Hi Ladies I am home after T number 5 so glad to get it out of the way. I know in a couple of days I will feel a bit crappy but hopefully not too bad fingers crossed. How are you all? Sorry if this is short but sweet but i didnt sleep well last night I am exhausted so it will be a take away tonight and then to bed. I hope you are all ok big hugs xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Just wondering if anyone on Tax has used Tramadol as a painkiller? I'm getting some quite sharp pains, but am a bit worried re Tramadol as a common side effect is nausea and I can do without that after having it non stop with EC! Also am at work when I can be and wondering whether Tramadol totally knocks you out?
Thanks and hope you're all ok xx
Sarah - I still haven't got any nasal hair and lost my bikini line etc after chemo finished, no leg hair as yet which is a bonus! Good luck for tomorrow and after that only 1 more to go? Lisalou hope you're feeling better tonight and Tania we'll be having chemo the same month - think someone has started a December Rads thread. Brave good luck for Monday - hope it's good news. Bibi glad to hear you are finding the weekly taxol much better and hope everyone else ok debs, lisajane, Richelle and jhbee xxx
I'm here, reading all the posts and thinking about how much I'm looking forward to Monday when I'll find out whether or not I'll go ahead with my last chemo session next Wednesday. If we skip the session, I'll look forward to my hair growing back sooner rather than later!
I'm ok thankyou Sarah , just so tired even on week 3 this time with some aches and pains .Good luck for tomorrow with your 5th T . So pleased that some of you are getting some hair growth, I hope I will be the same very soon.
Big hugs everyone xxxxx
Sorry Sarah, for some mad reason thought Brave had posted not you. Apologies. I am doing a lot of mad things at the moment. Good luck for tomorrow xx
Mad isn't it what this does to you? I actually wrote in an e-mail yesterday "I'm loving the new chemo" & my friend (BC survivor 6 months ahead of us) said "blimey you're easily pleased these days". Well I guess 'loving it' was a bit strong, I just meant it was miles better than F/EC because no nausea.
Does the Return of the Hair mean we won't now lose the rest of our eyebrows (doing ok) & eyelashes (1/2 gone)? I have read some people saying they drop off a week after you finish tax, but how does that work if our other hair is growing? Maybe just pot luck?? x
Yay! Me too Brave. Suddenly realised my nose wasn't running every 5 mins at golf yesterday & some nose hair is back . . Unappealing maybe, but definitely quite useful. Hubby also found a bit of leg stubble for the first time since August. Of course where I really want it is on my head . . . Is that what you have found? BBx
Hi all Richelle so pleased you're done. Fantastic! Please stay on this thread so us late finishers can hear how radio planning/ treatment is. Carole nice to hear from you & hope you're enjoying the break. Debs if you have to have 4 cycles anyway, have you considered weekly taxol? I know they are a pain logistically, but I'm having almost zero SEs & just sailing through so far. Had my second y'day & played golf today. Compared to F/EC it's a walk in the park & also no steroids, apart from on the day, so no fuzziness/sleepless nights/weird food cravings. Sarah 5th one already . . We'll soon be waving you g'bye too. Would be nice to have a lunch or something when we are done, not sure whether we'll all be up to a night out for a while esp if some of us have to travel too. Hope all the rest of you ladies are doing ok. Brave I have read L-glutamine is good for peripheral neuropathy, even though u don't hear much about it over here, the ladies in the States swear by it & you can buy in H&B. BBxx
Congratulations Richelle, Must be lovely to feel that your next hospital visits are going to be so much easier!!
I had a weird one when I went for bloods on Friday. Had an appt with the oncologist before I would be starting my Taxol. Strangely I spotted her leaving the hospital as I was going in for my appt. The nurse called me to go and wait in her room, she then had to call me back to say that the oncologist had gone out and they couldn't contact her!! They said maybe she had a meeting, but seemed strange to me that they would schedule a meeting outside the hospital at the same time as an appt. Waited nearly 2 hours til she returned..urrgh- stressful!!
1st Taxol yesterday was a long one, I'm doing 2 weekly accelerated. Amazing not to have my usual horrible sickness and sinus type headache, though I know that lots of you have said that SE for this kick in in a few days? (I'm hoping nausea won't be kicking in then too!)
Hope everyone is doing ok,
Hi - just popped in to say glad you are all getting nearer the finish line for chemo and Richelle well done for finishing. Brave - I had a bit of peripheral neuropathy in finger tips while having chemo but now have a bit in some toes after finishing chemo - not sure why that happened but suppose chemo still in your body for a while after. It does seem to be getting better though. Richelle sounds like we will be starting rads around the same time (hopefully) - I have my planning appointment and CT scan on 26 November and start rads on 7th December. Delay because they have only now decided I should have genetic testing as had DCIS 13 years ago when I was in my early 40's. Have had test but this waiting game is a pain in the a***!
I have been reading your posts from time to time to see how you're all getting on - Debs30 I had a bit of dragging pain in my legs when on chemo only occasionally though so put mine down to the herceptin xxx
Thanks ladies, the last session went well, just waiting for it to kick in tomorrow, only one appt on the 03rd dec Sarah for scanning and marking but apart from that four weeks off from hospital ( I hope). No celebrations as yet will hopefully get out and do something even if it's small after the GCSF injections and initial SEs are finished next weds but still very relieved xxxx
By the way does anyone mind if I keep in touch on this wall when I start radiotherapy of are we going to start a radiotherapy thread, wishing you all a good week xx
Great that you got to spend some time with your grandchild Sarah
I had my last chemo today can't believe it woop woop! Phase two all finished, start rads on the 16th Dec - 15th Jan.
I must say at the start of the chemo I never thought the 18 weeks would pass but they have and I am so relieved.
Keep going ladies and we will all get there 💕 xx
I am pleased you are doing better with the reduced T . I am allergic to Ibubrofen so can't take that for aches and pains but have got paracetamol and hot water bottles ready for when the T creates havoc on my body. My oncologist has given me Tramadol but think they may be a big too strong and hoping I can get away without them .xxx
Morning all ladies, hope you have all had a good weekend.
I am experiencing heavy legs with nagging pain at the moment . Havent had this with the Fec before , has anyone else ? . Went for a long walk yesterday in the hope that it would help but it made the pain worse.
Have my first T on Friday and are closely following you ladies ahead of me . Must admit not looking forward to it one bit and I have 4 ahead of me but each one is a step closer . Love and hugs to you all xxxxxxxx
LisaJ/Tania sorry you're not feeling great. I am on the weeklies, so can't be of much help, as all I've had is sore nails for a couple of days. Hope you feel better soon. BBx
Oh Lisa, that's all you needed . . Poor you! You seem to be having such a tough time of it. Hope you get it sorted out quickly. I'm not sure how much dentistry we're allowed on chemo, but hopefully you are nearly finished now? Hope you get some sleep. x
Thanks all. Well you've made me feel a LOT better. I thought I was the only one with revolting scuzzy eye lids. Woke up this morning & one eye was stuck shut. Is there no end to the vile unglamorous SEs of this disease? Let's hope they don't both get glued shut or I won't be able to even find the bathroom, let alone the cotton wool in the mornings ha ha.
I cannot believe the horror of events in Paris. It scares me the way world events are developing. We're just spiralling out of control on so many fronts. I just don't know if life in Europe will be recognisable for our grandchildren. Have a good weekend all & many thanks for your help. BBxx
Yes, I had to deal with that too, Bibi. Cotton wool and warm water over the sink and mirror or just wash them carefully in the shower! I've kept about 1/3 to 1/2 of the bottom lashes and most of the upper and about 2/3 of my eyebrows.Relieved overall. Rotten weather. Shocking what's happened in Paris. Let's enjoy the weekend as best we can. Trying not to eat everything in sight while I'm on post-chemo steroids. xx
Makes sense Brave. Does anyone have any tips for getting crusty bits off your eyelids (yes lovely 🙂 in the morning now our eyelashes are beginning to go. I am using cotton wool with hot water, but I can't get the more stubborn ones off without accidentally removing the eyelash it's stuck to too, which I obviousy makes the whole sitution worse. Thanks xx
It is close for comfort, Bibi, but they want to do it 3-6 weeks after the last chemo session. If they don't do it before Xmas, it won't get done til early January, which is getting very close to the six-week mark. I have to agree with the docs that it's better to do it early and risk spending Xmas Day in hospital than leaving it another 2-3 weeks. And yes, I'm to have rads too.