Thanks for the gp info Gill, I hadn't been told that, so useful to know.
Glad your skin is looking good. My boob is ok apart from a bit of peeling underneath, probably not helped by my bra, but I was given some padding to put on and that as helped. My neck looks like a burn and is a bit ichy, but they were pleased with how it is healing when I had my review on Monday. It doesn't look great though and we've got a family wedding on Thursday! My 90 year old dad suggested I put germoline on it to help it heal!! x
Hi Samantha, I think somehow your post must have got overlooked, so sorry. I was really thirsty during rads and still needing to drink quite frequently now. (I finished my rads last Tuesday) I used to take my water bottle into the room and have a quick drink before I started! I got very dry during the treatment and the radiologists said that the room was air conditioned, so that was probably why. That could be a reason why you're feeling so thirsty x
Can you all see my posts? I've asked a question for the second time on this thread (13.6.18) and nobody has answered again.........☹️
Morning I'm new 2 radiotherapy session done
13 to go
took advise on pain killers water and cream
so many emontions in one place
people ringing bell so happy
You're making me smile with your song comments. I couldn't have music playing during my rads because the radiologists needed to talk to me through the mike, but if I had, I'd have got through a whole CD! x
I actually got to the stage where a song would come on and I would hope I was able to,listen to it all the way through especially if it was a favourite LOL most days it just finished except when they had an issue with the programme / machine 😊
sounds like everyone is doing really well and it’s good to see those numbers clock up and get closer to the finish line! Number 3 for me done today, worried the machine wasn’t switched on the 1st few days as didn’t see any difference, but slightly pink when came out today - went as soon as aveeno applied.
Gill, I will listen out for the songs tomorrow and see if I’m done in one - I haven’t even noticed them so far as I think I’ve been concentrating so hard on keeping still!
Feeling rough this morning, no energy and I ache everywhere. Driving myself today as well, roll on lunchtime when I can take a nap!
Good luck everyone going through and just starting your rad treatment.
I had 15 sessions and had no problems until the 7th day as I had a nausea afternoon due to taking my Tamoxifen in the morning rather than at night and this did knock me sideways just a little, just completely ran out of steam and had to go home from work.
I then only worked a couple of hours in the morning and then went home after my treatment, felt tired but made myself go out for an hour with the dog and after 15 mins walking felt better.
Still drank tea but also lots of squash to keep hydrated, the one day I didn’t drink enough I did feel tired.
My last week my legs did feel heavy in the afternoon and so left work mid afternoon and again Thursday and Friday I went straight home after treatment.
I used Aloe Vera on my skin and in the afternoon Forever Living Aloe First ( which we always use as after sun) and this was great, before going to bed I used Forever Living Aloe & Bee Propolis cream. Have my rad tan but. no problem with my skin at all.
I had a masectomy and my scar on my arm side is lumpy bumpy and tender but apparently this is normal and this should go down in the next few weeks. I have a seroma under the side of my scar and my drain site which is bruised which I hope will go down also.
Any questions please ask, but hope everyone goes though smoothly with as few problems as possible.
Lilacmoon I also had my first session today! Was a bit overwhelmed to start with and blubbed again, but once I was on the bed it was okay.....they said I can bring in my own CD to listen to if I want 🎼
Now I don't know if this is psychosomatic but I am really thirsty! Been drinking lots but mouth feels parched - anyone else had this so soon? I know they say keep well-hydrated but I wasn't expecting a thirst......
You bet it will, already made a note of it xxx
are you taking in enough fluids as that will help with fatigue, good that you are listening to your body as that will help you
Glad you liked them.
I think you are right a combination of everything and it just spills over, which is good as it is better to get it out.
How was your first day after rads xx
Hi DCB and Loz. number 6 for me today and all fine. keep doing arm excercises. I stand slightly in front of a door and raise arms up and back to touch the door. I do keep getting shoulder spasm and take ibrupofen 1 hour before I go, usually half an hour been have had a bit of a wait this last 2 days to machines being down. I know everbody reacts differently but I had a review yesterday and radiography said I will start to see colour change this time next week. She also mentioned my skin was looking really good and asked what I was using. I am using Aveeno 4 times a day. Morning, Lunch time, straight after treatment when getting changed and night time so fingers crossed it will stay this way. Drinking 2 litres a day excluding coffees and always take full bottle with me and knock that bad why waiting and after. Also asked at the end when all the formal stuff had been done if I could do my nails. Yes I can and her words were you can do anything as long as its not in the breast area and won't affect the treatment. Again all clinics are different. I hope my 5 days experience helps you both moving forward with your own. One other thing is walking, I go for a walk through the village every two hours and if I can't do it or in other words can't be bothered I go up and down the stairs till I get a bit of a sweat on.
Fit bit is going on meltdown.
Ladies I am sure all will go great for you and all sessions complete and ringing that bell. Four times it rang in my clinic yesterday and I can't wait to ring it and going to video it also then put on facebook as advise to all my friends that it can be beaten, I have done it, finished active treatment and to inform them all to check their boobs.
Jencat - Ringing that bell for you. and bet it feels so strange not having to go today?
Have a great day all and good rads today. Mine is not till 16:45 today.
Helena, I'm glad I'm not the only one who cried after finishing rads! I couldn't believe how emotional I felt, even getting changed afterwards made me feel teary! (Probably not helped either that I was tired as my treatment was at 8am!)
I loved the bells btw, thank you xx
I feel tired today Dcb, but I'm not sure if part of it isn't down to the emotion of yesterday! I did feel overwhelmingly tired a few times during treatment and had to have naps, but think it was partly down to the journey each day as well. The radiologist said to make sure I drank a lot as that helps with the fatigue. x
I feel as if the physical side is finished, but now I need to spend a bit of time looking after myself mentally x
Glad your first rads went ok Dcb I remember thinking on my second day that I didn't think I could do it and 25 sessions seemed forever! (Didn't know at the time that the 25 sessions were only the ordinary rads and the boosters hadn't been added on yet, good job I didn't!) But once I got into the routine and got to know the staff, the time has gone really quickly! x
Thank you all very much for your lovely replies and for the bell ringing! There wasn't a bell at the hospital, so thank you for those
I didn't celebrate Helena as when I got back YD was in agony with a kidney infection, so spent the afternoon at the doctor's with her! Also, ED won't be back until the weekend, so I'm sure we'll do something then. We did end up at ex-husband's house after the doctor's though and had dinner together with his step-daughter and her two small daughter's, which was nice. (Bit strange I know, but ex-hus and I get on quite well)
I'll celebrate properly once I know the cancer's gone-there was a microscopic amount in the internal mammory node, so I'm sure I'll need to have another scan in a few weeks time once everything has settled down after rads. I've worried a bit that maybe I won't have been given enough rads for it to be zapped, although the radiographers have assured me that the amount of treatments I needed are carefully worked out and the treatment nurse said she'd be very surprised if there would be any cancer left. Despite all this, there is a bit of me thinking perhaps I should have had more boosters to be on the safe side!
Found it quite difficult to sleep last night, I think it was the emotion of the day, so feel tired this morning! I used to go to rads at different times, so it's not really hit me yet that I'm not going today!
It's a year ago today that I was diagnosed with bc, what a year! xx
ringing the bell for you both Jencat and Daisiemoo. - tried to add a flash bell picture but I’m a technophobe!
Great to hear people coming out the other side - how are you both feeling? is it right that the fatigue hits after treatment stops? even if it does I’m sure there is also such a great relief to be finished with those daily trips!
Day 1 done for me, was strangely very anxious but it was all very straightforward! 1 down, 19 to go!
Have great days all
Last rads done today, yeh it is such a good feeling 😊😊😊then went out to lunch to celebrate.
Now the count down starts for my reconstruction in 12 months and the decision of who what and when.
Good luck everyone with there rads over the rest of this month 😊
Yep that is the release of all the emotions, I remember crying on my way back to the car park on my last one, that is it now end of active treatment. Well done you lady it has been a long haul but you have done it.
Ringing the bells for you this afternoon xxxx
Hope you are doing something lovely to celebrate
My tattoes were all the same size I think, to be honest I can not find them now, not sure if the one in the middle is a freckle or the tattoo.
I am not sure about breast cording, perhaps you could put a question on the Ask Our Nurses to see if they might be able to help, alternatively ring your bcn to see if she is able to give you advise.
Thank you all so much for your good wishes Last rads done! Can't believe how emotional I'm feeling though, even felt a bit wobbly when the radiologist put my mat in the bin and said you won't need that anymore! Had a little cry in the changing room and then when I thought I'd pulled myself together, my friend's little boy came toddling over in the waiting room with a big bunch of flowers for me, which started me off again! The receptionist came and gave me a hug and looked like she was going to cry too! I've had a little cry since I got home too, I'm an emotional wreck! xx
Hi Samantha, so sorry your posts weren't answered, that doesn't usually happen.
I'm pretty sure my tattoos are all the same size, they're not very big at all. I was surprised how small they were.
I'm sorry I can't help you with the breast cording question because I've not had it. If you don't find anyone else on here with cording, it might be worth starting a new thread so that more people can see your question. You could also ask one of the nurses by either going on the nurse section on the forum or phoning the BCC helpline x
Can anybody answer my two questions from the 9.6.18? My post appears to not to have been seen? 😔
Hi everyone, it's my last rads session tomorrow! Can't believe it really as I've been going for the past 6 and a bit weeks! (tomorrow will be my 30th session!) Got to be there just after 8, so will have to leave home just after 7 because of the rush hour! I said today I might as well turn up in my pyjamas and then just get dressed afterwards, lol!
In a funny sort of way I'm going to miss going, it's been my routine for so long now and the staff are lovely-one gave me a big hug goodbye today as she won't be there tomorrow. I'll also miss the reassurance of being able to speak to someone daily if I've had any concerns.
I was diagnosed almost a year ago (13th June'17) so it's come round full circle! x