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Hello, is anyone starting chemo in February 2015?

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Had a buzz cut when hair came loose on day 14 or thereabouts after FEC1. 2nd FEC was last Wed and stubble started filling my sleepcap by Fri. It has all fallen out whilst in the shower yesterday. I am finding this time that the cumulative fatigue is completely wiping me out; I was comatose all day yesterday, day 5 and feel like I'm going down with chest infection. The skin has broken down on my back again into blisters. Got to get up and go to get Picc line seen to this morning. How on earth does anyone manage to get to work or care for a family on chemo? Respect to those who do..
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Hi Becky,
I think I meant to send my post to Marli and I do not know if I can copy to her. You may also be able to help. I think I have got chemo brain early. Keep strong and keep pestering them. I have an issue and the minute the Chemo Unit opens at 8 I shall be on the phone. My Domperidone pills I have to take total 80 mg daily and the guidance on the leaflet for over 60's is 35mg as the consequences could be cardiac arrest or heart rhythm disorder. I think they are trying to kill me off now😂😂😂 Keep strong. Love Eileen XXX
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Hi lena2,
I have got some sleep caps that I wear in bed. I only wear my wig when I go to work any other times I wear head scarfs etc.
The sleep caps I like as I wouldn't feel right in wearing nothing.
Becky xx
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Hi Becky,
I had my first chemo yesterday 5 more to go. I considered cold cap but changed my mind. I got my wig last Friday and have worn it twice, once to lunch on Sunday with my son and his partner and mentioned it through the first course. They were astonished. I had it matched exactly to my own colour and cut to my style. Is it best to start wearing a hair net to bed to catch what falls out or can u give me some other tips? Much appreciated😊😊 Eileen X
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Thanks you for the message. I will give them a go... Xx
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Hmm weird typo!! Sorry becky!!! Xxx
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Hey Hecky call your bcn as they may organise an appointment just to put your mind at rest! If they don't get back to you just keep at them! I'm sure it'll be fine but you're obviously worried sick and you need reassurance from the oncologist hun xxx
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Morning all,
I have not been well over the weekend spent most of Sunday crying. My last chemo was Thursday and since then I have seen a change in my breast, it seems to have gone bigger. I called the helpline on Sunday how advised me they will call me on Monday with an emergency time. That didn't happen. I called them to my told that next appointment was 10th April.
Just wondering if anyone has any advise as what to do?
Becky. Xx
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Joyce - yes it is annoying to have hair dropping out all over the place, especially in the kitchen!!  I wore a buff or wide head band while cooking until about session 3 but don't need it now as that has stopped - reckon it is now the same as pre- Chemo. So hang on in there. The site cancerhaircare.co.uk (not .com as I said before, sorry) has lots of info and especially the Lister Hospital booklet about scalp cooling gives advice on when treatment finishes and how to look after your hair, including when you can colour it. This info is useful for non-cold cappers too.

keepmumsane - my thoughts are with you because this is something that can happen to any of us. Waiting for results is the pits, and can drive us to distraction. So rant away. Nice that you had someone to talk to outside the family. Chin up - we are here for you. xxx

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Keepmumsane...oh that waiting game is sooooo horrible so def understand where you are at /coming from. On a positive note your treatment has started so rest assured that if its worse case scenario (certainly keeping everything cross that it's not) chemo is doing its job on any cancer cells!! I would now like my food to taste normal....haven't found anything I really enjoy whilst taste buds are shot 😞
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Thank you all  Nice to have so many hugs. im so grateful for this forum,  its carried me over the worst days.

Xxxx

Just keeping on swimming.  🙂 as best we can. Ive managed today to tuck it somewhere that doesnt make me cry every 5 minutes, talked to a senior who comes in and brings me meals and I used to work for 5 months ago as her gardener.  She has seen it all, at her age everyone has something,  helped to talk to someone not family,  and so practical. Actually this is when counselling becomes useful I guess. 

You ladies sure help though. So very very much.

 

The hair thing is bonkers really,  sometimes I still get startled in the morning. Ooo and that chilly noggin at 2am.  Having to train my frosty fingered girls not to hug my head last thing at night..brrr

 

Love to you all xxxx

 

 

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Keepmumsane don't worry about posting your worries in here that's what we are for lovely. I have been through the same thing so drop me a message if you wanna talk, you're not alone xxxxxxxx
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Hi Lankylass, I agree about bringing the outside world in, something else to think about other than the dreaded is a nice change. I meet up with the girls from work regularly and they always apologise for moaning about work. I keep telling them it makes me feel "normal" again to think about work and moan along with them. I think they feel guilty but honestly it is so nice to talk about something else xx
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Hi Sandie,

 

Just read your post and wanted to say that you have no need to apologise for posting anything on here, we are all here to listen and support in everyway we can.  Its a place where you can open up and express your worries and concerns.  I am so sorry you are going through this terrible worry at the moment.  Sending you lots of positive vibes and hugs xxx

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Hi Sandie

Well - Im in March on chemo and strangely just popped onto this thread to see how people a bit futher on & some old friends might manage some of the SEs - bad nausea etc here.  &  I saw your post ; much much love to you xxxx You hang in there honey xxx  Im so sad that you are back in a bit of a waiting game and hope that the MRI comes through nice and quickly so you can get it out of the way. You are already on a great regimen to fight it and I'll be thinking of you lots over the next few days.

 

Giant hugs

Sarah

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Hi Sandie,

 

Just read your post (not really supposed to be on this board at all but I like to see how old friends are getting on) and just wanted to say how sorry I am that you're having to deal with this latest news.  It must be so frightening for you, wish I could offer some help but I'm sending you shedloads of positive vibes and big soft hugs.

xx

Sharon

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Sandie

Also up in the middle of the night and have just read your post. It's tough, but you do have support here. We might not have the right words but we'll be thinking of you and sending hugs and positive vibes your way.

Hair thing is strange and takes adjusting to, still don't recognise the woman in the mirror. Only last week, I went to use the hairbrush. Gave me a good laugh.

Much love xxx
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Dear Sandie,
It's the middle of the night here in England and I'm up with a cup of tea. Just read your message and am thinking of you getting through your day with worries beyond what anyone should have to bear. Another few weeks to wait for results will be extremely difficult, especially with your young family to look after. So do write about how you feel here, we're here for you. Albeit long distance.
With loving thoughts,
Natalie x
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Hi lovelies,  

Day 4 after chemo 3. 

Feeling very deflated this time round.  Had an unexpected conversation with my onc, said there are lumps on my liver that showed up on the CT scan when I started chemo.  The results got delayed and then last time I had the hospital drama so they've only just got to it. So now I have to wait for an MRI. That should take a couple of weeks, then results on my next chemo day.  If its secondary bc its a total kick in the guts,  which I didnt really want to dump here but its too frightening to talk about really.  Could be something else, but she wasnt super positive given my diagnosis originally.

In fact it feels wrong to put it here. Sorry my lovelies. 

On a chemo se note.... 1st chemo lost taste for tea, number 2 got it back,  3 its gone again,  but milk is delicious! Oooo and baths!  

Funny thing how your tastes change. 

I jumped into the shower, my favourite jeans zipper lost its teeth...so figured I best shave for skirt wearing...

Surprisingly,  no hair on legs. .and um other bits.  Lol.. 

Hugs my fellow Fabulous ladies,  sending love xxxx

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Thanks everyone for your advice on the cold cap - you are saying what I want to hear - I need to stick with it and not get hung up on the cobwebs down my back.  Didn't actually find the cold cap too uncomfortable so that's not an issue - just grateful to everyone for their honesty and encouragement - bless you all   Joyce

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Thank you Marli - that is really helpful.  I'm on day 19 and thought I was doing so well with my hair that I was quite alarmed when i was how much was on my back - in the grand scheme of things its probably not a huge amount but it was more than I had imagined.  My scalp was sore but I have taken paracetamol and its fine now.  I am concerned that its going to be the same every day now till the end of treatment but from what you are saying this might not be the case.  I'm really looking after it - simple shampoo once a week, no heat, silk pillowcase etc and more than anything want to keep my hair - I know with everything else I'm reading on here it sounds pathetic but my hair is affecting me far more than I ever imagined.  Thank you for your encouragement, fingers crossed for next cycle - all the best  Joyce

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My experience is almost identical to Nattyoo. I've had 3 FEC, had some hair shedding but no one can tell. My hair is shoulder length. It does feel fragile and looks a mess as I wash it only once every 7-10 days but so far I'm hanging on to it. The cap is very painful but after the first 20 minutes it becomes bearable.
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Hi. I have used cold cap for my three sessions of FEC. I still have (what to everyone else ) looks like a full head of hair.
I take a painkiller when I arrive at the hospital , wet hair before using the cap then wear it for 30 mins before chemo and 1.5 hours afterwards.
If I run fingers through my hair, particularly in the first week, quite a lot seems to come out, but this slows down after the first week. I have a silk pillowcase and have not shed any hair in the night.
I wash hair once a week using mild shampoo, and hardly comb it or do anything with it between. Sometimes wear a scarf If I'm going out but mostly just ruffle it and go out looking messy. I've got fine short hair with long layers so am able to hide any thinning .
I definitely think the cap has worked for me and will continue to use it through my next 3 sessions of TAX.
Good luck,
Natalie
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Doglover try the cold cap... I'm now half way through chemo (6x taxotere) and have most of my hair too. I Cut it very short before chemo so if I lost my hair I could just shave it and havnt needed to shave it!! Slightly thinned on the top but a careful but of styling and you wouldn't even know I was having chemo never mind half way through! I always said I'd try it and shave it off the minute I needed to and I'm glad I did! You don't know til you try! Just be prepared for it to hurt for the first 15 minutes until your head gets used to it ☺️
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Doglover - please, please please give the cold cap a chance. I have used it for 5 (out of 6) Taxotere and have nearly a full head of hair. The condition is not as good as normal but it looks fine.

I know it works only for certain chemotherapy treatments but presume that as your care team have started it yours is one that it does work with.

I only wash it once a week and am very gentle with it.Use additive free shampoo and Simple conditioner.

After my first one I did lose a small clump which worried me , as well as the side boards and some of back hairline where cap does not fit.But these patches were thin as opposed to bald. But after the 2nd treatment I lost less and this continued until yesterday I had lost just the same as I would before treatment.

Where the small clump and side boards came out they have now started to grow back.

I bought some "fill-in" powder from Amazon for about £6 to help cover the thinning patch and sideboards and it works well.

I would recommend reading the Scalp Cooling section of cancerhaircare.com which is full of useful information. You can also obtain a PDF document from the Lister Hospital specifically about cool caps which is the most useful thing I have read.

You do need to be really be motivated to continue as it is not the best experience in the world. I had lost my hair 5 years ago and was desperate to keep my hair this time so have kept going and am thrilled with the result.It has really helped keep me going through this horrid experience. Feel free to message me if you have any queries and I will try to help.

Good luck - it really is worth it.   Marli xx

 

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hi Doglover, cold cap reduces hair loss but only works on about half of people and even then you'll end up with thinned hair and/or bold patches.
I used the cap for 2 cycles but i found it really uncomfortable and so much hair was coming out that I decided to shave my head (obviously won't be using it for my remaining 14 chemos). OH was quite taken aback that I decided to shave as as far as he was concerned my hair looked ok/normal but my scalp was driving me nuts itching and i hated seeing hair all over the house x
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I started chemo three weeks ago and so far so good. Second lot due this week. Need to know a bit more about cold cap. Used it first time round and didn't find it too bad but don't really know what to expect. When I run my fingers through my hair there is quite a bit coming out. Does anyone know if it carries on like this or if it only sheds at certain times in the cycle. I'm told had I not used the cold cap most of my hair would be gone by now so if that's the case it must have done some good but need to know what happens next. I know everyone is different but if anyone has any experience of this I'd be really grateful.....
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Lanky lass couldn't agree more. Hugs to everyone x
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I think I'm starting to understand where u coming from Lynda now I'm day 3 after chemo 2. Feeling out of the regular life loop and when friends call they are asking about me and not wanting to 'burden' me with their troubles. So I'm telling them to please bring the outside world in and offload your probs! Anything to get my mind off me. You know when folk used to say 'take a day at a time' and I'd be 'ok yadayada'. Well now I am starting to realise that I can cope better if I only think about this moment and the next. And not go into next week cos I start freaking out. Had to stop my mind wandering onto taxotere/herceptin coming next cos got myself really scared. The only thing we can really do is try and support our bodies with good stuff, food treats etc, positive things and prople. and the only thing we can really change is our minds- or our attitude to things. Must be time for meltdown haha! The weaker I get physically the more my brain seems to get philosophical- 'grasshopper'! Ompeprazole is good for heartburn....
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Don't worry Lynda, this is the place to offload and share our worries.
I've had palpitations and severe heartburn at times after FEC. Actually thought I was having a heart attack once! Using Rennies regularly and drinking hot water with a slice of lemon and ginger root in it which seems to help.
This treatment totally consumes us and we're bound to get down. And the drugs do cause us to be very emotional and vulnerable. We will get through this even though the end seems a long way off.
Sending a big hug, Natalie x
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Hi Ladies,

 

Hope your all feeling okay and not too down in the dumps! or suffering too many horrid side effects Smiley Sad How are you Rachel after your 3rd Chemo?  I am now day 9 after second Fec and found side effects very different this time around.  I have experienced awful heartburn/indigestion which makes me not want to drink anything which obviously isnt great!  GP has prescribed something for me (not sure what yet) but will pick prescription up on Monday.  Got a small ulcer on the tip of my tongue which is annoying too.  Mood very up and down and it doesnt take much for me to be in tears.  I know things will become more "normal" once chemo has finished but it feels such a long long way off.  I am finding myself envious of everyone that seems to be happy and carrying on with their life.  I feel really vulnerable when out on my own and actually dont feel like I am in the same world as anyone else.  Does anyone else feel like this?  Oh and to add to this I keep having little heart pulpatations which is weird.  I had echocardiogram Friday so I guess if any concerns it will be picked up.

 

How I wish life was normal again without all this cancer crap!

 

Hope you all have a good weekend and sorry for my moaning and not offering anything in the way of support xxx

Lynda x

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Thanks keeping an eye on the mog, just given him a brush where I've stroked him, blimey the things we have to remember, hard when I keep putting milk in cupboard instead of fridge and suchlike. Massive stubble fallout today, day 3 2nd fec - have scrubbed head with babywipes which helped. Am er- but her+ so will be on herceptin and taxotere but not tamoxifem. Another load of side effects! Hope it is easier for you than the fec.
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Hi, I'm moving on to 3x tax and whatever is the post- menopausal equivalent to tamoxifen. Can't remember the name of it today...
I'd call your vet re cat, if s/he's sick again?
I guess we are expelling chemo through the skin. My face feels very tingly today so am using lots of wet wipes and face cream. Will have a hot bath tonight and a good scrub.
This is all so wierd, isn't it? Feeling quite nauseous even on Emend and steroids. I would really like my old life back!
Hoping your cat stays well
Nx
Good luck
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So are you starting taxotere and herceptin next nattyoo? Have been told I will be having 3 tax through Picc line but herceptin as subcutaneous injection in thigh, same day hmmm what's that like I wonder? It's all a voyage of discovery. Hunt the softie doesn't sound like fun. Had to have 50cc saline drained off my expander implant las week as overfilled and pressing on rib nerves-agony, So lobsided again, no hair, runny nose oh the joys!
My cat was sick this morning: he sneaks in my bed during the night and I'm worried he has been licking my FEC skin. Can pets get a taste of chemo that way? Worried.....
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Hi,
I had third (and last!) FEC on Thursday. Like you, lankylass, have found that each cycle has followed almost exactly the same pattern. Steroids keep me lively-ish then exhaustion sets in for about five days. It's reassuring to know what the next day will bring, and that it will pass.
Was talking to someone who has been through mastectomy and 6 chemo treatments. She said that she felt completely herself again eight months after diagnosis. Hair still short but enough not to have to cover her head.
My nurse also said that hairloss is less with Taxotere, worse with FEC. But those who've been on Tax have had hairloss, so I guess it's different for all of us. I'll continue with the cold cap throughout and have managed to keep enough hair to feel it's worthwhile, but hoping that after this last FEC week, hairloss should slow down.
Just another softie boob mishap... I'm still using a softie that has a mind of its own. Due to get a proper prosthetic soon. Went to a smart dress shop with a friend and came away feeling a little sad, seeing women trying on pretty Spring dresses with low cut fronts. Went for coffee and realised I'd lost my softie. Had a complete meltdown at the thought that it had fallen out again in the shop or in the street. I guess the whole breast- loss thing just hit home. I've tried to keep a brave face on most of the time, and indeed, feel ok about it most of the time, but the feeling of loss was overwhelming. Friends gorgeous and kind as always. At home found softie on my back. Honestly, it's beginning to make me feel like a mutant. Went outside and found a smooth pebble as Sandie suggested many weeks ago. It's going nowhere now!
Halfway through and feeling steroid-induced positivity!
Thoughts are with you all this week as we hibernate and face up to the dreaded side effects.
Love Natalie x
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Just had second chemo on Wednesday, must be a week behind people as I started last week in Feb. It is interesting to see what is happening this time conpared with the diary I wrote three weeks ago. So far it is predictable; once the steroids wear off tonight I should be in cancerpause land for a week, fit for nothing!
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Morning ladies
Hope all that had 3rd chemo last week is doing ok.
I gave just ad the worse night sleep... Just couldn't drop off, think today is going to be a wash out.
The nurse told me on Thursday that now my next drug is T from FECT, my hair will start to grow back as this drug doesn't cause hair loss, just wondering if anyone else was told that, not sure if I heard right with chemo brain and all..
Hope you all have a great weekend
Becky
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Morning ladies was just browsing your thread (I am a November starter) was interested in your plan to do some colouring and thought I would tell you about Mandalas which are intricate patterns to colour and they are very theraputic ands soothing. I used them when I was working mentoring troubles children and found them invaluable in relaxing the child allowing them to talk to me. I am sure you could google it but there is a new art book on sale now with very similar patterns 1st one is 99p including some crayons. Good luck I hope you enjoy Sue xx

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Ps I deffo fancy colouring in
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Port insertion and cycle 3 done!!!! Phew! Getting quite achey on my arm where port has been... Problem is it won't help my post chemo constipation to take too much co-codamol! Time to break out the movicol I think lol more drugs to stop other drugs causing issues after other drugs lol the joys of chemo!!!! I'm other news... Hopefully half way now!! Was told 6-8 cycles so hoping for 6 lol hope you're all doing well ladies!!!! Xxxx
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pjw - Oh yes colouring in!! Remember at college when stressed loved the art lesson as it took away all the stress. Going to dig out my nieces books and pencils. Fab idea.

 

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Good luck to those having cycle three this week.

Reading all the recent posts, I think we have all hit the chemo check list: fatigue, chemo brain, endlessly hungry and emotional, plus all the other se's we have to contend with.

Talking to someone outside your immediate circle can help. I know that as soon as I get emotional I start a Mexican wave of tears at home, so it's good to find an ear away from those you love who you can be open and completely honest with.

Rachel is right, even ten minutes walk outside helps. We will be different after this, but definitely stronger. Amazing what the body and mind can contend with.

Has anyone tried colouring - sounds daft, but during my tough week one days when I can't sleep, read or watch tv and have no energy my mind is doing overtime, so I reach for the pens and pencils. I find that and doing word search puzzles switches the brain off.

A friend recommended knitting, but to be honest I can't get the brain and my hands to co-ordinate, so gave up - very frustrating! Initially, I thought I would be able to catch up on lots of things indoors during chemo - sorting photos, needlework, filing etc - seems chemo brain has other plans - colouring is my limit!

Anyway - hugs to you all - all this will pass xx
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Thank you Simone Natalie Dennymac and Rachel for your advice and kind comments.
Been for pre chemo bloods today - saw doc and will be having the gcsf injections day 8 for 7 days. They have also prescribed me with a raspberry and aspirin mouthwash if my mouth gets bad again .... Anyone else had this? Will let you know how it goes. Decided not to bother with cold cap anymore as I've shaved my head!! Thanks for sharing your diary lankylass - good idea to keep one as I can't remember one week to another now!!! I work from home but because I've been feeling pretty awful haven't done much so think it's frazzling my brain!!! Need to get out more(as they say!!!!).
If you're going through treatment this week I hope it goes well - if you are elsewhere I hope you all keep well. Going out for lunch tomorrow - then I will sleep all afternoon!!! Love to you all Bev xxxxx
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Thank you Natalie for kind words.
That really helps seeing how others cope
I love how you plan your time with your friends something I could certainly do during the Easter as a lot of my family & friends work term time only.
Like I say Friday half way there, are you scheduled in for this week and will you be half way through.
And yes I think I'll give my brain a rest!
Enjoy the rest of the day
Love Simone x
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Hello Simone, I'm sorry to read you are finding it tough. I'm also finding it difficult not working and being at home all the time, yet without any energy or inclination to do very much. One thing I've found helpful is to make regular arrangements with friends for each cycle of treatment. I bought a calendar rather than use a diary as I usually do, so I can see how the three week cycles look.
For the first week I'm mostly in bed resting etc, then on day 8 a friend comes over and we go out if I'm up to it, or stay in if not. Then I know I have regular 'dates' either at home or for coffee or a drink in the early evening that I can cancel if need be, but are on the calender to look forward to. I find I can often put make up on and go out and feel much jollier when out than when I'm at home.
Then on the last Friday before treatment a group of us get together for lunch. On the first we all met at a friend's house. Last week I had friends round for a walk and coffee and (one brought some needlefelting stuff so we all made little wool dogs and things!). Then I made a huge lunch. It was really tiring but I felt part of my normal life and we chatted and laughed and although they 'checked up' on progress, we didn't talk much about my treatment.
I don't know about you, but it's mostly what I think about and talk to my family about, my brain needs a rest from it now and again...
So good luck with the psychologist and your next chemo. We're all here for you to talk to, too.
Love Natalie
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Morning ladies,
Start of chemo week for me... I have got 1 more FEC then go onto 3x T's. I thought I would of had a CTScsn to see if it is going down but I have received an appointment for a ultrasound... Has anyone else had this? I get very low the weekend after treatment where I do a little housework then got for a lie down. I think with me still going to work it is keeping a little bit of normality in my life.
Does anyone get during palms and feet 2 weeks after chemo? I have just got 21st May in mind, then op in July hopefully then a family holiday in October.
All the best to all of you lovely ladies having chemo this week
Becky💕💕💕
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Thanks Rachel,
Yes it's FEC through out, like you it's the chemo brain & the fatigue that gets me down.
I knew chemo wasn't pleasant but didn't think it made you depressed or should I!!!!
I've asked my BCN to refer me to a psychologist hope it happens soon and helps.
I think being at home all the time & on my own during the day is just too much , all I do is look at the Calendar counting the days down, roll on 22nd May!!!!
Sorry for the rant!
Simone x
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Hey LankylassSmiley Happy

Thankyou showing us your diary..its very helpful and I do one too,so I know what to expect after each session....sometimes they are slightly different,but its good to know and especially the good days,so you can plan ahead and do nice thingsSmiley Happy

Did you expect it to feel like this,or worse?I think in my head it wouldnt be so bad some days,but think its the fatigue and chemo brain i didnt expect.

Take care lovely and hope the rest of your week goes well

Hugs rachel xx

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sorry you have had a rubbish time and been in hospital Dennymac:(...you take it easy and get plenty of rest,dont want to do too much.
Hugs lovely,take care Rachelxx
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Hey SimoneSmiley Happy

Hope it all goes well for your this week with your appointments....I still have my period after 2nd chemo,but didnt have the injection you had.Im sure your oncologist will be able to put your mind at rest and explain that.

Im switching to T after this next one,gawd knows what thats going to be like!

You carrying right through with the 6?

Hugs Rachel xx