Just started the 'Moving Forward'course run by Breast Cancer Care and have to say finding it really useful. In addition, meeting up with some of the people I met on the chemo suite and a number I didn't has also been enlightening and en-riching. If you haven't been invited to one of these, ask your breast care nurses if they are available in your area!
PS It's sclerosis or hardening of the weins I have from chemo, not cording and it has improved a little!
Just dropped back in to congratulate you on coming so far. Can't quite believe where the time has gone. I've had a post treatment "holistic" meeting with my specialist nurse and been told I am now in the vulnerable phase between treatment finishing (except for herceptin injections - yippee!) and getting back to "normal" (which has shifted from before diagnosis "normal") and I must be very cautious about going back to work full-on too soon as I may not be able to cope. Find this a bit scary as I am used to being in control.
Good luck to you all, remember to look after yourselves, lots of love Mary
All these things they don't tell you about! I do think the chemo nurses in the unit I went to need some education about this. No one has advised me what to do about it just said it's a side effect of chemo and my GP hasn't a clue!. I'm going to go to one of the Maggie's Centers to see if I can get some help there!
Has any body got an issue with 'cording' in their chemo arm. I went to the chemo suite 4 weeks ago as I was expereinceing some pain in my chemo arm. (Had soem during chemo but it had then resolved). Nurse just said to come back of it goes red. Four weeks on I have pain, tightness and lumps and no-one at the hospital seems to be bothered. I had EC-T.
Wow, looks great! I've been using Nioxin shampoo and conditiner and do think it's helped thicken up my hair. You can get it from Amazon but I think it;s cheaper from Live Better with Cancer website.
I am also easily tired since our chemo, although i have also had 2 operations over the summer so not sure whether i am tired due to chemo or the ops. My nails are also still very delicate - I am keeping them short and have lots of nail strenghthener and nail varnish on in the hope of keepng them. I also often still have a slightly dodgy tummy and a few of those spots on my hand i used to get in the third week. I thought I might still be tired now and with low immunity but I am surprised by how many other side effects are still ongoing. In a way it is a comfort to hear i am not the only one but I hope we can all be back to normal asap.
Hi Amylou, I'm with you on the knackered point. Yesterday I went to meet friends in London and today barely left the sofa! I'm due to start radiotherapy in a couple of weeks and I'm told that also make you tired. Hair still not growing as quickly as I would like but Friday was the first day I went out without a wig or scarf on. How brave was I!!
I had it done by a really good practioner called Bev White, http://www.beverleywhite.co.uk and Bev uses microblading technique - people can't believe they aren't real! She's based in Rossendale Lancashire but is also working once a month at Expert Aesthetics in Alderley Edge Cheshire 🙂 x
I'm the same as you, loss of sensation in toes and balls of feet but am able to drive. For some reason I seem to notice it more when I'm in bed. I understand it can take months but not sire how many. I do think it's improving in teeny tiny increments. I guess the people who would have more answers finshed chemo way ahead of us!
Eyebrows on their way back but treated myself to semi-permanent eyebrows and once I got used to them have decided it's the best thing I have ever done!
Eyelashes coming back but someone I met who finished chemo 14 months ago said her lashes came back, then went again before coming back permanently so if this happens - don't panic! 🙂
anyone suffering from lack of sensation/tingling feeling in feet and fingers?
its 8 weeks since last chemo and I hoped this would have lessened by now. Haven't driven at all since surgery but I'm getting frustrated having to rely on hubby. Should I drive? Last time I drove I did have a couple of "s**t is my foot on the pedal moments" because I couldn't feel properly. Would Like to hear from anyone whose been through this. How long does it last?
Hello ladies, talking of hair (have variable baby chick like fuzz on head) does anyone have any progress with eyebrows or eyelashes yet? Starting to worry they will not come back and strangely more concerned about my eyebrows than my head!! Hope everyone is doing well, finished radiotherapy yesterday and celebrating at legoland later (!) x
Thanks loobylou. It is great to here people who have found it not so bad. Congratulations on being finished - must feel good. Aileen x
I'm just home from the hospital again. It was my third op this year (investigation in Feb, Lumpetomy and node clearance 6 weeks ago and back today as the margins on the lumpectomy weren't sufficient so they had to take a bit more!). Glad thats over with - hopefully my last op for some time. Although the surgeon did allow me to go my family holiday to Italy in between so not all bad. Just radiotherapy to come in a few weeks and then all done - can't wait to put the whole thing behind me.
How is everyone else doing?
Good for you Mary 😀
Thanks for the Asda tip will defo check them out.
off to post op review tomora and hopefully learn what action next (expecting radiotherapy).
stay well 💐❤️Xx
Hi March starters,
Cannot believe it is now August! Hope you are all progressing OK.
For me, chemo & radio now done, Hormone tablets started & Herceptin injections ongoing. It was a good feeling coming out of last meeting with Oncologist to book next appointment "in 3 months".
Re bras: try ASDA soft/comfort bras (I remove the padding). I have found them really comfortable for radio & post radiotherapy. They are also cheap at £6 each! Radiotherapy gave some "hot spots" & as a result the scar where lymph nodes removed became infected. 2 weeks of antibiotics have sorted it. Have had an ultrasound & been told node is enlarged but not cancer, and to have another scan in 3 moths.
Again, hoping you are all OK;
love to all, Mary xx
With you there re hair Suzie Q! Nails lifting and badly stained but wearing polish and keeping them really short and trying to save them! 🙂