Sorry crystalbella,but we are the New Year Newbies from last year. We're mainly through active treatment, but I'm sure there's a 2015 January group you can join. We formed a facebook group and it has been an excellent support - we even met up for a spa weekend at the end of the year. Hope you get as much support as we found - you can get through it - we are proof 🙂 Good luck
No extra meds but I have the numbers to call if I need extra. Fingers crossed I won't need them. The nurse did say not to take the meds before bed because of the sleep issue so I take them about 6pm. Hormones also playing up. Having some sweat problems (beginning of menapause?). Have appt to see gp re blood sugar later so will ask. No doubt he will say it's my age! (I'm 50).
Well, finally had my first chemo on Tuesday. It was a very positive experience & the nursing staff were fab. \so far the anti sickness meds have done their job but my last doses are tomorrow so I have no idea what the weekend will bring.
The diabetes has mostly been under control apart from tonight when it went to 19 where it has mostly been 11 since the treatment. Will keep an eye on it. The worst part for me so far is all the peeing from having to drink so much fluid. Getting up in the middle of the night is fine but I just don't get back to sleep. Was awake 1-5am this morning. hubby made me a cuppa at 3am, bless him.
Going to make final choice on the wig Saturday morning. Posted pics on facebook of the first session and all comments were positive so I'm feeling confident that I shall pick the right one. Unfortunately my friend who came with me has gone down with a bad cold courtesy of a five year old so it will have to be the husband for second opinion. Oh dear! I had the cold cap during my treatment & have nioxin treatments to use so I'm hoping the wig will just be for special occassions 🙂
Sorry to hear that you have 2 major things to cope with at the same time.
I have been a Type 1 diabetic for almost 30 years now so am in a slightly different place than you but I will help you in any way that I can. With my first cycle of FEC I was pretty good and coped much better although believe me it is difficult to keep your blood sugar under control with the steroids that you need to take, I was very lucky and only had minimal side effects (luckily no nausea or vomiting which I was very relieved about). I had my 2nd cycle of FEC last wednesday and felt a bit nauseous for the first night but have been fine since then although my blood sugars have been much harder to control this time I have found (but this could be due to me being more complacent about them).
If you want to send me a personal message on the forum and I can answer any questions that you may not want to post in the group forum. I hope everything goes ok for you tomorrow and if I can help in any way that I can please let me know.
I'm a Feb newbie. I was diagnosed type 2 diabetic during the pre-op stuff, so not only is the breast cancer a pain, I now have the diabetes to manage too. I take tablets to control mine & have adjusted my diet (under duress). How has the chemo affected your diabetes? I start FEC-T on Tuesday so bricking it a bit!
Thanks. I go for echo on Monday at Wythenshawe hospital and then same day to The Christie for blood tests and to see Dr. Will be a busy day hopping across Manchester. Hope my satnav doesnt let me down. Hope you go on ok. xxx
i start my furst chemo session on the 3rd of feb like you im feeling apprehensive good luck hope it all goes well for you
Yes we are the January Newbies. Most of us have had one dose, and some are starting next week. Most activity goes on Facebook, if you are on it. The group is private so your other friends don't see posts on the group. I have found it very helpful and supportive, it makes you realise that you don't have deal with things on your own.
Hi, I'm also new to this forum. Not joined any forums before so not really sure what I'm doing yet. Start my first chemo on Tues 28th Jan and am feeling quite apprehensive. Hope that hearing of other peoples experiences and hints/tips might help. Is this the January chemo monthly thread?
Ive just had confirmation on my 1st chemo session on the 3rd of feb but facebook site sounds interesting i am on facebook
Hope everything goes well for you
Hi, will have 3rd session of FEC on monday. The nausea they will give you tablets to control that. Tiredness yes, 1st week is the worst, 2nd week is better, 3rd week is nearly back to normal. STill have early nights though. Just listen to your body and rest when you need to. My hair started falling out 12 days aftr 1st treatment and by day 19 i had the hair of a 95 year old woman so shaved the remnanat off. STill got eyebrows and eyelases at the moment! Metallic taste in the mouth for the first 10 days too. Hope this helps.
Have only just located monthly feeds im starting FEC chemotherepy i have been told at the upmost i will have nausea, tiredness and deffinate hair loss just wondered how everyone else coped with being on this treatment
Welcome to the BCC Forum. I'm glad you have found it helpful so far. I'm sure the other January members will soon be along to welcome you to this thread.
Very best wishes
Welcome to Becla too (our posts crossed).
Your experience sounded similar to mine. The actual chemo was an anti-climax, only it did take 4 days to sort out the sickness. I am feeling more human, and have an appetite now. Just have to watch I don't eat too many silly things. They are changing the regime for the next cycle.