The cold cap is not as bad as I feared and definately worth a go. It does not work for everyone and they don't know why but I can give you some tips.
Make sure you take a couple of nuerofen or similar about half an hour before your appointment and make sure you take a flask of hot tea or coffee so that you have it ready to pick up and drink as soon as they turn it on. They do have a drinks trolley but if you have just missed it you will be miserable. I am sure that is why I was OK with it and never got an ice headache.
I found it a bit spiteful for 5 minutes but then your head goes numb and it is fine after that. The chin strap can be a nuisance but it has to be tight to keep the cap in place so don't have it slack. Someone gave me those pointers and I am glad to share.
None of this is easy but the chemo, the cold cap the injections etc just rolled into one big thing of "got to got through somehow" issues that I faced. After that it was the getting to the hospital at 9am every weekday for 5 weeks for the radiotherapy.
Looking back I don't know how I did it but I did as so will you xxx
I'm in two minds about trying the cold cap blueash, how doable did you find it? xx
Well good riddance to the ex is what I say.
I had my implants removed because they said the same thing - the radiotherapy would be difficult for them. Plus I was having chemo anyway so I thought I may was well be flat chested as well as bald but the cold cap worked a treat and honestly I don't look a lot different with the implants gone. I had a lump removed not a total mastectomy.
We are a good and supportive crowd on here so you won't be alone and to be honest virtual friends that know what you are going through are better than real people that don't have a clue.
I can't help re the implant query as i don't have any, but just wanted to welcome you to the forum and let you know that you will get lots of support here and I'm sure there will be some answers to your queries.
People really can be crass can't they - there is no "good" cancer -though i guess she is right in a way as there are many sucessful treatment options. But we are allowed to say things like that about our own cancer, but people who don't have breast cancer aren't!!!!!! (They aren't allowed to tell us to be positive either. )
I'm sorry you feel so alone - this cancer journey can be a lonely one anyway, since no-one can really know what it is like unless they have had cancer, but the support of friends is still very important. You may well find that even though they are busy, your friends will want to support you in different ways, even if they can't attend appointments with you. I live alone so didn't even think to take anyone with me when I got my results from the diagnostic tests, and I took myself to all my radiotherapy sessions, though i did get a lift to hospital for my surgery and home again afterwards. Use this forum, and also there is a confidential helpline you may want to access. It's very early days - less than a week since you were given the diagnosis - and it does take a while to get your head around it all. Take it steady. xxx