Thanks Runnerbean for your advice and thanks Shocked for the hug. I felt a bit silly crying about having teeth out considering what else is going on but as my daughter said, it probably wasn’t so much about the teeth but just a bit of a vent, which I guess could be true. Anyhow, onwards and upwards. I hope you all are able to enjoy your Christmas and you get lots of lovely things from Santa. I know I am looking forward to mine as our first grandchild is joining us
Thanks Runnerbean for your advice and thanks Shocked for the hug. I felt a bit silly crying about having teeth out considering what else is going on but as my daughter said, it probably wasn’t so much about the teeth but just a bit of a vent, which I guess could be true. Anyhow, onwards and upwards. I hope you all are able to enjoy your Christmas and you get lots of lovely things from Santa. I know I am looking forward to mine as our first grandchild is joining us 😍
So, at the oncology appt I was advised to have the flu jab and to have a dental check. Flu jab done - no problem but to the dentist today and told I have to have three extractions. I cried more at that than when I was told I had cancer again!!
I’ve just had my date for first appointment with oncology on 3rd Jan I’m also unsure what drugs they will give me - so nervous as I hate anything intravenous but at least I have next week without any appointments for the first time in a month.
In November I had a double mastectomy and left axillary clearance for bilateral breast cancer with some lymph node involvement. This is my second time round as I was diagnosed with right breast cancer some 16 years ago for which I had WLE, total axillary clearance (no affected lymph glands) followed by radiotherapy and hormone treatment but luckily no chemo.
Saw the oncologist on Tuesday but not getting away with it this time and will be starting FEC-T, followed by radiotherapy after Christmas.
While I wasn’t looking forward to the surgery, I wasn’t particularly concerned about it and I am recovering well (touch wood). I am, however, really quite anxious about the chemo. I appreciate that the side effects affect everyone in different ways and to varying degrees and I know that I have to go through this to get to the other side but I can’t help but be a little afraid.
Hello ladies, just popping over from the December thread to see if I can help. I have just had my second cycle of an accelerated treatment (every two weeks for each cycle). I had my eyebrows micro bladed before I started treatment so I would have an idea of where they were meant to be when they fell out! I had my long hair cut into a bob. I'll only have it for a couple of weeks but it gets you used to having less hair and also finding out how cold your neck gets! Sort out a wig, some bandanas, turbans, whatever you are going to fancy wearing on your head. Try painting your nails a dark colour as that is meant to protect them during treatment. Get some meals in the freezer or ask for some Cook vouchers or similar for Christmas. I also have a squirt of vitamin D each day, an activia to keep your gut healthy and a spoon of manuka honey to boost immunity. You might want to buy some mouthwash for a dry mouth (biotene I thinks it's called), some bonjela if you get ulcers, a soft toothbrush, sensitive toothpaste...gosh I didn't think there was much but there's loads!
Most importantly, try to have a nice Christmas. I found the waiting for results and to start treatment was the worst part. I almost skipped into the hospital on the first day! The treatment is fine, the nurse sits with you while she administers the drugs, you get a cuppa and lunch, there are other women going through it who you can chat with and pick up tips. Rest up for a day or two after treatment as I have found them the worst. Make sure you don't suffer in silence, I was sick for 24 hours after my first treatment and after a change in my anti sickness drugs I haven't been sick this time which made a huge improvement in my recovery after this treatment. Everyone is different, some of you will have bad side effects and others will sail through. Just be kind to yourself, look after yourself, let other people support you and this time next year it'll all be over.
Good luck xx
It's not silly or vain if that's what helps you. It's about self confidence and getting through it the best way for you. Personally, I didn't lose much of my eyebrows or lashes, so hopefully it won't be too much of a problem for you.