I can definitely recommend the Polymem dressings, I used them when the skin split under my boob and they worked like a dream, they are miraculous!
Ask you team if they can give you a supply of Polymemo dressing, that is what I was given when it looked as if my skin was breaking down. Fortunately it didnt however it certainly worked in helping protect my nipple against rubbing on my bra.
Great idea to do pink BizzyLizzy but I’ve been talked out of it by my horrified family. Age came into some of the arguments which made me feel about 105. Really, can’t we have a bit of fun! So I am doomed to have a safe colour. Or maybe I’ll rebel!
I coloured my own - pink at the ends for breast cancer awareness
it was fine
had a trim last week was shocked how many grey hairs have appeared since my diagnosis
but at the routes - so have not tackled them as yet but the dyed bit is fine
feel a bit like a tabby cat lol but having my hair cut removed all the dry ends from treatment
I know exactly how you feel, when I was having my rads it was over the Xmas period 2016/2017 and it extended my rads by 5 days, all I wanted was to get to the end of it, but you get there xx
Cant help on the colouring thing though.
I know this sounds completely counter intuitive and that most of you will be enjoying the sunshine over the bank holiday, but I’m feeling frustrated that I’ve got three days off instead of getting to the end of my radiotherapy. So it stretches out into the distance again. Sorry!
I also have a question for you. I’m trying to find out when I could start a recolouring my hair after radiotherapy ends. The question seems to get mixed up with advice on chemo and I am findind everything from
‘not a problem’ to ‘wait 12 months’. Did anyone else ask their oncologist? I’m not sure mine is sufficiently in tune with female concerns to have an answer to that!
Have a lovely holiday everyone
Hi Jencat no I didn’t have a choice! It was a mouthpiece like a scuba diver uses and measured my breath intake to stop at the same point every time, I think. I had quite a large area in the field, from underarm nodes right across to my sternum as I’d had a deposit there. It was ok though, just made my mouth very dry, so I took a bottle of water into the changing room so I could have some as soon as I possible.
I didn’t find my arms aches any more than usual, but I was taking regular paracetamol anyway so that might have been the reason!
Nice to see the sunshine today, but feeling tired this evening. Hope you had a good day. Xx
Thank you Butterfly x I shall enjoy Monday and not having to go to the hospital!
No, I'm not using a device for the breath holding, I wasn't offered one, were you? I've had images taken every day so far and I think they're going to take them again when I go on Tuesday. Finding my arms ache, but it's improved a bit now I take paracetamol beforehand.
Hope you enjoy the long weekend xx
Well done Nat and Andi, what a lovely feeling.
Jencat, I too had the breath holding - are you using a device or doing it yourself? The first 4 sessions I had imaging done and it does make the session longer, but once they are happy with your position they’ll only do it once a week I think so hang in there! Enjoy the rest over the long weekend and take care in the sunshine.
I’m 8 days post rads, and my skin is still holding up. Just using aloe Vera straight from the fridge twice a day, it does make me smile when I use it as it feels cold on some bits but feel nothing on others! Can’t say the fatigue has been noticeable, maybe it’s because I had 8 rounds of chemo and in comparison this was a doddle? Am enjoying getting back to feeling my new normal!
Have a a good weekend ladies and take care in the sunshine. Xx
Ding dong, I have just run outside and rang my doorbell for you.
Yay thats it now no more and you can start to get your life back. Keep on with your regime for the next two weeks as you will still be feeling the effects of the rads but well done lady. I hope you are doing something nice tonight
Thanks Cassie and Andi, rads going ok, but the sessions have been quite long because I've had images taken everyday so far and also because of having to hold my breath. My arms were painful on Mon and Tues holding them in the same position for so long, but I've taken some parcetamol before the session for the past couple of days and that has made it a bit easier.
Great news that tomorrow is your last session Andi x
Cassie, does it feel strange now you've finished?! x
Just been outside and rung the doorbell for you.
Well done and no more daily apts to control your life. Keep on moisturising and taking in the fluids over the next couple of weeks.
Sending you hugs
Thank you all for your good wishes. 2 sessions down, 23 to go! The sessions so far have been about 50mins long because of getting me into the right position, taking images and having to hold my breath-apparently my technique was better yesterday! My arms are really uncomfy being in the same position for so long-when I went for my planning, they suggested I took some paracetamol beforehand, so might do that tomorrow as it's going to be another long session!
It was funny yesterday though as I was meant to have an information meeting before I had rads. ED had come with me, so I asked the radiographer if she could come in too. However he'd forgotten about the meeting and told me to get changed and took ED with him. He obviously must have thought that ED was very concerned about me, so gave her a tour and showed her the equipment and how it worked! It made me chuckle as I realised what had happened, ED hadn't though, so was a bit confused about it all! (Radiographer remembered about the meeting when I was lying topless on the machine!) xx
Thanks Jencat. Have had no issues with my skin so far and can’t say aches are any worse either. Maybe ribs a bit sore on the side treated but manageable.
Good luck for yours and hope you don’t have any issues. Xx
Starting radiotherapy at long last tomorrow! Feeling a bit apprehensive now though, but I suppose that's normal! xx