Felt like the absent boob was splitting tried to look but couldn't move. Anyway they did lift up my gown and I saw what looked like a giant boob four times the size of my other breast and leaking everywhere under the dressings. Next thing I remember was injection in my thigh, someone explaining another op then saying sign this, then text OH and tried to post you Angels, then something going in my canular arm. Then lovely oblivion. All I remember after is someone asking if this was my signature then a mask going over my face with a horrible smell.

 

Woke again early hours Sat with 3 drains in. I was in pain but bareable this time. Apparently i'd had a blood clot which stopped the drains working which caused a build up of fluid. They had to get hold of the poor surgeon who then worked into late Friday to clear the clot and put an extra drain in. I also have a hole in my back for some reason and have a pressure dressing there.

 

Im at home now after having two drains removed Monday and the last one today.

 

Can't wait to catch up with your posts so am going to try retrace to last Wedsneday and take it from there as I can hardly remember the weekend at all. Philomena I do remember your call and best wishes. Thank you sweetie.

 

Hope your all been behaving and taking it easy. xxxxx

angiepops
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Re: Anyone due to start chemo in April? - Awesom April Angels

judy

was it like having a bath in lard - i did that, its very slippy stuff isnt it

angie xx

angiepops
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hi ladies

hope youre keeping well all of you,

just to let you know, i made an appointment to see my locum doctor who originally diagnosed me, who i like, so i know she'll be ok to talk to.

i still feel like i'm going nuts, i could have hung myself the other day but i couldnt be bothered to go and find a rope in the shed.  I do have a friend a few months ahead of me on the tamoxifen and she had the same kind of problems so i'm hoping it's just a chemical imbalance, she seems ok now, i'm in contact with her every day. I do know that i'm not thinking straight, so maybe thats a good thing that i know this.

judy - how sensible you are! we said we were moving up here to change our lives and we did, its so much better than when we worked too many hours in england. i love my job now, i used to hate going to work. OH never used to be in, now he's got loads of time to play on tractors and boats. Much better quality. when i got diagnosed  it was like an end to the fairytale life.

Amber - i'm going to englandshire on the 28th of november. retail therapy and mauling babies! how brave you are going out on a bike! hope your leggies are ok.

Philomena - i seem to be ok at work, too busy to think i expect. when i get home its different, too much time on my hands.

lynn - happy holidays!

maisiecake - its weird how all the different thoughts manifest isnt it, i have some odd dreams too. i sometimes forget that anything was ever wrong and then it comes back to me. hope youre getting through the last bits of chemo ok.

mel A - i think we all need to evaluate the changes. maybe thats how to deal with things, sort them out.

 

I had free dental treatment and will still be getting it because i go to the hospital here. the dentist is a **** but its free as 'under ongoing treatment'. maybe because we're in the back of beyond though, things are different in the hospitals here. will do the petition as well.

 

so thankyou all, kim, kate, gilly, all the words of wisdom have been helpful. i did try some distraction therapy, i watched a feature length Jane Eyre on an obscure channel the other day. i never watch telly. it was nice.

deep breath, count to 100 as my friend says................ to tackle the mentalness!

angie xx

 

Judyd
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Signed and posted on Facebook.

Well just done number 11 of 15 rads, still doing fine, not burnt yet! I went in the bath last night for a soak, first time since starting rads but I blathered myself with aqueous cream first, trouble was as I was soaking the cream was floating to the top in big blobs. My hair is far less frizzy though today, maybe I need to start slapping the cream on my head too. I think I have about an inch of hair now on the top of my head.

How's it going Sandy? Hope your at home and doing well.

Angie, hope your feeling a bit more optimistic, time with family will do you good.

mel, I don't know how you keep going, still on the chemo - you will soon be done, then you can celebrate.

I think this BC is a wake up call for most of us, a time to get our crap in order and re evaluate what's important in life.

Hope you are all having a good day😘
Mel_A
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Done 🙂
KimG
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Signed and passed on as well
kim
Spikey
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Signed and passed on to my family and friends.
Kate
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Found this in another thread. It has 520 signatures, but think we can do better than that!

Free dental checkups and sight tests for cancer patients

Responsible department: Department of Health
All cancer patients should receive free dental check-ups and free sight tests for five years, i.e. during all treatment, as per the prescription exemption certificate received. Especially as chemotherapy is known to cause dental problems, and tamoxifen is known to cause sight problems.

Copy and paste the link below into your address bar:
http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/53515

Pass it on!!!
Mel_A
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Kim I'm glad things went ok with Occ. Health. Maybe the re-evaluation is what we all need. xx
Mel_A
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Nearly there Mel. It is hard for you at the moment and I really feel for you. You seem to have had the roughest deal out of all of us. Use the time to rest, spend time with your family and have time for you. I feel like I've started to find myself again and take an interest in things, whereas I didn't have time for that before. BC and the treatment is cr*p but for me it's been worth it to open my eyes to what is important in life and what living should be about. I really hope you start to feel better soon. Big hugs xx
KimG
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Hi everyone
I'm so glad Sandy is doing well and is hopefully on the way home today.
Angie - I hope you are doing Ok. I have admired how you continued to work throughout you treatment and returned to full time hours so soon after rads, I think a little break with your family will do you the world of good. I think we have all thought about running away at some point over the last few months and the love and support from this group has helped us through.
Judy - well done on making such major changes to your life. Five years ago I had an extremely stressful post and was working long hours including on-call, I never seemed to have any time for me or my family, I wasn't as brave as you but I did take a much less stressful post a couple of bands lower which has given me a much better work/life balance. I'm now seriously considering reducing my hours even further.

I had a meeting with occ health yesterday and they have agreed that I can return to work in 2 weeks time, initially I will work 4 hours alternate days gradually building up to full time over the next couple of months. I feel ready to go back to work but am a little apprehensive as I've been away from work for so long.

Mel and Mel - it looks like we are all reevaluating our lives as many of our priorities have changed since our diagnosis.

Kim x
maisiecake
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Hi mel
Perhaps we need an escape from teaching group! This will be my last chemo cycle, but I have 2 doses, this Friday and next Friday if blood test is ok. Desperate to finish, but I know there will still be weeks of feeling crap afterwards to get through. I'm on my knees really and just about dragging myself through the days, but I will get to the end!
Mel xxx
Mel_A
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Mel nothing is stupid if it affects how you feel and you are still on a rough ride with chemo at the mo. Is this your last one? I don't blame you for thinking of quitting teaching. It is very hard and stressful and too many hours. I'm like you at the moment. BC has taught me to focus more on what matters most - time with my family. I'm considering my options for a change of career at the end of this academic year. I also had that feeling of wanting to run away from it all at times before my diagnosis because I was working too hard and couldn't see a way out. Judy definitely had the right idea. Good luck with the chemo on Friday xx
maisiecake
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Hi all
Angie - hope you're feeling better now. I know what you mean about wanting to run away. I used to feel like that often before I was diagnosed. I look back now and just see too much work, too much stress. I'm trying to work out how I can not return to that life.both me and oh were working far too many hours and not giving the time to the important things. Spend time with the people who love you, that's What matters. Enjoy your break .
Judy- so good to hear you had already managed to change your life for the better. I bet you don't regret it!
Mel- not surprised you need longer off from teaching. I know I'm Still on the chemo train but I'm thinking of not returning to work until easter if poss. Maybe I won't Go back at all!
Sandy- glad to hear things are improving. One day at a time lovely!
I'm Just sooo tired. Blood test on Wednesday then chemo on Friday. Don't Feel like I've Recovered from last time at all yet. I've been fretting a lot about scar and changed shape, which I know is stupid because it doesn't Matter in the scheme of things, but I dream about it and wake up at ridiculous times thinking about it and then can't Go back to sleep.
Love mel xxx
Mel_A
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Sorry Lynn I missed your post. Have a great time in Tenerife. xx
Mel_A
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Re: Anyone due to start chemo in April? - Awesom April Angels

Thanks for the update Philomena. Hope you're home and comfortable now Sandy. xx
Angie I hope you're feeling a bit brighter today. I second what Philomena said about going back to work very soon. I had my Occ. Health meeting today and she said I'm not fit for work yet and should wait the full 2 months post rads that the onc recommended as it takes a while to recover from rads. You've not had that recovery time. Do take it easy. xx
Kim I hope your appointment went ok.
Well done Amber for getting out on your bike. XX
LNMcG
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Re: Anyone due to start chemo in April? - Awesom April Angels

Hi angels off to Tenerife in the morning can't Believe it's here. Glad to hear sandy recovering and Angie feeling a bit better will try to keep up with your posts if there's wifi take care be back in a week Lynn x
Amber_D
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Re: Anyone due to start chemo in April? - Awesom April Angels

Philomena, thanks for the update on Sandy, glad she's a bit better.
Angie, hope you're ok
Went out for a cycle on my new bike this afternoon so we'll see how my legs are in the morning. Must say it was good to be out in the fresh air.

Take care everyone xxx
Philomena_b
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Re: Anyone due to start chemo in April? - Awesom April Angels

Evening Angels, just a quick update on Sandy. Spoke yesterday and following second op to remove the thrombosis is now doing well and hopefully will be out of hospital today.
Angie, glad your feeling better now. I think we all have moments like this in some form or other and I think Gilly advise was great. Your one of the few of us who has gone back to full time work and so early. If it was me I would proberly looking at immigrating. You have done brilliantly and am sure a few days with your daughter and grandchildren will do the trick. That's the great thing about this group is knowing that we all genuinely care about how we all feel.
Xxx
Mel_A
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Re: Anyone due to start chemo in April? - Awesom April Angels

Angie I'm glad you're taking it easy and talking about your feelings. Your November trip sounds like fun.
Gilly and Judy I missed your posts earlier. It's good to hear things are getting easier for you now Gilly.
Judy it sounds like you already had a grip on what's important. Good for you 🙂
Amber_D
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Re: Anyone due to start chemo in April? - Awesom April Angels

Hi Angie, so glad you feel a bit better now it's good to chat and sounds like you've sorted out a few things. It'll will be great to get away and spend time with your daughter and grandchildren I'm sure you'll agree they're a joy to have.
Moira forgot to say enjoy the cruise, just what the doc ordered! X
angiepops
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Re: Anyone due to start chemo in April? - Awesom April Angels

hi all

thanks for all your words of wisdom.

i think i'm going to england at the end of november for a pre christmas dinner and shopping and stuff with the crew, new baby, presents all that kind of thing. ive had a long conversation with my daughter about all kinds of things, she wanted advice and had her own problems to sort out so we made it a bit of a sort your life out chat for us both for an hour and a half! had a chat with mother in law about nothing in particular for half an hour. i feel a bit better now but ive not done a thing today, just printing photos and making albums up of the grandkids. just seem to be having a weird kind of day, not thinking too straight at the moment. 

im going to run a bath and have a soak, then do dinner, beef and a gigantic yorkshire pud for when OH gets back from work. hopefully i'll feel better tommorow cos its back to work.

I'm sure i'll sort myself out soon.

angie xx

Mel_A
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Re: Anyone due to start chemo in April? - Awesom April Angels

Well said Amber. Angie you've been through a lot and maybe need some quality time for 'you'. Time with your grandkids or a holiday may be just the ticket.
I have also changed my perspective on life and do not want to return to the 50 odd hours a week I was doing pre diagnosis. Besides the fact that family time is way more important and life is too short to waste just on work I don't want to give this thing any hope of returning.
Kim I'm glad you enjoyed the holiday and feel more rested for it. I've also got an occupational health appointment tomorrow.
Moira enjoy your cruise - I'm not jealous at all (honest!) 😉
Rozz I hope you and Rocky have recovered from our long walk yesterday. It was really good to meet you and a pooch that's as bouncy as Daisy 🙂 We really enjoyed the walk. xx