Hi, I have just signed up to the forum after having my first lot of chemo yesterday. I am worried as i feel ok, i was expecting to feel really awful. I have been taking all the suggestion medication i took away with me, and apart from feeling tired, although i put alot of that down to being petrified of starting the treatment. I had surgery at the end of June, and i would rather have had another operation, that start the chemo! I appreciate each course will get harder, but all being well my chemo should be finished before christmas. I opted for the cold capping for this course only, as i get married in two weeks time, and if i can keep my hair for the wedding that would be great. Although i have now worked out, if it does go, it will be bang on the wedding date, not ideal, but never mind
Lol....Bali you've made me chuckle with the car vision!! Good job we still have our sense of humour eh 😀
Hmmm me thinks you need to work on your hubbie slightly 😉 a sarnie & coke doesn't quite have the same wow factor as a new car.......still you'll be fuelled up 👍
Hope you get your chemo fix soon then you can get back to home comforts! Good luck 💕 B xx
To be honest I've been off work since mid June. Must admit at times I feel like a fraud but initially my emotional state was so draining I just couldnt cope with the pressure of my job & commute along with everything else.
I was told by my BC nurse that some do work through chemo but as I feel at the moment I know I couldn't give my role the 100%+ that it requires. Although my work friends & colleagues are great, I know that once my bum's on that seat then it's full on work work work.
I'm also conscious of low immune system during chemo & so feel it wise to just be cautious & not expose myself to a busy office environment where potentially easy to pick up germs/bugs etc.
I think it's down to how you feel in yourself but don't overdo it. We need all our strength to fight for our health.
Ladies - I wondered if any of you worked throughout the chemo treatments, and if you did how it has been. I plan to keep working when I can, but realise that this is possibly unrealistic. I'd value some input on this.
Good luck with whatever you are dealing with today.
Well done Maxine.
Try not to worry too much....it really isn't as bad as you may think. Hope you have a relaxing day today. Will be thinking about you tomorrow..... Good luck!!
Sending love 💕 B xx
Morning all you luvlies!
Welcome LuckyLass. Sending ove & support 👭
Good luck to the 2nd sessioners today......thinking of you 😘
I'm happy to report still SE minimal & doing ok .....so far so good. Have a wooly head & feel a bit like have been hit by a truck but it's certainly bearable 👍 It's early afternoons that wipe me out......I seem to go suddenly cold & then just sleep for about 45 mins to regain my va via voom ☺
'Funny' thing is that my boyfriend was graded & awarded his black belt in martial arts street combat last night so he actually looks like he's been hit by a truck!! 🚚 The poor luv is black n blue!! 💗 I'm so proud of him!! 😘
I've been walkes with our pooches in the sunshine this morning 🐕🐕 & so am going to relax a bit now. Hope you all have a good day. Sending love n hugs 💕 B xx
thanks for all the tips im taking everything on board .. visit with oncologist went fine yesterday took some blood and explained everything that will be happening on friday.. She told me i knew more stuff than her about certain things and i explained it was all because of you lovely ladies on here explaining things and she was happy that i had such lovely people to talk too and help me ..... big day tomorrow and believe it or not today im feeling pretty calm about it ... tonight in bed when my brain wont shut down or tomorrow before i go in may be a different matter lol.. hope you are all doing fine and not to many of those nasty Se for any one ...
love and hugs
Well, here is another one, joining you today - 1st Round. Just waiting for transport.
As it is so near the end of August, I shall probably spend a lot of time on the September thread.
Hi all - thanks for the welcome.
27Kate - (and all) thanks for the offer - although I would need to fully comprehend what they were saying in order to be able to repeat it! the real difficulty is in asking questions at the time, akthough my hubby is far better at French - it's really the medical terms that confuse. however when i'm through the magical double doors and hubby is the other side it has lead to interesting situations. One being, prior to a CT scan, the male DR told me to take my bra off, but not my t shirt. I did not hear the "not" - he looked shocked when he came in and quickly told me to dress! He has since done three more procedures - and we now speak a mixture of french and english, both bad at the other's language, and we understand each other a lot better. The really good thing is that because all the staff are so lovely - i speak French to them - and they don't mind my mistakes and i'm gaining in confidence - and so my language is improving. A very positive side effect of cancer.
My next chemo is 9th sept - so i am hoping that next week i will be afr less tired - is this a fantasy - or is it what happens?
Hi Janemolly....just a quick hello to welcome you to our thread. I hope you find everyone's postings as supportive as I do. Such a shame to see so many luvlies on here but reassuring to know we are not alone on our journeys.
Sending hugs to you in France 💕 B xx
Thank you for dropping in GillyR. How lovely that firm friendships have been formed out of adversity 👭👭 It's true to say every cloud has a silver lining ⛅
It sounds like we need to get ourselves a proper name for our thread ladies.....any ideas?? 🌺
B xx 😘
Hi there ladies. I was feeling a bit nostalgic, so thought I would drop in and say hi. I was part of the Amazing Augusts last year on here. We started a facebook page for us all and we are still firm friends to this day and have had one meet up and another booked for November. You will all go through the most amazing journey together and it wont be all bad. You will find laughter along the way with odd side effects etc. It feels now like you are at the bottom of a huge mountain to climb, but I promise you that you will all make it and come out of the other side. So good luck to you all and big hugs xxx
I live in France - and have been looking at this forum - and have found it very helpful as I don't understand french enough to ask questions - and it's good to know others are experiencing the same as me.
I was diagnosed 1 month ago (day before wedding anniversary!) and have a treatment plan of 6 mths chemo - then surgery - then radiotherapy. I started chemo last week - and have decided that the best way of dealing with it is to see it as hopefully geting rid / reducing the cancer. The 4 days after chemo were hell - not helped by having to go back to the hospital, 2 hrs away, the day after chemo for a further bioposy as MRI found another lump. However since then apart from liveable side effects it's okay.
The French care seems a bit different - they are extremely caring and inspire confidence - but I am told rather than asked - (which i like - as they know better than me!) eg Emend is given automatically - as is the cold cap - no thanks is not an option - I tried!
Anyway - good luck to all - can't work out spell check - so apologies for that.
Nice one Kate!!
Sounds like you're doing OK too 👍
Hope you can enjoy another good day today 🌞
I've already wizzed round with the hoover whilst feeling OK. Making hay whilst the sun shines 😉 At least I know I can rest later if I need to. Just the dogs to walk this afternoon which gets me some fresh air 🐕🐕
Much love 😘 B xx
Here's a few bits I listed & took with me for my 1st chemo:
Something fun to distract you....(perhaps friends can help with this?)
Hair conditioner ( if you're having cold cap)
To be honest I didn't even open my book or magazine but better to take too much than be stressed watching time tick by.
Hope this helps & good luck for your appointment today.
B xx 💕
Morning ladies... off to the oncologist today in prep of my first chemo on friday really dying to get it all started and stop the nerves .. would love any advice on questions i should be asking this afternoon and what i would need for friday ..hope your all having a minimal Se day.. love reading all the posts its really helping to put my mind at ease
lots of love
Good morning all. Hope you all slept well.
Good luck today Coock & Bali ......thinking about you both.
Mel.....am loving the sound of your new car....good for you!!!!! Enjoy 🚗
Alijay....another session crossed off for you 👍 Hope you have a restful & SE minimal day. I know what you mean re temperature ....I've been taking mine every morning just to be on the safe side. Thinking that way, at least I've an idea of where my norm is so any major fluctuations I can identify quickly 😕 So far so good!!
Feeling OK again up to now this morning but haven't ventured from bed yet 😉 Was really weak yesterday...no energy & so just listened to my body & rested. Perked up about teatime after anti sickness meds & managed a good night's sleep. Could be a chick flick DVD day today 😀
Have a good day everyone. Take it easy. Sending love 💗 B xx
Good for you Mel, your new car sounds fab and its so good to give yourself a boost during all this, especially after your birthday fiasco!
Good luck with your results today Chook, and Bali with getting your line fitted, it really does make thing easier.
Pleased you're still getting on ok with minimal SE Bevster and lots of TLc from Mum
Had my 2nd Fec yesterday and apart from mild headache and feeling a little quesy ok so far.
Just wondering how often you ladies take your temperature, every day or just if you feel unwell? Think I am in danger of becoming obssessive with it!
Tak care everyone, sorry if I've forgotten to reply to anyone but thank you for your messages xx
Just love it! Is the new car a treat to cheer you up, or something you had always planned to get? I hope you really enjoy driving it.
How's everyone today?
My SE's still very minimal which I'm pleased to report. I just have no energy today & feel very weak & tired. Taking it easy with my feet up at my mum's where TLC is top drawer 💕 My boyfriend is frantically texting & ringing from work making sure I'm resting bless him 😃 Will be trying to make myself feel human by the time he gets home from work 💞
Hope everyone is having a decent day.
Sending love to all. B xx 😘
Sounds like a shocking experience at your A&E hunnie! What a way to see in your birthday!!
Hope you're feeling better now. Especially after a couple of glasses of red which you sure did deserve after all that malarchy!!
Do keep us posted on the new wig.....but more so new car!!! 🚗 👍
With love..... B xx
Good luck for tomorrow hunnie! Soon be another session under your belt....ticked off & done n dusted....happy days 👍
Doing OK myself.....so far so good. SE's minimal at mo so hoping it stays that way! Just listening to my body & resting when I feel the need 😀
Hope all you luvlies ladies are having a nice chillaxing bank holiday & coping with everything OK.
Thinking of you all & sending love n hugs 💟 B xx