Congratulations Angela, you've done it! I felt a little emotional at my last session, I think because the staff were so lovely and it's a strange feeling that treatment has come to an end.
Have a wonderful Christmas and best wishes for 2018 xxx
I know exactly what you mean, there was one day I was feeling really sorry for myself, then a little one was wheeled in for rads and it just made sit back and realise just how lucky I was.
Enjoy your celebrations you so deserve it xxxxx
Thanks ladies - I'm pleased to report that last night was much better - I really did drink over 2 litres of water yesterday plus normal tea, juices etc so it could well have been not enough water that made me feel slightly nauseous the night before.
Today, I'm feeling as though my period is trying to return - after 6 months without one (due to chemo etc) I'm really hoping not but it's a feeling I still remember....... fingers crossed it's just hormones and it will all just settle down!
Good luck to all ladies having rads today - another step closer to that finishing line..... x
Whey hey thats it over well done you got there, no more active treatment.
I know when I walked back to my car after my last one I just burst into tears, I think it was just the realisation that I had got there xxx
Ringing the bells for you mate, have a wonderful Christmas and a fab 2018, but remember that you will still be feeling the effects of the rads for a couple of weeks so keep up your regime and make sure that you take in plenty of fluid.
So happy for you and hope you are going to do something really nice to celebrate.
I have a water bottle on the bedside table which when I wake and have a dry mouth I take a swig and swish the water round my mouth before I swallow it, seems to work.
Perhaps you need to rest a bit more as well. Just mention it to the team tomorrow they might be able to suggest something
I'm suffering a very dry mouth and slight nausea - I'm drinking loads - which could account for the nausea but my mouth at times still feels dry!
However, nausea was particularly bad during the night when I woke up - could it just be excitement of Christmas and anxiety at finishing active treatment?
Any advice extemely appreciated. x
Thats great having that support will be invaluable xx
I must admit occ health didnt want me to work at all during and for 4 weeks after but I would have gone stir crazy as I had already had 6 weeks off after my op. I dont do a stressful job which makes it a lot easier.
It is really good that you have counselling, I had 6 sessions this time last year and it was so beneficial xxx
I was fortunate I was able to continue working throughout my rads and for a month afterwards, but then I only work part time anyway and they would only allow me to do 12 hours a week.
Make sure that you have a proper phased return to work when you do return though xxx
Thats sound about right its amazing how it takes it out of you in ways that you would not imagine.
I remember feeling that way because you just know that wonderful day is around the corner. I started rads a year ago yesterday, it seems like a lifetime away now 🙂
What an amazing post and something that the ladies coming after you can take heart from in that there really is a light at the end of the tunnel even on our darkest days.
Sending you much love and happiness for Christmas and 2018
and just to add - yes I did celebrate with my Hubby over lunch - a delicious Hummous and roasted veg wrap with a cup of peppermint tea! Oh the high days!
Spent the evening in the company of my sister at my son's secondary school, feeling extremely festive listening and singing along to their Festive Concert - a true delight. x
Thank you Helena - I've seen and heard these bells this morning!
Yesterday was the day of my dreams - let me explain and imagine this picture, it was a beautiful day back in the summer when I was suffering from a particularly bad post chemo day - the sun belting down - everywhere looking gorgeous - everywhere and everyone - except me! I was laying there under a parasol in the shade, wearing factor 50+ suncream, black nail varnish, bald but with a sunhat and shades on and a full length sarong - to be honest I really was feeling sorry for myself! However, I took a long hard breath and wished silently "this is rubbish but if there's any justice - please let all my active treatment be over by Christmas". Several months have passed, chemo finished, left mx and complete node removal done and then the 15 sessions of rads ..... hooray! All done - YES my wish (my dream) came true. It just goes to show if you believe in something hard enough it can happen...... I will end right there.
All it does leave me to do is I hope all you other ladies a completely painfree time of rads - they'll be over very soon and in the meantime I really do wish a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY and more importantly HEALTHY New Year to one and all. Much love Jay68 xxxx
Woo hoo, thats it rads all finished and I hope you have enjoyed your lunch today.
Have a wonderful Christmas and we are ringing the bells for you this evening xxxx
Well done to all those who have finished with their active treatment. Keep up with the water and the cream!
Good luck for those on rads today!
I am on my last one - hip hip hooray 15/15 will be done at 12 o'clock - then I'm out for a mini celebratory lunch with my Husband - end of active treatment? - not quite, still having 3 weekly injections of Herceptin until June at least.
Congratulations HeadandHeart and Julie. Are you doing something nice to celebrate? Definitely take things easy, especially with all the Christmas festivities going on. I finished last Wednesday and the fatigue is definitely kicking in. My skin has become redder and more sore over the past couple of days too. All to be expected. A phased return to work is definitely the way to go, when you are up to returning xx
Hope you feel better soon Ruth xx
I had my op on 13 October last year and finished rads on 19 January this year, it was mainly because I had mine over christmas which extended the time and I had 20 sessions in total.
No one is a fraud in this journey, no matter how little or much we go through with our treatment, we still have had the diagnosis and gone through treatment xxx
Thanks for the bells Helena although I feel a bit of a fraud, I only had my lumpectomy on 30th October and have now finished treatment.
I really feel for the ladies who have had chemo too it’s such a long haul.
Wishing everyone one a fabulous Christmas and please accept the help offered, don’t be stubborn like I was last time (cooking Christmas dinner with 2 drains in a bag over my shoulder adamant I could do it) it wore me out so accept the help.
Merry Christmas 🎁🎁
Hopefully it will not come to much but just keep an eye on it and ring your bcn if you are concerned
Sound about right the discomfort but it should get easier as the days go on
Woo hoo, thats it all over active treatment finished, ringing the bells for you tonight.
Oh I am sure you will miss that 80 mile round trip, not!!!
Remember to keep your regime up for the next couple of weeks as you will still be feeling the effects of the rads.
Have a wonderful Christmas
Oops I must have put a 5 instead of an 8, well you got them early.
Oh absolutely you need to do a phased return and remember to keep up your regime, getting plenty of rest too, your body will def let you know when its had enough, but honestly it does get better. I am 11 months post rads and only occasionally get fatigue which is generally when I have not taken enough fluids in during the day, silly me you would think I would have learned by now 🙂
Have a wonderful Christmas