Check out a chairty called Heather's Hair - www.heathershair.co.uk They provide human hair weaves you wear under a hat or scarf. My full brown weave saved my sanity and actually looked aload more like my own hair than my wig ever did. All the best. Marie
Thank you Joanne for your kind words - just found out I start next week 😞
Hi chaise. Im in a similar position, looking at chemo and radiotherapy to follow collowing wle for 12 mm grade 3, 1 of 4 nodes infected plus vascular and ER neg. Chemo will therefore be aggressive and assume that means FEC-T, but still waiting for oncology appt within nxt 2 weeks so probably be joining the july thread. I was offered a full clearance or wider radiotherapy to capture the armpit which i took as risk of lympodema is less and outcome the same.
I managed to get lolly sets from a boundary mill this am and trying them out in the garden this pm. Ive also heard pineapple helps with holding on to taste, possibly due to the bromilane content, so pineapple juice ice lollies is on my list. Also found crystaline ginger so got 2 packs, hoping that will help with sickness. Let me know if the cold cap helps as im all ready to have my head shaved, just a way to feel in control i guess.
But in the meantime wishing you the very best on your journey, im sure the anticipation is the worst (like the dentist). Be strong and be kind to yourself. Xx hbunny
Good luck Chaise, and welcome to our select club! If there's a monthly group for ladies starting chemo this month then do join them - I'm a May Moonbeam from last year and the solidarity is just great. We also started a page of 'comfort or nursery food' which was useful and amusing in equal part. I'll try and find it and bump it up the discussion topics for you.
It's hard to realise I'm a year on already. It is doable. Nobody says it's fun, but for most of us the anticipation is worse.
Also read the top tips sticky thread of course!
I've attached a link to the thread "Top tips to help you through chemo". I hope this will be helpful.
Very best wishes
I went through Chemo in 2011 - I had 8 lots, 4 EC and 4 TAX. Tried the cold cap once but found it very uncomfortable and just before 2nd chemo I started shedding hair by the handful and decided not to use the cap again. I adjusted very quickly to having no hair and wore a very good wig that I got on prescription (ask your BCN) Best tips for going though (or getting through) chemo? Keep a diary, get a good thermometer and take your temperature twice a day (if it's high for more than a couple of hours ring the chemo unit as it is a sign of infection) Be kind to yourself, don't try to be a hero, if you are tired - rest. The effects of chemo build up and you will have rotten days that pass. Plan treats for your "good" week and don't eat your favourite foods as they won't taste the same.
Ive just had my operation to remove 15mm tumour, which good news is that they got it all out - hurrah! With no spread to lymph nodes and in stage 1, with ER + and I think Her2 negative. Orginally the biopsy was a grade 2, but when they inspected it, it came out as a grade 3.
Then comes the treatment ...Oncologist today suggested Chemo for 6 treatments over 18 weeks - this starts in 2 weeks time - because of the grade 3.
My main worry seems to be loosing my hair - so obviously having the cold cap (hate being cold!!) but if anyone has any suggestions of what to put on my hair, in my mouth to stop mouth ulcers and generally keep my spirits up, any thoughts would be most welcome - thanks 🙂
One thing the specialist nurse, who is fab in Blackpool said to me was "what is 18 weeks out of your life?" - when we were discussing Chemotherapy - My answer was of course nothing.