Gud to hear from you, would be great to do this journey together and encourage each other. Im having 3Fec and 3Tax, just have to secure what strenght on Tues before pharmacy makes it up. You probadly feel the same as me now as I just want to get on and get it over with! Goin to bed now as shattrd, one thing that might be good re this chemo is that it might slow me down for a while and make me take it easier!!
Did anyone try the ice cubes/lollies during chemo and did you find it helped the mouth?
Plus can anyone suggest a good meal to have prior to chemo in case of sickness etc. I seem to have gone off my usual foods lately and would be interested to hear some of your ideas and cravings!!
Lots of big hugs to everyone and sweet dreams!
Debbie, just been catching up on this thread and although i haven't spoken to you just had to say how sorry iam to hear yr news and admiration for how postitive you sound! Keep it going! Love Debs xx
Thankyou for all da info really appreciate it. Spoke to chemo nurse today re: percentage benefit of having 80mg chemo as opposed to 100mg and at same time she clarified my query on CT scan and the Bone Scan. The CT is for organ spread and the latter being for bone spread, so keen to get this one on Monday before Chemo on Tuesday. I wouldn't be surprised if i walk out of chemo ward glowing luminous violet 🙂
Anyways you all have a wonderful, peaceful happy weekend! Lots of hugs and well wishes x
rosiefff hi just wanted to say my chemo starts tues as well so maybe we can compare notes and hi to everyone else
Mumsy...CT scan for spread as some lilttle tail found in a blood vessel from pathology report....Wierd being a sunday for it though, had to ring to double check.
Rosie...I had an echo and it was done before my 1st Herceptin. They said that the herceptin latches onto HER2+ receptor cancer cells.. Well you have these in your heart that help it to renew heart tissue. So it can cause problems with the heart so thats why I have to have one every 3 months for the next year...If the heart is struggling then you stop the herceptin...it recovers with no probs and you start again!!! I think I got. that right....
Hope all OK...luv you loads
Debbie- cant get you out of my mind, Im wishing and hoping and sending love and big hugs to you to help give you strength to fight it all the way, we are all behind you Honey.
Rosie- re tests. i had bone scan (to look for bone involvement) before my mastectomy. It ok they just inject you with stuff that comes in a metal case and is in a glass syringe ( i felt a bit like it was a sci-fi film!!) then they sent me away for 3 hours for the stuff to circulate . I was told to drink 2 litres of fluid as it helps it go round. Then I just laid on a couch and a flat piece of machinery started at my head and gradually moved down my body to my feet, doesnt hurt or anything and I could see the screen where the image was it was quite interesting! I also had a CT scan of my liver. You have to drink a litre of stuff in the department (flavoured with blackcurrant, orange or lemon) tasted ok. Then they stick you on a bed with a kind of circular thing that sounds like a washing machine. They put a cannula in your hand and attach to large syringe which works from outside the room. It was ok . But when they inject you , you get all hot and it washes down you from head to toe. Its quite quick but I felt as though I had wet myself!!! But I hadnt, just wished theyd warned me, hope this helps!!
Love n hugs to all the Gang
Thank you Rosie for your kind words - we are all strong girls going through this horrible journey and the little one is definitely my driving force as I am sure your daughter and other kids are for you X
What I can tell you on your queries is the heart scans are done to check your heart is healthy enough to take the chemo and then they scan you again about half way thru to check that damage isnt occurring. The bone scan with the nuclear injection first is deffo the one to check for spread to bones - thats what found my "hot spots" and thank god I had it - they only gave it to me becuase I had severe rib pain when I went for a results appt and the surgeon ordered one there and then. Not sure what the CT scan is for as I havent had one. Lots of luck coming your way for next week - hope you sail through it. Speak soon xx debbie xx
Hi Debs..Feeling for you & shocked to hear your news but as the rest of the girls say, you come across as a very positive woman and your stonger than this! My little one is 11yrs old and the light of my world and like yourself will fight and do whatever i have to do to see her grow up into a young lady and so far without the assistance of any male! When i was debating Chemo or not, my big son said to me, 'Mum if it means even just one more day with you in my life its worth it! There was no more debating! Give yourself loads of TLC xxx
Mumszy, soz to hear about delay but enjoy the freedom and pamper yourself rotten!!:-)
Kittenkat..thanks for info re picc as had it inserted yesterday and was given numbing cream, and local injection, plus offered sedation but managed fine without it. Felt like being at the dentist(knew they were there but did'nt feel a thing) great experience, dont know why i was worring and would really recommed it to anyone who is squimish re needles.
Can anyone enlighten me re all these scans. Had echocardiogram on Tuesday which was self explanatory (marker for heart health before chemo starts as if there was any cardio SE ie: breathlessness, pain etc, they have something to compare to). Then I had CT scan and thought this was to highlight any spread to bones etc: Then got another appt for bone scan where they give injection first and i asked was this for bone density and she said no it was to detect any spread to the bones?? Bit confused between this one and CT??
Anyways girls, all hooked up and ready for chemo on Tuesday 9th all being well. Big Hugs & wishes to everyone. xx
oh Debbie, I'm so so sorry for you. Here I am warbling on about my silly seroma.... just grit your teeth and fight it good and strong. we are all here to help you and support you in any way that we can. we may never meet but I think you guys know more about me than the staff Ive worked with for the last 10 years!!Big hugs and positive thoughts coming your way in big bucketsful!
welcome Gwennanne (Sandra?), havent started chemo yet, but the hair thing scares me far more than the BC or MX things did. Ive cried more for the hair I havent lost yet than I have over this whole horrid business
barbara how come your getting CT scan on a sunday?
loove and hugs to all the gang, I just cant settle tonight, got restless brain that keeps whirring and wont let me rest. I will have a new grandchild any day, so at least that is something to keep me going.. night night All.
Just joined forum, had mastectomy beginning April and started chemo 3 weeks ago, getting TC(can't remember what its full name) and due my second session on Monday, few strands of hair started to come out Tuesday, and today my hair is just falling out everytime I move my head, so tomorrow evening if I'm brave enough my hubby will do the honours, I never would have said I was vain but I'm in tears just thinking about it, so I'm another one in the same boat,just need to get on with it and remind myself the chemo is for my own good.
debbie, what a shock, you sound so positive. Big ((((hugs)))
Luv Pauline x
Thanks girls, I am seeing my Onc on Wednesday to find out how the mets change things (hopefully not too much). I feel much better about it now - it can be contained and you can live with it - thats what I needed to know. Had a message from a lovely lady who has lived with same thing for a number of years without too much trouble so I am ready and waiting for this hurdle to be jumped. Will let you know how it all goes - Mary i had it in 3/10 lymph nodes that they took during 1st WLE. Speak soon xx debbiexx
Debbie...so sorry to hear your news....bigs hugs and lots of kisses down the line to you....Glad your have ditched the other half..you need as much support as possible..We are here....
I have got my Ct scan this Sunday, they relasied they hadn't done 1 last week...so have to wait for the results...but hey, me positive too. If its there...why worry, that won't help..just get on with it. Thats how I have approached this whole dam thing...
Debbie, Just want you to know thta I am thinking of you. What a shock you never know waht is round the corner, this thing is big time crap. Keep your thoughts postive. I am sending you a great big hug. Marion x
Debbie, I am desperately sorry to hear yor news and there's me worrying about losing my hair!You sound very positive but it must be hell for you especially with no one by your side now and with a young son.I had a bone scan because of lymph involvement I presume it was the same with you.I'm sending you a big hug and wish you masses of luck x x
Pauline,So glad your CT scan was ok- what a relief x x
debbie - really shocked for you...(((hugs))) there is just toooooo much to all this isn't there - did you have a scan then or what - here they don't do scans routinely etc....can't remember your diagnosis or if you had nodes etc - there is always something else to think about with this bc business....take care, mary x
Hello girls, got a phone call then a visit from my GP at 8.30pm last night (ALARM BELLS RINGING OFF THE HOOK) to tell me that I have secondary bone mets. Went into complete panic and crying mode but feel lots better today - its not curable but very treatable and the 2 lots of chemo may already be hitting the bone "hot spots". Waiting to hear from the Onc to see if he wants to alter the treatment I am currently on. How may more shocks can one take?? Have now got to tell my 10 year old without alarming him cos I have a big family and the phone is already ringing.... but as i feel more positive about it I think I can put it over in a good way.
Glad you are ok Mumzy - just be a patient patient and the chemo will start soon - by the way I am single again - feel relieved actually and he didnt put up a fight so I am sure it was the right decision.
Daisy Daisy hope you can hang on to your hair - if it does go tho you WILL come to terms with it!
Lovely news Pauline about the CT scan - nearly there with the chemo - I am sure u will be fine with it.
Rachelfly - dont worry about sounding off on here, we all support each other and do what we can with sharing our experiences - you will find the strength cos you have to - dont forget that the chemo can make you depressed so dont suffer in silence.
anyway, speak soon girls, lots a love to us all xxdebbiexx
pauline Im so glad your CT was OK and glad you like your new boob too!! Im aware the seroma is back coz my arm pit has gone numb again, and Ive put the heavies on the Other Half to come next week (he meekly agreed especially as he got the date wrong and the exam is today not yesterday.....) It wont hurt him to see what Ive been doing all this time though!!
To all you girls who are having chemo this week, good luck and we are all thinking of you, we'll show 'em!!!!
Pauline, glad your new boob is ok!! and great news about CT scan!
love Debs x
Mumszy, Sorry I've only just got to you but I want you to know that I'm thinking of you and can quite understand how you would have felt not to get the support from your other half-but as you have already seen you have masses of support from everyone here and I'm so glad it has helped. Hang on in there and it will get going soon!Glad the new boob is ok xx
Beverly,So glad you are doing ok and hope you had a good day with your parents xx
rachelfly,this is one hell of journey and staying positive is not at all easy.I think we all have good days and bad days and you must not expect too much from yourself.keep in touch with everyone here and it will help get you through.xx
I am told that this is the time my hair will start to come out if it's going to so I wait and see. Have ordered the wig but am so hoping it will only thin as I am doing the cap.
Love to all xx
mumzy, got my new boob yesterday too, know what you mean about the weight but it is suprisingly comfortable. Just ready for taking it of in the evening. Have to be careful where i keep it, can you inagine taking it back with chunks missing where the pup has eaten it.
Got results from CT scan today.....ALL CLEAR.....some good news at last. Just waiting to start cemo next week now.
Luv Pauline x
Oh Thank you GIRLS!!!!
Well I got myself in a state and all for nothing because I havent started yet! Although the seroma is not as big as it was he refuses to start until its been this size for a week! so.... He'd better come next week or I shall do something scarey to him (maybe I should shave his head whilst asleep in premature sympathy for me???!!!) Oh well, thank you all kind ladies, all this sitting and waiting is really getting me down, Im usually so active and I'm beginning to feel such a fraud!!! Popped up to the ward where I work and seeing all those lovely babies makes me want to go back to work but Ive had definite 'no's' from my GP, Occupational health and the consultant so Id better obey! I got my new boob today, I feel quite ok with it actually, it fits nicely and looks identical to the other one! Hadnt realised how heavy 2 breasts are though and this one is lightweight!! Keep up the positive thoughts Gang!!
I started chemo on the 27th of May.
I have felt really rough and it has hit me that is going to be a rather difficult and long road.
has anyone going through the same feelings?
I have gone back to work but cannot really concentrate .
in normal time I am a happy,positive person. But i never imagined that you had to find that much strenght to carry on with your life.
Sorry if i sound so self pity as many people going the same thing and doing so well
Hi Mumzy, dont stress honey, they really are from a different planet to us !! Have they said at the hospital its ok to go alone - I would be happy to go on my own now I am used to it all cos i have a 40 mile round trip but one of the drugs makes me feel a little woozy so they insist I am driven - might be worth checking? Does the other half realise its just an hour or two out of his day?? Whatever transpires, i am sure you will be fine - all this just makes you stronger. The chap I am seeing is not that supportive and I am on the brink of calling it a day - got too much going on to worry about him so to speak - he rang last night to tell me he has a touch of hayfever - I had just had my head shaved and look like my grandad - and he had a sniffle and was moaning AAARRRGGGHHH! Stand tall, smile and sod em all! Let us know how it all goes - but I know you will sail thru, lots of hugs and positive thoughts coming your way, xx debbiexx
Well, I've started my FEC now and am quite surprised at how well it went and how spritely I'm feeling today (having said that I'm still sat up in bed!). I had a bit of a wobble at the hospital yesterday - almost passing out when they inserted the canulat - but I think that was more from anticipation of what it meant than the jab itself. The nurses were wonderful and so patient with me - although my husband was there for support, and passing me glasses of water - there were a few people there on their own and I think they had been sat together so they could chat - and more nurses sat with them too - good luck Mumzy if you do start today - it's not as bad as I expected, honest!
I was a bit sick last night and have had a bit of tingling in my hands and feet - as if I had tight rubber gloves on, but that's passing.
My parents are visiting me from Kent today (I'm in Edinburgh) and I'm really looking forward to seeing them - it's been really hard for them being so far away and hearing about all this from a distance.
I feel very positive this morning and hope that the rest of the treatment carries on like this.
all the best to you all
I went on my own and it was cool. The nurses are wonderful. I agree he owes you a big treat out. Ordered my wig today,on my own, should be here early next week. Lots of sparkly diamond days to you all Susie. Why don't they have any emoticons on this board?
listen mumzy - you might be better on your own - these men fret like mad bless 'em and sometimes us girlies just sort it out - the nurses are great and so are the other patients etc etc....you'll be ok and feel better for getting first one out of the way - just get your own back and tell him he owes you a fancy meal out towards the end of this cycle or a break away on your own with him!! mary x
Sorry to hear about your other half, Thats men for you. I bet his son would sooner be with his mates than stuck with his Dad. Do you not have a friend to go with you? When I had mine I was suprised at the number of people on there own so I am sure they will be other people in your session that are on they own. The nurses tended to sit these people together.
Take Care Marion xx
Hei I start chemo tomorrow 4 June 2009 as well.
Dear Mumszy I am sorry that he who thinks he is probably boss will not be with you tommorrow, my husband has offered but I know how busy he is at work, and any way he is not good at sitting and doing nothing. I wish I could be with you, are not by chance in Bodø Norway.
to all us wonderful women, lets kick some cancer butt.
Oh Guys, I just cant believe it,I maybe start chemo tomorrow and my significant other who promised to see me through all this together, tells me he cant be with me tomorrow as its his sons last 'A'level today and he has to be at home with him.... For gods sake he's 18 1/2 not a kid why doesnt he go out with his friends? So after all the hype and promises I have to go alone... I feel so let down with everything and everyone today... and definitely losing any positve feelings Ive ever had. Im back to my crying again...HELP!
Hi girls, what a positive lot we are !!
Will be with you all the way next week Pauline - its so much better once you get started.
Susie, my hair folicles really hurt went the hair loss was really severe but tonight my pal shaved the lot off - it was really really exhilarating. I am sure the wig and scarves will be more comfy now. I had a wig malfunction in Sainsburys today - when i am in public I cant stop tugging and smoothing it and by the time I got to the tills the fringe was near my left earhole LOL. Back in the car I had to take it off and start again - a guy sitting in his car opposite nearly choked. It really is quite funny.
Mumszy, good luck with getting a date to start - not sure about being charged by customs for scarves - try googling a question on it??
G'night all, hope tomorrow brings us all good things xx debbiexx
Day 13 and I feel normal Apart from a cough which my GP gave me some jollop for. I have been to town and had my short hair cut even shorter. The first thing I do every morning is run my finger thorough my hair checking for loss but so far nothing. I am not sure how I’ll feel when it starts to go as I am at the hairdressers every month normally( think of the money I’ll save!!!!) I am going to pick my wig up on Friday and my hairdresser is going to tart it up for me. No more bad hair days eh Girls!. I have got some scarf’s as well I got mine from Headcovers on the internet. They come from America only took 4 day and are really pretty. I have had a go at making a couple but m not very good with a sewing machine no patients.
I am now back driving which is great I was beginning to feel very house bound. I have had two ops in the last 2 months. I had WLE and sentential node biopsy at the end of March. They found cancer in the 3 nodes so that meant having a full auxiliary clearance and more margin needed removing from the breast.
I do agree that you need to remain positive I think it really help get you through this. I am determined that its not going to beat me I’ll beat it. I have a holiday planned for Oct and nothing is going to stop me going on that as I have already had 2 cancelled.
Mumszy, I was feeling tired before I found out I have cancer I though mine was the fact that i had 2 month of work with a bad knee and going back to work was tiring me out.
Take care all Marion xx
hi beverly, sorry you had to join us, i bet your head is spinning, how quick things are moving for you. You will get lots of support from here. I am due to start FEC next week and am hoping to get results from CT scan tomorrow, if they are back.
Looks like we have a good gang to get us through this together, we will do it girls!!!!
Hi mary hows it going, not long left fot you now!
Luv to you all...Pauline xxx
Just dropping in to say I am on Day 9 today and so far so good. I have managed to work, had a game of golf, 18 holes at the weekend . Off to Feel Good Look Better later on today for the wig, not looking forward to the wig at all. Having friends round for a wig/photo party on Friday. I am getting my long hair cut short on Friday, Day 11, thinking 2 inches long or so. Has anyone had pain from hair loss? I keep reading about it on the American board. Does anyone getting A/C use the cold cap and does it work? It is not available in NZ as far as I can see.
Enjoy the sunshine, freezing cold down here. Susie
bev - good luck for today, I'm wishing n hoping that it all goes ok for you. I shall know my fate tomorrow and will be a classmate of yours soon, I expect either this thursday or next, I have to wait to see what the oncologist says to me tomorrow.
hi everyone else, what else do I need to get in store apart from pineapple chunks? I might as well get to the shops while I can.
I ordered some lovely headscarves from America (called Beaubeau) they are fabulous only downside is customs have charged me £21.20p to bring them into the country! Considering they are for medical use I think thats outrageous.... any ideas anyone??
Hi Bev, I hope your treatment went ok today and it wasnt as awful as we all imagine. My worst SE (apart from being a baldie) is the sick feeling and indegestion but it only lasts a few days with me - pineapple chunks are brill for the metallic taste u get. How often are they blasting you and how many Fec u gotta have?? I am managing to work and still do all the things a mum has to (altho I am partaking a short nap before I start the evening meal and this seems to set me up nicely). I am on my own with my 10 yr old son and nothing gets in the way of dinner !! I am sure you will find it all bearable as you go along. Lots of luck to you and everyone else of course xx debbie xx
ps hope it was a good brekkie!!
hi Bev - sorry you've had to join us but you're very welcome and I'm sure you'll find it a real help - just helps to know that others are going thru similar etc - are you having chemo first then if you were only diagnosed 2 wks ago? Just being nosey!! My best friend from school went thru chemo first then had her mastectomy recently, I had surgery first, wle and node clearance and the 3 fec and just had 2 nd of 3 tax.....do you have family at all? Like everyone says once you get the ball rolling and the first one underway it goes fine and we manage somehow to just take it in our stride - but shout any time there's always someone about!! mary x
Thanks for your messages already - I think I'm going to be on here quite a bit as I've learnt lots from the tips pages and generally how people have dealt with all this. It will be a great place of support.
I didn't sleep very well last night (I'm not surprised) but just taking today one step at a time. I got a call from the ward yesterday saying I had a slightly abnormal blood test result so could I eat a fatty breakfast today - you don't often hear medical people say that - but if they insist!
I'm not sure if it's going to be too much for one day but I'm also getting my hair cut off this morning - whilst I'm feeling down I might as well get a few things out the way. I had a wig fitting yesterday and am quite pleased with what my new style will be - my husband reckons it's time for a change of style anyway as I've been long for years.
I'm a bit apprehensive about the side effects of FEC having read some of the posts, but we'll see how it goes. I've been signed off work for 6 weeks but might want to get back to the normal world before then, if I feel up to it.
Gosh you are all a such a positive bunch re chemo, its great to know things are going really well for you all.
Back after a wee weekend away and way too much sun, but hey gotta make the most of it before next week!! Had CT scan today and have had iffy tum all day after drinking, which can only be described as a litre of liquid, that smelt like pernod(wishful thinking)!! But all in all quick and painless and another thing done with. Heart scan tomorrow morn and picc line going in on Thurs, ready for first FEC on Tues morn. Mumszy think we will be starting around the same time now that your seroma seems to be settling!
sent you a wee PM. You're doing great, plus will have to try the lucozade!
Had a giggle re; the bit about whipping the wig off as soon as you got through the door, as I had music on in the back ground and Tom Jones came on singing 'you can leave your hat on'! think we need to make this our signature song and change the lyrics to 'you can leave your wig on'! sounds so much better!!:-)
As Daisy said i think its the 'not knowing' that's worst rather than the treatment itself, but its such an individual thing, just wish i could turn my imagination off for alittle while!:-) Big well wishes for tomorrow. xx
Off to bed now, shattred! Big Hugs everyone x
Hi Marion, I am also on day 11 and feeling good. Definately not as bad as I thought but maybe we are just lucky and it could all change.Felt a bit odd last week but no probs this week.I'm back at work and trying to go on as normal.Sorry you will miss a special birthday party with your grand daughter, but there will be more, just keep looking forward.
Hi Alice,glad you are back with the gang and able to party- good for you.xx
Welcome Beverley, As you will have already seen in some of these postings, the start of this horrid journey is not always as bad as we think.Wishing you lots of love and luck for tomorrow xx
Mumszy, Really hope you get to start soon xx
Hope everyone else is doing ok xx
Hi everyone - I've just registered on here and due to start my first dose of FEC chemo tomorrow afternoon and am looking for people to share experiences and emotions with. It's been a whirlwind since my diagnosis with BC 2 weeks ago after everyone was convinced it was nothing to worry about. But it's all moving so quickly I've not had too long to worry myself sick about it all.
I am absolutely terrified but after visiting the ward last week following my consultation, my mind was put at ease a bit seeing the 'relaxed' surroundings and what exactly will happen to me tomorrow. I look forward to hearing how others have fared with the start of their treatment.
Hi end of May gang. Had my first FEC on 26, day 1 and 2 were bad but getting back to normal since then. Even went to a party Friday night with my husband, stayed in a hotel and had my little girl looked after for the night and for most of the rest of the day.
I had all the FEC combat tips printed out, and think that lucozade is my new best friend! Hair still in once piece, but being chopped short on Wednesday.
Anyone else had funny medium range blurred vision? had my eyes tested recently so don't think it is that. Apart from a small number of minor side effects, it is really not as bad now. Queasiness is like morning sickness, so just following my tummy!
What a downside though, it's not good to be out in the sun is it.x
Glad to be back posting and catching up!
Sending lots of love Alice xx
hello all, been back to the Hospital and had 100mls drained from my seroma again... However I have an appointment for Weds to see the oncologist so maybe this week or next that I start chemo....
Hello Marion - glad you're on the path now - take it easy and dont over do it - I too am having an ok time with the chemo. I went back to school today after half term and I am wearing my wig - woopee - it is a bit itchy but I have had lovely comments and none of the children (special needs) have sussed it yet and boy they would come straight out with it, so I am hoping its as natural to my old hair as it can be - cant wait to get home tho and whip it off LOL hope everyone is having a good day, love to all Debbie xx
hi marion - glad its going ok and you're getting on top of it, just listen to your body.....I'm sure your grandaughter will have a lovely tea party for you to enjoy once you're home...mary x
I started my chemo I am now on day 11. It’s not a bad as I expected Think I had the worst case in my thoughts and that for me helps as when it not it’s a bonus. Crazy I know. I am now stuck at home as I had to go back to hospital on Friday with a sore throat and mouth. They were on about keeping me in as my white blood cells have almost disappeared; luckily the doc was ok with me coming home as there was nothing else wrong with me. I have to be careful that I don’t pick up anything else. At least this stuff is working if its killing the good cells think what it’s doing the bad boys!!!!!!!!!!! so I’m staying here until they say my cells are ok. Hopefully not too long, I am missing my Granddaughter's 2nd birthday today which is really rubbish, but when I am ok we will have a tea party for her.
I have to say i feel normal today have just been to the docs for a blood test keeping my finger and toes crossed that the whte cellls are fights back. I also drove for the fist time in 2 months as my OH is working the other side of town felt good to be out and indapendant again.
Enjoy the sun (well the shade) Take care Marion xx
waiting to go in and have a root channel or a smear test......
Hello All, the Independant today's headlines said how great vitamin D is in preventing cancer, so get out there and safely enjoy the rays....!! My seroma is still growing, arm really sore today so I'm sure i wont be buying the tickets this week Pauline but maybe we will be twins next week? I just want to get this over with, its a bit like waiting outside the headmasters study......!!!!
Hey Pauline, you go for it - I spoke to a lady who has used the cap all the way through and her hair just thinned and looked absolutely fine - I even qutie liked the "brain freeze" feeling but then I am a bit weird. I didnt feel like reading tho cos my eyes felt a bit funny but I would have deffo continued if it had worked - in my case all was well until about day 16 after 1st chemo then it went pretty much in a week but as i said before you do accept it and come to terms with it and now I am not stressing about it. Its a lovely day in Norfolk and I think I will take my little un (10 yr old son) to the beach for a couple of hours both slathered in factor 30 - I will miss not tanning a bit this year - have to ask if we can fake it eh? Have a lovely day, luv n hugs Debbie xx