Ah hair, goodbye old friend ....... Think I took my last trip out without hat/ wig tonight the bald patch is beginning to show, I wonder how long a comb over will do? I have visions of old men and wind blowing! FEC 2 on Wednesday.
Thanks Jen. Will mention spots next time I see the doctor or consultant and keep a close eye on them in the meantime. Aileen x
Ah, haven't read through threads properly! I am doing my own so district nurses won't provide bin, will ask the gp or take them back next time x
Thanks jen, re: needles that's what I thought just expected to be given a bin, don't know why I didn't think of just keeping them in the box out the way, duh x
Hi Helly, I phoned my doctors surgery for a sharpes box and was given a prescription to collect from local chemist.
Hi, had 1st Fec yesterday can I check how much anti sickness meds people where sent home with, I have 3 days supply will this be enough, just thinking the weekend is coming up? Also been given injections for 7 says they have a retractable needle and I wasn't given a sharps bin the put them in do they go in ordinary bin.
I am 12 days after my 2nd fec and have got lots of little spots on my skin on the back of my hands, my neck and my forehead. I am not particularly worried about them but some of them are quite itchy and when scratched quite sore. Has anyone else had any skin issues?
Hi Sue, Sorry i got the name confused (chemo brain!) - it is actually called Head Strong and is part of this website.
Day 15 of cycle 1. Mouth ulcers getting better but now I'm constipated!!!! Will these side effects never end??
Hair has started to shed tonight while I was watching TV. I did cold cap but worried at the time that it wasn't a good fit as it wasn't as cold as I expected. Hoping the shedding is not as bad as it looks. I really admire all the ladies on here who have just shaved it off but I'm not ready to face that just yet. I know that sounds vain but it is totally freaking me out!!!! Intend to cold cap again for cycle 2 and keeping everything crossed that it works. My hairdresser says I have more than the average head of hair so hoping that's a good thing. Helen xx
Hi Aileen, do you have a web address for Headstart? I've tried Google but not had any luck. I'm on the Herts/Beds border and hoping there's one nearby. Many thanks. Sue X
2nd cycle FEC today. Different from first session very tired with headache slept on and off this afternoon. Appointment at hairdressers tomorrow - not sure how much will be left to cut though. Only 4 cycles to go yay!! Good luck to everyone wherever you are in this journey. Xx
Tonya. That is exactly how i feel about losing my hair. There are lots of people i see who do not know i am ill and if i lose my hair then everyone will have to know. I would just prefer to be able to look and feel normal on the good weeks.
However, I have come to terms with the fact that i might lose my hair regardless of cold cap. Someone on here recommended Headstart who do one hour 1 to 1 appointments to look at hats and scarves that suit you. I have an appointment for next Thursday so hoping enough of my hair stays until then. They are in different places all over UK if you want to try them.
first FEC I was absolutely fine with so don't worry just enjoy feeling good. 2nd cycle slightly worst but after a few days begin to feel normal again. Drs have told me to do things when I can bcus there will be days when you can't. Feelings wise all over the place. Have you had surgery yet or chemo first? Colista xxx
Glad you are feeling better Helen. Hope the doctor can sort our mouth out. I am 10 days after my 2nd fec and have felt back to normal quicker this time
Re hairloss i think it doesn't normally start until 2 to 3 weeks after chemo. I didnt lose any before my 2nd fec so i thought the ice cap had worked a treat. However sadly it started the day after and has been falling out steadily ever since. However, after the initial panic i am amazed every day how much can fall out and yet i still have a full head of hair. it is much thinner as my hair was really thick to start with but i don't think anyone else would notice. I'm just hoping that if i carry on with the ice cap i will be able to keep enough to make do. Fingers crossed for helen and anyone else who is trying the ice cap.
Emma Jane my profile is a family photo. I've not sent request, can't find you! You can find me easier, Colette Sinclair xx
I'm also having chemo first. My understanding is shrink the tumour and as it is in the nodes so yap as much as possible. If it works and shrinks possibly only need a lumpectomy instead of a mx. 2nd cycle on Tuesday (fingers crossed bloods ok). Due to have hair cut next week but not sure if I'll need it - hair coming out in handfalls!!!! Not looking forward to next week have felt nearly normal in the last week, although I have a massive appetite at the mo!