Evening all. Had been doing good but feeling a bit emotional and tired today. All the #no makeupselfies are making me sob. I have a cold too which isn't good is it? I rang my helpline and they said to just watch out for a temperature.
Hair is hanging on although comes out when I run my hands through it so is probably just a matter of time now. I'm back in for my second session on Tues.
Hope everyone is good. Good luck to all newbies xxx
Hi Stewlah glad you are feeling better - I am on day 17 and due to have cycle 2 next thursday, give bloods on Tuesday. Did you have the cold cap - because you are saying your hair is falling out. I had the cold cap and my hair is not falling out but my scalp hurts if I touch it - otherwise I am feeling fine. Im just wondering if you did have cold cap did it now work?
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Hi ladies, just had my first dose of FEC which so far is fine. I think this might be known as the calm before the storm! Debs I just wanted to let you know that like you I have curly hair and I also used the cold cap today for the first time. It was absolutely fine, the only downside is that you have to spend longer at the hospital. I'm not sure if it will work but thought I should give it a go. I've got an appointment to look at wigs on Monday just incase. I've decided to take my two best friends with me so we can have a laugh and I know they will give me an honest opinion.
I'm now on day 13 and feeling so much better. My mouth is very dry and food doesn't seem to taste of much at the moment but, other than that and a bit of tiredness, I am feeling almost normal again.
It's hard to believe that my first chemo was nearly 2 weeks ago. Like others have said I think the key is to remember that the chemo is your friend not your enemy and just make the most of the times when you are feeling well.
I'm starting Tuesday next week. Was meant to start yesterday but woke up with a really bad cold. GP gave me antibiotics as she knows it's better to get started. So a bit of a reprieve but not for long. Pansy50
By the way...im having fec every 3weeks,so although told my chemo is 6months its actually only 3months long...unless im having more than 6 !!! Think i need to ask about that thinking about it!!! Confused myself now lol..
Thankyou for your replies ladies and Donnaandfamily I will be thinking of you on Thursday too. I know this will sound a bit strange but it is slightly comforting to know that someone is at the same stage of chemo as me. I am going to try the cold cap as this is available at my hospital, although I am doubtful if this will be successful as I have been told it is the E in FEC that makes your hair full out and I am having 6 sessions, so we will see. Fingers crossed x
Hi Looby........I am starting on Thursday too....... had heart scan today. So nervous ......... I hope all goes well for both of us. I hope to have a good nights sleep tonight and tomorrow........People on here say that once we have started the fear eases......
Hi everyone I'm starting FEC treatment on Thursday and feeling really scared. Can anyone let me know what to ex
pect. I'm off to the hospital today for blood tests before I start.
Ahhaaa.....found the following info ...may interest others....regarding almond milk
it is free of cholesterol and saturated fat, rich in vitamins and minerals and omega fatty acids. Level of manganese, selenium, and vitamin E is quite high in almond milk. Almond milk can supply 30% of your daily calcium requirement.
It promotes growth and repair functions of the body.
Magnesium helps break down the consumed food into energy.
Vitamin E acts as an antioxidant and destroys the free radicals which cause damage to cell membranes.
Selenium improves the function of reproductive and immune systems. It promotes thyroid function.
No cholesterol, risk of heart diseases is significantly reduced.
Potassium helps maintain normal blood pressure.
Morning......can anyone recommend a milk alternative......I have been told to avoid dairy and soya milk....is Almond milk ok to drink? Trying to plan a healthy diet..........tx Donna
No real hair loss here yet either. I plan to shave it as soon as it starts coming out. Not had many troublesome side effects from chemo (yet?). The nausea has been the worst of it. My mouth feels dry/rough. Today ive been getting some nasty stomach cramps too, not sure if that can be blamed on chemo though. In answer to the question about ages..im 32.
That pain is awful isn't it. After chemo number 4 (first tax) I had Neutropenic Sepsis. Temp 38.7c and zero neutrophils. I was in hospital and crying with pain. Neuts went up from zero to 2.5, then from 2.5 to 11!! The nurses were bringing me extra blankets as I couldn't stop shivering, extra pillows, paracetamol and Ibuprofen. Thankfully my onco put me back on FEC for my final two and I was ok again.
Just as I started to feel better after starting my chemo last week. then last night I began getting severe pain in my lower back and thighs.
I had trouble sleeping and ended up phoning the hospital. They said it was perfectly normal due to the daily injections I have been taking and just to take pain killers. I wish I had known this beforehand because it can be pretty scary at 3am when you are tired and in pain and on your own in the house.
Much better today though. Pain killers are doing their job and hopefull should wear off soon as I have no more injections left to take.
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Hi everyone........ I am waiting on my heart scan on Tuesday prior to starting my first FEC-T chemo on Thursday. I feel so lost right now and scared beyond belief. I took my first citalopram for depression yesterday but it caused my blood pressure to drop and my pulse to 50.....leaving me feeling strange and unable to sleep. I will ask GP to change because I did not want to risk blood pressure and pulse dropping again before my heart scan. I hope these feelings of being so scared and panic ease once I start the chemo? Has anyone else experienced this?
For Mother-In-Law (as no internet)
Started treatment on Monday with her first lot of FEC-T chemotherapy, she is having 4 cycles 21 days apart for 1.5 hours each.
Had anti sickenss tablets for first 2 days after, and then having injections for next 5 days to help with white blood cells.
It seems to have made her more tired than she expected and changed her taste for different things, her throat and top of her mouth have become very sore, and her hands are tingling alot.
She is rubbish at asking questions and the time, so asks after, I am guessing all these things are normal, we have been using the MacMillan site alot for info, but great to see others stories too.
How long will these last?
Hi, hope everyone had some sleep. I am due to start chemo Tuesday for the third try had 2attempts already!having 6 Dec reads then tamoxifen. Cancer grade 3 administered same grade? My complication is I have ms as well not really heard of anyone in same situation.really concerned about nausea and also about getting infections can't hide away for a few months! Love to hear from you wishing u all well.
Morning girls, how are we all feeling?
Mel, how did your first chemo go?
Im starting to feel a little low, I thinks its because im having a rough time with the nausea though. Went to the hospital yesterday and they gave me an injection which helped but it soon wore off. They did give me different sickness tablets to take (cyclizine) so fingers crossed these will work.