Hello, can I join in? I will be having my first chemo either next week or week after. Feeling very apprehensive but maybe the waiting is the worst bit. Just want to get started and get the chemo working on this horrible cancer that dares to be in my body! Didn't think I'd be worried about losing my hair (it's quite short anyway) but actually, when it comes to it, I am incredibly nervous about it...not sure why. Would love to follow the progress of others who are starting chemo in August. Thanks!
best wishes for your first chemo - it is a scary prospect as you don't know what to expect. First they will take bloods to ensure your white cell count is OK. I had a lovely nurse who asked me how I was feeling (emotional) so she whipped the screens around my little chemo booth to afford some privacy. She put a cannula in the back of my hand then attached a drip and started to administer the chemo manually. This took about 1 hour and she chatted to me all the while. She really put me at ease, I trust yours will do likewise. There was room in there for my husband who was a great support. The chemo felt a little cold as it went in (they store them in the fridge). The first few days afterwards I was fine - the steroids they give you help with that.
Everyone reacts differently to the chemo and my symptoms won't necessarily be the same as yours, but one thing to say is that they are manageable and they don't go on for ever. Talk to your breast care nurse and you will be given a hotline number to talk to trained nurses night or day if you are worried about your symptoms. Once again, best wishes for your first and subsequent sessions