Come and join us on the August chemo starter thread. There are lots of ladies who have just started who hopefully will be able to support and advise you. I had mine last year, so can tell you my experiences and give you advice as much as possible.
Re. preparation..... The first week of chemo is the hardest. This is when the fatigue is challenging and the nausea kicks in. So what I always recommend is to prepare for that week. Eg, get the food shopping and the washing done. Make sure the kids are all set for school. If you get any offers of help, accept it for that week. You may heed help with the school run. Make sure you have all the medication that you might need. Then you can take it really easy! Hopefully, the remaining weeks you will feel fine.
In terms of hair loss, this starts about week 3. So have a think about how to deal with that...hair cut, scarf or wig? That is one of the hard things about chemo, so be prepared as much as possible.
Hope this all helps.