Hi Sandie, just popping in from Feb'14 to say how great it was to have a portacath. So many other ladies had problems with veins and PICC lines, and administration of chemo through the portacath was so quick and easy. Having it put in and taken out afterwards was no great problem, and for the duration of chemo you can bath and shower without problems. Leaves a nasty little scar behind as they have to make one incision on top of the other, but treating it with bio oil seems to be making it much smoother. Takes a little getting used to (little hard lump under the skin) but highly recommended.
As for side effects - don't worry till it happens. I didn't have a good time, but most of the ladies last year did much better. As they keep telling you, everyone reacts differently. Some folk even managed to work through it all! My mantra was 'one day at a time'. And eventually it ends. Good luck.
I'm sure your fellow forum users will be along soon to offer their support, but in the meantime I have put for you below the link to one of BCC's publications you might find helpful.
Also you will find added support and information from our Live Chat Service which runs every Thursday evening between 8.30pm and 9.30pm, the session is hosted by a nurse and a moderator is at hand to help with the technical side. If you're interested just follow the link below.
Also below is the link to the area of this website where chemotherapy is discussed further.
I read the side effects and it frightened the .. outta me. Woke up this morning in panic mode. My house is a mess, school goes back in a week and I guess my chemo starts after that. Normally im pretty calm but feeling hysterical and sick to my stomach this morning.
Feel like the swings and roundabouts have wrestled me to the ground today.
I already have ridged nails, so sparkly polish sounds fun, mine are never manicured as im a gardener.
Going to make muffins for freezer lunches and scrub random things.
I totally get the driving thing, we live in a rural town and my girls go to school miles away, it was bad enough driving them to the local pool...School will be a challenge. Frustrating, its amazing how many everyday things become tricky.
Having said that is also amazing how everyday things become Awesome too.. 🙂
Are any of you getting a portacath fitted? apparently it makes chemo simpler and no one needs to find veins. Modern medicine is pretty impressive really. Im going with that 😉 lol
Hugs lovely ladies, going to get these muffins made and into the freezer before kiddlets appear and eat them
(Sleep most of yesterday, seems to be day on, day off for me )
Baldly beautiful. Shes delightful.
Not sure if im allowed to post external links.
But I enjoyed watching them, you might too.
Im giggling at the image of wearing a cold cap watching Frozen! Pahahaha!
Im not cold capping, a bridge too far for me. Flowing lopsided head thingy for me...actually theres an amazing woman on youtube who does mini tutorials on tying scarves and great make up and false eye lashes, shes Gorgeous. Shall google and be right back....
I'm starting chemo on 2nd Feb after being diagnosed with grade 2 ILC. Had bi lateral MX and SLNB in Dec. Lymph nodes clear and bone/ct scans clear too but the tumour was a whopper (15cm) so they recommended chemo and rads. Having 6 sessions of TAX but will know more when I've been for my pre-chemo appointment. I thought I was the only one starting in Feb so its so great to know I won't be alone, I'm so grateful you're all here, sending a high five to all of you xxx
Hello February Ladies,
I am a January starter, it has all been manageable so far. The worst part is the waiting.
Nattyoo, if you go to your original first post then click 'edit' in the top right corner, you will be able to change the name of the thread.
Good luck and good wishes to all of you.
Hi alison :), I thought about the hair cut but decided I would rather spend the money on Chocolate snd a good book ..my partner can shave it for me 😉
Seriously sized tumour, mine was 50mm. What drugs are they putting you on?
Did you get a wig? Thought I might for warmth, but going to look at some on wednesday before the portacath assessment. looking at wigs seems very grown up, maybe scarves might be less daunting!
The dates seem ages away , but reckon they'll be here in the blink of an eye. I just have a vague date and know its on thursdays and need to start by the 12th feb..so im guessing the 5th.
Hugs to you too.
Hi, ive been hanging around waiting for mine, guessing its starting february now. Was just going to start a february fireballs...or something like that thread. Xx