I'm having my third and final dose of FEC today too - at 3pm.
Will be thinking of you, Bellablue1.
Halfway is definitely good, but I'm not looking forward to changing over to the 3 doses of T.
I am going to be very glad to get to April, when chemo will be a thing of the past!
Hi sarahmummy, I had my bloods taken at the end of November and was told it would take between 12--16 weeks.I am hoping to get them before end of chemo last week in march. My original treatment plan by surgeon is WLE however if results are positive he said we would be looking at double mastectomy and possibly oopherectomy, I am hopeful my results will be negative although wont hold my breath, whatever the outcome I am prepared to do whatever is neccessary to increase my chances of survival and prevent any re-occurence.
Hi Jacquie, good luck with your oncologist appt today.
I beleive the tax is just part of the treatment plan designed to give best results for the type of cancer we have. I was put on tax after 2nd fec as oncologist wanted to optimise my tumour's response to chemo so it must be stronger stuff. I also noticed a difference in my breast shape and lump does not feel solid anymore,my skin has also puckered quite a bit and breast nurse said this could be due to tumour shrinking and skin being pulled in.
As I am triple negative, chemo and radiotherapy are the only treatments on offer so although my se's have been horrible on tax i am prepared to suffer for a week or so after each treatment to get the results thats needed.
I am also waiting on results of genetic testing for BRAC gene (family history) which will determine what surgery I will be getting.
Hi wyn, sorry to hear you had bad se. Glad you're feeling better now. Please take care, eat well, drink plenty of water, rest, short walk...hope the second one is easier.
thinking of you
I'm also worried about starting T but we have to do it and yes looking forward to finish the treatmet in March!!!
happy birthday SJB and Sarahmummy,hope you have a lovely day. I have had a horrible week since 1st Tax last friday, took allergic reaction chest and neck in rash,joint and bone pain horrendous especially in sternum,spine and legs and very weak, sore mouth and no taste,
at one point felt I could not go through with another three sessions and i was on the verge of giving up, however today I am feeling almost normal and still achy but not in a lot of pain (hooray). I have been taking paracetamol and ibrufen,hot baths and constant hot water bottles,also pineapple juice,sweets and chunks for my mouth. I think I will need stronger painkillers next time and possibly antihistamine for allergy.
Not everyone has severe side effects and I hope yours are all minimum when yous go on to Tax. Only 3 more to go 😞 . We will all get through this, roll on end March so we can all spring into the summer with the dreaded chemo behind us.
sending lots of hugs
Good morning Joanne, good luck with treatment tomorrow. Thinking of you.
My biggest fear was to lose my hair but now I'm ok and it doesnt matter anymore. When I went for fec2 I talked to my nurese and she helped me to decide.
One of my friends said to me " whatever dececion you make make sure you're happy and grow as a person"
Happy Birthday dear SJB and Sarah! Hope you have a great day and everything goes well with fec 3. Thinikng of you
Take care angels xx
So glad to hear you're on the up again, Jacquie. We all have our ups and downs.
Gladly having found each other, we can offload here without fear of repercussions because we all understand what the others are going through.
Have a great lunch with your daughter and enjoy the choir practice tonight. How wonderfully rewarding. Good for you. x
Well, today is my birthday. It's also Sarahmummy's birthday, and she has her third FEC session today. Good luck, Sarah. Rooting for you. x
Thanks Ro, I like your sense of humor 🙂 you've been very supporting and inspiring.
All the December Angels are amazing and I feel very supported by you all.
I was wondering if cancer is male as well 🙂 in my case it might be
Yes it's time to surround ourselves with good thing and stay away from anything that causes stress and focus on the light at the end of tunnel
Hi Joanne, I felt the cold cap was not working for me because I had pain and was stressed all the time. So I decided to stop using the cold cap and focus on my treatment. I feel much better now and I know this is only temporary. time flies anyway! 3 more cycles and we're done with chemo. I think the last one is in March
I also heard some people used the cold cap and it worked for them.
Good bye Fec! Thanks for your help 🙂
Hi girls, hope you're all feeling better today. I had my last fec today. Have 3 T to do. Saw the oncologist yesterday, he said the lump is smaller. I tried to convince him that I might not need T because fec was doing a good job but he convinced me that I do need T. I asked him if there is anything I can do to prevent the side effects and he said no, just a good diet. Lets be strong and positive, hopefully it's getting easier. I know second fec for me was much easier than the first one.
I lost most of my hair but It doesn't matter. It comes back again. I love my wig and wonder why I never used wig before! I'm learning more about healthy living and how to look good 🙂
Take care everyone xoxox
Thanks, Caroline. I just had a lovely chat with my District Nurse when she came to flush my PICC line. I'm glad I live here in the UK, where we have such wonderful nurses and medical staff to help us through all this.
On the whole, I do manage to keep in good spirits, as I keep reminding myself that all this stuff is going to save my life. It's just hard going through it, isn't it.
My treatment is due to go on into next year, when will finally have reconstruction surgery, if everything goes to plan. Feels like a lifetime away right now.
But hearing from other ladies like yourself, who have already come out the other side of all this, does help. Thank you.
Hi, I'm from the December 2012 chemo thread, and this time last year I was on my second dose of FEC, having a horrible time, and generally losing the will to live. It seemed as if cancer was now my whole life, and as if chemo would go on forever.
It wasn't and it didn't. The treatment was truly vile - all of it , including the radiotherapy afterwards - but now I'm fine, I have got my life back and the cancer treatment all seems like a bad dream. Sometimes I can't quite believe that I actually had chemo, but I've still got a scar on my wrist to prove it..
I just wanted to wish you all the best of luck, and remind you that this, too, shall pass, and more quickly than you think.
This is a very exclusive club, isn't it. We can all moan at each other, we can all cry with each other.
And we can all live on together.
Just keep reminding yourselves that all this crap is worth it. It'll save our lives, and make sure we live on to have many more birthdays. It's just a blip. In time, we'll look back on it, maybe not with fond memories, but maybe we'll at least be grateful for the friends that we made during this difficult time.
Jacqui, take all the time you need. i know what you mean about how you're feeling. I've been like that a lot during this cycle. When I hear from you, we'll sort things out so you can join the Fac ebook group. No rush. x
Wow joanne that's great you went to look good feel better workshop! I'm looking for one near my home.
Thanks everyone for your support and encouragement
I'm now on day 14 post FEC#2. Still recovering. The tiredness hasn't really gone away, and I've had other niggling side effects that have prevented me getting on with anything. Can't believe number 3 is next wednesday. I am beginning to wonder if I will have any normal days before it!
I got my wig last Monday and have worn it out twice. Have also had lots of compliments and some people didn't realise it was a wig (most people know).
Hi everyone, it's very quiet here! Hope everyone is ok. I'm not happy today 😞 the last few days I was really well for the first time since october but tomorrow I have another treatment fec 3. Last time I felt very tired for 12 days snd spent most of the time in bed. Please pray for me
By the way I used my wig twice and everyone said my hair looks very nice! 🙂
thanks Ro21, yes everything went ok, had a little reaction to tax,face neck and chest area very flushed looking and a little breathless but settled down quite quickly ( apparently one of the se's).although felt I hit a brick wall of tiredness when I got home this may have been a combination of only having two hrs sleep the night before so slept on and off throughout the day. feeling better now thankfully. was giving neulasta injection to take to help with wbc and was told by chemo unit to expect some joint pain within next few days,so hopefully se's are minimal.
Jemp0802 - I have now sent you two private messages to try and help you join the Facebook group, but you haven't replied yet. Have you seen them?