Hiya ladies, popping in fron the Nov thread, pleased to see you are all coping X regarding the nails, I was told better to wear dark nail varnish on the Tax as it can make them discolour - something to do with the reaction to light. I've had 5 sessions and always worn dark and my nails have stayed the same colour, a little more brittle but still ok - touch wood xxxx
take care all
What do you all think about the painting your nails dark?? I know that the nails can suffer after chemo ends but does the nail varnish trick really work?? And do you really need to paint your toenails too??
Hi Sal, I am about to go into week 3 from my secong dose of chemicals (Jan starter) and again I'm feeling completely normal, fit and well. So I'll be spending this week going out and about and also filling the freezer with meals to get us through the following week when I will be floored again. It was this time after my first dose that I walke into a hairdressers and asked them to shave off my hair! She didn't, she scissored it to a number 3 equivalent. I could pull it out quite easily! 3 weeks later and although I am pretty much bald, I still have hair which I can't easily pull out although I am expecting it to be gone completely in the next few weeks. It amuses me as I wash it daily in the shower using as much shampoo as I always did!!! I hasn't bothered me as much as I thought it would, but having to hoover it up off the bed everyday was beginning to be a pain!
Hope everyone else is doing well, and good luck to any of you having your first or next dose next week.
Take care, Kim xxx
Thank you for the words of support. I know that the thinking about it is probably worse than actually doing it. I will be 'cold capping' which will add time to the treatment but I want to at least give it go.
What are the steroids which they give you? Are they part of the anti sickness regime?
Hi Ali, try not to worry. I haven't felt sick at all after taking all the anti sickness medicine. A bit 'hungover' but otherwise ok. I gave my own injection yesterday and it was fine, it didn't even hurt (no sense no feeling?) but you can always arrange for someone to come and it for you. Just try and 'go with it' it's a means to an end! Xxx
Hi Ali-b don't be worried, I felt a bit sick for a couple of days but I am ok now. My problem is sleeping I was up this morning at 3-30 wide awake. As for the injections I can't do it my self so got a nurse to do it. I know exactly how you feel I was in the same place as you. I worked myself up for nothing.
You our will be fine let me know how it goes.
sue x X 😍
Hi LelIie think this head thing is because of the steroids, my head was ok when I got up this morning took them and I was drunk lol. Felt tired to day though. Had to do house work and move some furniture. More then lightly pay for it tomorrow. I have got to have 12 of the bloody things. A whole year with an op in the middle.
Have been having an emotional day today but wanted to report on the PICC. Yesterday it was pigging awful, sore painful etc, it got me really really down. Today it has settled and I hope that's the worst of it. Not looking forward to having to have it covered for showers and flushed weekly as once again I am at the mercy of everything else out there but I know that my little veins often struggle with canulars and the pain sometimes when liquid is forced it has been unbearable in the past so PICC it is.
If all is good, first EC this Wednesday, feels unreal.
this is getting to be a busy thread !!! What amazes me is the amount of ladies that have the dreaded 'c', everyone knows somebody. My hair is coming out a bit today, I was knitting and noticed my hairs on the black wool !!!!! I cold capped and will do again on Tuesday in the hope that I can keep some of my hair. Getting a bit anxious for the 2nd cycle, I am going to drink loads of water on Monday in preparation. I hope you are all as OK as you can be. I have done a list of appointments and cross them off as I go along.
Just off to tea at my sons, belated birthday celebration,
Big Hugs to you all Xxxxx
Hi girls, well not feeling to bad. Nurse has been round for my injections. The only thing I am finding is the tablets are making my stomach sore like heartburn. Done house work as the old man went out. Keep feeling hungry. I can't keep the water up as I keep on peeing me self 😜😜😜😜😜. Had a hour nap at 12 o'clock. Still got me funny head. 😳😳😳😳.
My next chemo is in 3 weeks.
Hope everyone one who is having there's this week gets on ok.
Love Sue X X X
Morning All. Well, 1st FEC done yesterday. Feel surprisingly well (so far!). Gave my injection with no problems this morning. Decided not to go down the cold cap route so on the look out for places to order some nice turbans/ headscarves if anyone has any suggestions? Hoping that this 'hungover' feeling is not going to get worse but not holding my breath as its early days! Our son and his new girlfriend are coming round this evening which is something to look forward to.
hope you aren't feeling to bad Sue? We have started together so it will be good to hear how you are getting on. One down only 5 to go!
Have a good/ restful weekend xx
Hi all x nice to read your mess daisy , I'm on my third day of 1st Fec-t feel very queasiness , and can't seem to get warm , I also have the head thing going x so all doable so far , I'm rubbish when I'm ill live on my own x and not good on my own when I'm ill but girlfriend stayed over nite just for reassurance x no need though x I just hope for me you and others it stays like this x fingers crossed but not expecting it x love and big big hugs to all xxx love Jill
Hi Em in for the long haul then! My Oncologist said that he is so glad he can give Herceptin to all who need it now as it is a big of a wonder drug. It may take us a bit longer but it will be worth it in the end x
Jan/Carol hope week three is treating you well and you are feeling rejuvinated, its just a shame it has to start all over again - Carol you are right - a real roller coaster, hope the hair situation hasn't got you down too much Jan, I know we are all expecting it but when it actually happens must be a shocker x
Sal I think you are right about the medals, I'm older than you (47) and experienced what I think was my first flush on Wednesday night - thought my head was going to pop was a good girl and took my temperature though - just in case lol x
Sue/Lellie rest and keep drinking the water for as long as you can, not sure if it has made any difference but I've been chugging down at least 3L per day - my side effects have been virtually unnoticeable, hope you both have the same x
Ali - thats the needle bit done now, you wont have any hassle - much quicker than being cannula'd every time (I wasn't brave enough to do the PICC)
Mmey - haven't seen you pop up for a while, hope you've been doing ok.
Sorry if I've missed anyone - if I have - hope you are doing OK.
Not sure if you all have something similar but I've had a leaflet from my local Cancer Support Centre today, I can join for £10 and get some fabulous sounding complementary therapies to assist with relaxation etc - might take a look next week.
In the meantime, hope you all have the best weekend you can.
Hugs, Sarah xx
Hi ladies sorry can't remember your names lol had my 1st chemo yesterday got worked up so bad had to take Valium. But it was nothing like I imagined. They did have trouble finding the vine in my hand, they had my hand in and out of buckets of hot water. She found it in the end. Then off we go. Red liquid 4 of these. The something else. Oh yes before this 4 tablets. By now wanted a wee so goes for a wee and me wee is bright red now I panic told the nurse she said it was the red stuff they were putting in my veins what ninny lol lol.
today I am tired, do feel sick but it the feeling in my head that horrible. Oh yes got 5 injections to have over the next 5 days.
Now to any of you girls who are having this done please please don't worry there is not one on this earth worse then me.
if I can do it you can to.
wishing you all good luck. And remember may the force be with you.😜
x X X X
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Morning sal, had chemo yesterday, was not as bad as I thought feel silly now getting myself so worked up. Feel sick have done all night I got up at 4 this morning can't stand laying in bed. The only thing I don't like is the feeling in my head it's like I have had a few drinks. Is this normal? The nurses where so nice nothing was to much trouble I even had a lady do some reflexology on me while having the treatment. Then came home to find my daughter had been in doors and brought me some roses and a lovely card.
So must say to all the girls no is a worse worrier then me, it was fine.
love Sue X X
just one more thing I don't know if I am using this sight properly I don't get any notification e mails when one of you ladies reply is that right.
Having my PICC line put in tomorrow and feeling nervous 😕 I have annoyingly small veins, I hope they manage.
Hi Em, are you having Herceptin too?
Hi Sue, hope it went ok today and wasn't as bad as you feared. Rest now and drink lots of water.
Sue, I've been thinking about you today and wondering how you are getting on. Xx
Lellie, it never rains but it pours, kitchen refit.....woh, still it'll be worth it. You'll have to get a bell and ring for hubbie when you need something ! Remember the sooner you start the sooner the sessions will be over. Will be thinking of you. Xx
Lesley, thank you that was a big boost from you. X I agree the forum is such a valued support for all of us, you never feel alone Xx
Sal, anxiety is a horrible thing, I can be fine and then something triggers me and my heart races and I feel out of control. I have a brilliant support network, but they can't really understand like the ladies on here can. Xx
Jan, how are you today ?
i had a trip to the doctors to get cream for itchy skin and my eyes are sore, might as well make use of the free prescriptions. I have Aveena and Celluvisc eye solution.
Big Hugs to you all 💐Xxxx
Hi All, it's been a busy day today! Had my appointment with the oncologist to hear about the treatment plan - FEC -TH. She couldn't find out the start date for the chemo but about 4pm this afternoon I had a call to say that I had already been booked in! Appointment with the nurse to go through things tomorrow morning and then chemo starts on Friday!!! A bit of a surprise but I suppose it's good to start on the journey. Feeling a bit emotional tonight and also apprehensive about Friday. A friend is coming with me as my husband has to stay at home as we will have the builders in replacing the kitchen! Why does everything always happen at once?
good wishes to all. Xxx
you will be fine, we were all like that the first time. Fear of the Unknown but it doesn't take long. You will be given all the meds to help with side effects. I agree with Jan just drink plent tonight tomorrow and the day after. Eat whatever you fancy, I loved jelly babies the first night and ginger biscuits, just like being pregnant!!!!
sending you BIG HUGS XXX
Good evening ladies, I am of for my first chemo tomorrow. Can't eat tonight so worried about the side effects.
You all seem so strong
sue smith X X X
Hi Sal and Jan
my next treatment is 23rd, blood tests and meet with oncologist on 22nd. I am having 3 X FEC then 3 X T followed by operation. You poor love on Valentine's Day, I actually don't even feel like eating out as I don't have a huge appetite!! I'd rather go to friends and families homes to eat as don't feel up to crowds of people. Mind you I have always been a bit like that anyway, but now I'm just more anxious !!!!!!
Jan, I hope you are feeling better, enjoy your day planning baby stuff.....so exciting. The North Sea, you're brave....I get sea sick going to the Isle of Wight !!!!!!!
going to take dog for a walk and visit mum today.
Big Hugs Xxx
Thanks Sissy, glad you've come through the chemo ok.
Jan, Amsterdam sounds wonderful, it really is something to look forward to, think I will plan a break.
Sue-good luck for Thursday, you will be fine...always the fear of the unknown.
Sarah-I'm glad you're out and about. You may be fine all the way through, I hope so. X
Feeling a bit tearful today, but sure tomorrow I shall be fine, it's like one big roller coaster ride isn't it. Going to cook lots of meals to freeze tomorrow ready for next week.
Big hugs to you all Xxx
Hi Sue I am on FEC-T and Herceptin but have been told I can't start the Herceptin until the second 'T' as it isn't compatible with the FEC. So, if the H is Heceptin I'd doubt you would be having it straight away.
I feel really guilty to say this but I'm on day 7 now and I have had a pretty good experience - no sickness, no sore mouth, only a slight bad taste and just a little bit more tired than normal. I'm still drinking so much water I could sink a ship, been walking 3 - 4 miles every day and even managed a 30 mile bike ride on Sunday with hubby and friends - so its true - it doesn't affect everyone the same way - cycle 2 will probably get me !!
Hi Carol and Jan, seems like we've been here for a long time now even though its only a few weeks.
Carol, glad you've been getting out, I'm paranoid about my temperature too, we just need to be sensible.
Jan, I tried a small glass of red wine on Saturday (I have limited myself to a Saturday night for the time being) and yuk, I couldn't believe it, its my favourite - will have to try white next week. It sounds like you have some lovely adventures planned, I think I may try to do the same only problem for me is that I have to work during week three.
MMey, hope you are ok and the sickness has subsided
Auntylady, good luck if you can control the diet - I have found that I am ravenous but am really trying hard to be good.
Sal, After seeing your comment from last week I made a cake too, was really proud of myself - oh the little things
Hugs to you all, and anyone else I've missed, Sarah xx