I had my last session today - woo hoo 🙂 I thought I would feel happy, or relieved maybe, but strangely I just feel a bit flat. My Mum treated me to lunch to celebrate, so that was lovely. So far my skin is fine, just a bit pink. The radiographer said that any effects can still appear for up to 2 weeks, but so far so good. Hope all you lovely ladies are doing ok xx
Hi ex August people. Wanted to update on my side effects etc. I am 9 days after finishing my 50 Gy in 25 sessions. Tiredness peaked 2 days after I finished, but since then I've felt better every day. Only meant to go back to work a week later on half days, but actually haven't. I've been nearly full time. Skin is still hot, pink and blotchy like a pomegranate and peeling just under my armpit, Starting to get brown. Feeling good x. Good luck to all you sizzlers.
Woke up with quite bad stabbing searing pains in my boob this morning, made worse when I moved, and boob is hot and pink.
In the upside, I had rads session nine today, so just six to go x
Also have my review meeting in the morning, anyone already had one and know what is entailed? Had another image/xray(?) taken on the table today, apparently so they could check that I was still being zapped in the right position?
Hi Monica, I had a holiday a few weeks ago, post surgery but pre rads, cost me £33 for a week's cover with InsuranceWith x
There is light at the end of the tunnel - I know it doesn't feel like it but you do get there! Monica I had travel insurance with our bank, gave them a ring and told them everything and they just excluded breast cancer which I think can be taken off after a couple of years. As far as I was concerned nothing was going to happen in a week and if I found a lump or anything I would be able to wait till I got home. I have read on other threads on here that euro tunnel are good for travel insurance. I would recommend a holiday - it's certainly done me some good, nice to have a week away, not having to do the usual mundane things!
My appointsments have also been late afternoon so you are hanging about. Normally I'm in and out quite quickly but yesterday I waited nearly an hour. Hope it's better today. Also I usually have two female radiographers but yesterday because of the backlog I went into the room where the men usually go & I had two men looking after me. They were very nice & if I'd been 20 years younger I might have enjoyed the experience but as it was I just felt very uncomfortable . Just me being silly.
Hi Sharon Did you take out travel insurance? I would like to go on holiday early next year but I have heard horror stories about the prices ins companies charge.
Hi everyone, hope you are all doing well. I had a lovely holiday and no problems with boob! Kept in the shade first couple of days but then sunbathed as normal, slapped on lots of factor 50 and if boob felt hot covered up my bikini with a shirt. It was very hot even at night! I'm feeling much better in myself now and think the tamoxifen is out of my system now. Got to pick up new prescription this week- Letrozole so will see how I get on with that. Am off for a bone scan next week, just when you think you've finished with hospital appointments you get another! Sleeping is still a problem, didn't take any sleeping pills while I was away as you're not meant to have alcohol with them and I did want to have a couple of drinks! I still have a mountain of ironing to do, so can you send someone round please Jill! Went back to my boot camp fitness class last night - good to see everyone again. It was hard and my legs are aching but I managed to do the whole class ok. On another note I hardly had any hot flushes while I was away and I wonder if eating lots of tomatoes helped - just remember reading on here tomato juice was good for hot flushes! Hope you all are getting through rads now and not having too many side effects. Bye for now, off to work later, Sharon xx
21 down, 4 to go.
Jill, I had a bad reaction to E45 too, only used it once, I suppose with our skin being so sensitive anyway, anything is likely to cause a reaction. I'm sticking to the aloe vera as it has been ok for me. Boob is very sore now underneath where my bra rubs on it so I now have a trainer sock stuffed underneath...honestly, you couldn't make it up!
I love the whole bell idea, every hospital should have one! Good luck this week everyone xx
Hi Jill, thanks, reassuring to know once again on this lovely forum that I'm not alone in my feelings/responses to things, that will help me greatly tomorrow I'm sure x
Oh Val, I was lucky not to have chemo, I'm sure rads is nothing in comparison, and as Jill says, will be over in three weeks x
Hi Jill, yes it was a bit daunting and strange. But wasnt as bad as I thought, in and out fairly quickly. After chemo anything is better believe me
Having 15 in all, they said 25 at first then changed it thank goodness lol. Had left Mx in March, 6 chemo FEC T - so compared to that this seems a much better end to it all. Although followed by 10 years letrazole - not looking forward to that bh
Hi Val, good to get the first session done with, at least now you know what to expect each day.
How many are you having? x
Hi all, please may I join you, I started TODAY......lol, all went ok, not as bad as I feared....I did join the other September group too, all advice and support is always welcome.
Yes Jill, I now have more sessions behind me than in front, yay!
Kind of good news eh about the rash, least that means it won't necessarily get worse x
I had my eighth session this morning, and after a three day break I was back on high anxiety again, having relaxed into it a bit by the end of last week, hope that settles down again and I can stop the muscle spasms in my shoulder blades.
Had a tears moment too when another lady rang the bell in the waiting area to signify finishing her treatment and everyone clapped, such a feeling of camaraderie 😪
I have pins and needles in my hand too, hoping that's not a sign of any developing Lymphodema?
I look look like such a whinger reading that back, I'm actually feeling not bad today, hope everyone had a good bank hol weekend xxx
Hi All, some of us started rads in Aug and are continuing into Sep, so we thought we'd have a new thread. There is already a "starting mid Sep" thread, but we've already started. As always though on this lovely haven of support, all welcome to join in of course x