Hope you had a better visit with your Oncologist, my treatment has been put back - Diesel 10 must have left a spanner behind, end of wound now leaking a strange fluid - not infected according to the swabs - go figure!
Have setup a Facebook page to keep a few of the family and friends in the loop, not bad for me - I have had a tablet thingy for a couple of years, and up to this week had spent more time charging it up than using it.
Sounds like we are about the same stage in the journey, so I wish for you the same trouble free trip that I am going to have - so my other half tells me - and she is never wrong, even when she is not right. All the best. Papa M
Like you I am new to this, and finding it a touch worrying. I have found that whilst there is plenty of info out there on the web, the best thing to do is ignore it, for it can truely petrify you. If you have trust in your surgical team and the nursing staff that surround them, and can talk to survivors - do that, the future will hopefully not seem as bleak. If the TV ads are anything to go by, the odds are getting better in our favour as time marches on.
As for me, diagnosed in August, operated on at the end of September - we were out of the country for a week or so, hence the delay. The operation was a doddle, no physical pain, just mental - worrying about what might come next, but my wife says I have been mental for ages now. When I did see the Consultant, 2 weeks later, I was told that the lump was cancerous and so were the Lymph nodes - all 14 of them. After another 2 weeks of woundhealing I see the Oncologist tomorrow to see when I start Chemo, I already know that I will be having Chemo followed by Radiotherapy, so it looks like the next holiday will be later next year.
Have already had the dental side sorted, I have not had a 'soft' toothbrush since the early 1950s, had flu jab too. Number 3 grandchild, an inquisitive little soul, wanted to know why he was told to be careful when playing with Papa, seemed to be content when shown the scar and told that Diesel 10 had been running wild but Ferdinand had sorted him - Thomas the Tank engine to the rescue again.
All we can do Debs, is look forward positively, there are others near to us that will need to draw on our outlook to be able to give us the support we will need.
You've given us that your about to start chemo, but not much else. I didn't require chemo or radio, just two mastectomies nine months apart 8 & 9 yrs ago. But it doesn't mean that I can't be supportive in the chemo sense.
There's a whole team of well experienced chemokids on this forum and if you haven't already checked it, go into the "Going Through Treatment" section board in the 1st page options/sections and it's brings up a whole section for chemo-ers. Use this forum to help with any questions, support, help and advice - there's always someone who's had the same difficulty or treatment, so able to offer advice. It's been a godsend to me so I can't recommend or praise it enough - the people on here are so helpful, guiding and friendly, and despite the seriousness of why you are here, you will hopefully have a laugh too.
I also wish you well with it. Keep us in touch, let us know when chemo starts for you so we can make sure we're ready and waiting to lend a hand, ear, shoulder and/or tissue? No point me telling you to try not to worry cos the reason you're here is basically ***t and we ALL know it is.
Lotsa love Delly xxx
so sorry you are struggling at the moment. All I can say is your mind is your worst enemy; once you start the chemo you are able to focus on the enxt and the next course. The chemo is a scary thought but it is not as bad as your mind tells you. The antisickness medication (emend) is fantastic. On the day I had my first dose I went shopping with my hubbie - I must admit after a couple of hours I felt like someone had pulled my electric plug out and felt exhausted. It took about 5 days to feel normal. I was on FEC T; the T was a little tougher and took about 7 days to feel normal.
You can prepare by getting everything you need for the chemo...tooth brushes, creams, nail varnish, eye lashes, hats or wigs, treats, case packed, etc etc. It is also important to have your teeth checked by your dentist prior to starting chemo.
I hope this helps and I wish you well x