Well that's the first chemo done - unfortunately they had problems with staffing etc and I had to wait 3 hours before starting -not good. I had the cold cap and after the first few minutes I thought it was okay and will continue - I had to ask them if it was working part way through. Now to 3 days of drugs followed by 5 days of injections before the next lot in 3 weeks. No alcohol with one of the pills -what a blow lol
Sperry - I'm HER2 positive too - was only expecting lumpectomy and rads but then told after op my small stage and grade 1 was HER2+ so must admit I did break down at that point. Anyway onwards and upwards - I'm having 12 rounds of taxol, rads, herceptin and anastrozole as its also ER+. Glad to hear it went well yesterday - very reassuring xx
Thanks Nico for starting this thread. Starting chemo next Tuesday, 7th July and not sure what to expect. This is my first posting but have been getting lots of helpful advice from this fantastic website which has given me reassurance and confidence knowing other people are on this roller coaster journey. Fiday is chemo talk and a visit to the Unit so Tuesday hopefully will not feel so daunting Daughter home this week so we are going wig hunting;never thought I would wear a wig so should be a laugh. I am having Fec x 3 plus T x 3 followed by radiotherapy and Tamoxifen.
Sunny weather outside and so glad had my hair cut shorter. Sending best wishes to all and I am here to join the virtual hand holding.
I don't envy you the decision. It's really not easy & in a way I'm glad I didn't have a choice, odd though that might sound. Maybe phone the helpline to discuss? Life certainly can be pretty **bleep**, I agree.
Hope you find your answer soon.
You're very welcome to this thread. I hope you enjoy your holiday before the chemo onslaught begins.
It's great that you get to see the suite in advance with your nurse to reassure you. I hope the same will happen to me - not sure if it's standard.
Hair loss is a scary thought, isn't it? I don't think I'm going to try the cold cap, so I guess I'll be joining you in wig shopping. Maybe something funky.....?
Have a lovely holiday.
Very best wishes for your first chemo session. I really hope it goes well & that you find any fears are not realised. At least it's the right weather for a cold cap! (That is if it's hot where you are.) I've heard that the PICC line is nothing to worry about & makes blood tests etc much easier for you.
I agree family & friends aren't always the best people to talk to, as they either express their own fears without thinking how it will affect you, or they gloss over the situation which leaves you feeling lonely. I think it's definitely something you have to experience to really understand, unfortunately.
Sending virtual hugs
I will be starting chemo in just 3 hours - a walk into the unknown regarding the side effects - hopefully none!! Going to try the cold cap so not sure how that will go but have read lots about it - maybe too much. Family and friends not always that helpful really because they can't understand - "all you have to do is sit there with a drip in your arm". Apparently my veins don't look too promising so may have a PIC line instead - great. Will let you know how it goes.
I may be able to join you, have a week from today to decide whether or not to have chemotherapy, advice is to have it but I have to make the decision. Aghh I am in a quandary. Life's **bleep** ain't it x
I have an appointment with the oncologist on Thurs 2/7 to discuss my chemotherapy arrangements & wondered if anyone else will be embarking on this unwanted journey with me. If so, perhaps we can hold hands virtually as we go through it?
Best wishes to all fellow travellers on the BC road.