Dear Foreverfree & Loveandlight.
Hope you are managing to link up with the November Newbies who will be having Chemo at the same time as youselves. I know it all feels daunting at this stage.
I only found out about this forum recently when i attended a Moving Forward course. I started Chemo in November 2012 following diagnosis in October 2012 (plan was to shrink tumour before surgery) and wished i had known about it then.
As other posts have said Chemo is not pleasant but it really is doable. My diagnosis was a huge shock and i had no idea what to expect so i just had to follow all the advice to avoid infections, contacted BC Nurse if i was worried and made sure i kept active when i could by walking. I had 6 x FecT and took all the anti sickness meds prescribed, used the mouthwash, moisturised my skin and nails throughout and any side effects really are individual. I had Flu Jab just before 2nd Fec. I think i was lucky as i had oral thrush once in the whole time. I finished Chemo in February 2013, have had surgery and Rads since then and expecting to have reconstruction surgery Feb / March 2014.
Just remember girls to be kind to yourselves, eat what you feel like at the time, really try to avoid any infections, make sure you get treatment if you get anything at all and take it easy when you need to.
Take Care. Gilly x
Try this link:
It should take you to the main monthly threads section, from there you can visit whichever month you want to look at.
I was diagnosed in December 2012, had my surgery, finished chemo in July, and then had radiotherapy which finished 4 weeks ago. I STILL feel like it is happeneing to someone else! I doubt that feeling will ever go now. I am floating in a little bubble over all of this, but please believe me all the nasty stuff is very temporary, and although you won't believe me, it all passes very quickly. Chemo isn't pleasant, but it is do-able and will come to an end. I joined the February Valentines group, and between us we pulled each other through and made long lasting friendships that now continue on Facebook. So I urge you to join the relevant Monthly Thread, and also to read back at some of the earlier monthly threads where you will pick up tips and advice.
Good luck, xxx
Welcome to the BCC forum where I'm sure you will find a lot of support from fellow members. As Janey mentioned you may find it helpful to join one of the monthly threads- I have attached the links.
As well as the support you will find on these forums you might also find it helps to talk things over with one of our helpliners. The opening times are 9-5 on weekdays and 10-2 on Saturdays. The number is 0808 800 6000
Very best wishes
Welcome to our very select club Loveandlight! This site has been so amazingly helpful for so many of us. My chemo is now a memory as I finished in July, but there are others like you who are just starting out. Go to chemo monthly threads and look under October Optimists and November Newbies. You'll find new friends who will support and encourage you as much as the May Moonbeams helped me through.
It's not very nice, but you can get through this. Go find your new buddies!