Hi everyone, I had my first chemo 10 days ago and the first week was rough with feeling really sick and terrible tiredness. Now though feel back to my old self which is such a relief. I had the injections too and by day 3 my bones were aching so much. Anyone else had this? Injections now stopped and pain gone so much better. Not sure what to expect with the next session, do you normally feel better or worse as the chemo sessions go on?
I got a wig too and looks almost real although needs to be trimmed up by a hairdresser. A little worried as my dog was taking rather too much of an interest in it in it's box. It may end up being burried in the garden by him! 😮
It really helps to know you ladies are all going through this with me. It is a scary time and like some of the other ladies I also have a big problem with needles. But onwards and upwards 1 down and 5 to go 🙂
Murphy so good to hear your doing much better, yep I had red face and neck and it looked like a bad day in the sun. Also have some really bad spots which I have never suffered with, they have gone now though.
My wig looks better in style than my own because I was sitting on my hair, did'nt realise it suited me better shorter. So once it it back to normal my hairdresser is going to match my wig in style and colour, like the guys have said try loads on and you'll be surprised. Have a good weekend everyone. Snapper x
Hello Sarahjane and welcome to the group. Try not to get too nervous about the chemo if you can - if you read back through our posts you will find that we were all pretty petrified before we got going but in general things haven't been as bad as we thought they might be. I am doing the cold cap and as I am now on day 12 I exepct to find out next week whether it has worked! I didn't find it painful but I have very thick hair and in my hospital they only wet the roots of the hair so maybe that helped - preparing myself for the fact that it might just not have worked though and have a wig and scarves at the ready.
Murphy1963 I am hugely impressed to hear your story of the second session that's amazing and good to know there are things that we can do to help ourselves as well.
Zelda I had a very flushed face for my first week - looked like I had been in the sun, but it did die down. No problems with veins though so it might be worth reporting it to your medical team so they can keep an eye on it - I think the E in FEC irritates veins and they might be able to slow it down next time.
Sue456 I hope you are coping with the further delay. Can't advise on the head shaving thing as I am just not brave enough, but if the scarf party idea feels right then I would go for it!
To anyone else I have missed I hope you are having relaxed weekends, take care ladies xx
Hi everyone, Glad to hear you are all feeling in a positive mood, it makes me smile when I hear about the hairloss and just wondering when mine is going to start. Itchiness has settled down and some is coming out but nothing drastic at the moment, so true that if it's killing the hair then also the Big C is feeling it.
Had two days of lunch out and shopping therapy which has made me more like myself, went for my hickman line today and yes it was doable but had the knee trembles after. They all laughed at the doctor and said to him "look what you've done to the patient", thanks for the comments on this so I will know what to expect. Looking forward to my second chemo and get that first 7 days out of the way.
Best wishes Snapper
I’ve had two days of feeling completely wiped out, couldn’t even be bothered to watch tv or read, just wanted to lie still! As s/e go I guess that’s not so bad though. Feeling a bit more lively today so hope to get some fresh air – no lurcher or woodland nearby though so a wander to the shops will have to suffice. I suspect, however, that I will be buying the ingredients and making “go-cake” this afternoon. Sorry if that’s totally TMI
And tomorrow we are going to pick up the wig – had to order without seeing actually colour so that’ll be interesting. Some nice coffee shops nearby so plan a nice afternoon out.
I find it amazing how slow time goes at the time when you’re worrying and stressing, but how fast it seems to have gone when you find yourself nearly at the end of another week. Even for those of us who have had frustrating long waits, I think that by the end of it all in a few months time we will be admiring our new hair and wondering exactly where the winter went.