Thanks Maggie - followed your example and had chocolate after treatment. Dropped niece off, went to beautiful Botanical Gardens had a walk and lunch before treatment. It was fine - staff all efficient but caring checking I understood everything and if I had any questions before starting. It’s just a weird feeling lying there listening to machine do it's stuff and thinking about whether there is anything left in there for it to zap - so I did some visualisation and took my mind out of the room. Biggest pain now is they have given me appointments between 4 and 5.30 for rest of week which means will probably hit all the commuter traffic 😏
My other biggest pain is the hot flushes which have kicked in with the Letrozole - been through menopause once and hating that feeling again.
Hope everyone else is getting through OK
Maggie must be great to get to end 🎉🎉
What lovely treats.
i hope you have a good distracting time with your niece.
The latest episode of Bodyguard is definitely in order.......
Morning Anxious Soul- yes catch up on. Bodyguard- so good and will distract you.
my sister sent me a lovely sleep spray for my pillow and some lavender self heating eye masks - they helped a lot through chemo when I couldn’t settle.
My distraction this morning is taking our niece to uni as my sister lives abroad - final year you can imagine the amount of stuff lol - we have to drive past the uni on way to hospital so not out of our way.
Have a good day xxx
Good morning everyone,
I am feeling a little anxious this morning, I will have to try and keep busy and catch up on Bodyguard.
Bibi and Wombat woo - we can do this.
Maggie - after your treatment ends I do hope you have some lovely times walking your dog and whilst outside get to kick those autumn leaves. And I hope you can continue to pop by here.
Whilst going through treatment I had many gifts from family and friends and the two gifts that I really appreciated were a bunch of daffodils mixed with yellow tulips and a bag of jelly beans. As I lie zonked in bed going through chemo both these gifts stimulated my senses.
Anyone else have have any gifts that they really appreciated whilst going through treatment?
Thanks for the kind thoughts Maggie and Anxious Soul - am feeling a bit anxious but not too bad - Bodyguard tonight and Vanity Fair - been watching River on Netflix which I can recommend - lots of distractions on Netflix - Orange is the New Black got me through chemo.
Yey for you finishing tomorrow Maggie 🛎🛎 - hope you recover over next few weeks well - have you any more treatment or are you finished?
Hi Maggie, I have been mostly resting, I had my herceptin injection on Thursday and I think that makes me tired. My appetite is good and since I lost weight whilst on chemo I am pleased with that.
My friend is taking me tomorrow so hopefully we will do something nice afterwards.
I am am an active person, love walking, love being in the countryside and accepting the fatigue has been the hardest thing for me, in fact the thought of fatigue frightens me because I find myself stuck indoors, my least favourite place.
Luckily, the journey tomorrow is lovely and I get to see some lush countryside.
That all sounds lovely. And how is your tiredness? I seem to be tired straight afterwards and then I feel I recharge.
And Bibi - I have not been told not to shower before treatment
Maggie - binge watching has definitely helped me through treatment and of course chocolate.
sending you hugs to help.
For me, the staff said it was okay to moisturise before treatment, they have said diprobase cream or E45 cream okay but they were not okay with me using aloe Vera.
I hope the staff are gentle and friendly with you as I think this always helps.
Morning Anxious Soul - got butterflies and am getting a bit nervous tbh - feels like end of summer - start of a new term.
A question - do I not have to moisturise in morning before treatment ? know I have to moisturise loads but can’t remember and can’t find anything to say whether you should just shower before rads but not moisturise.
Woohoooo, chocolate heaven!
And look at you Maggie, you're nearly there.....
2/15 And can't hear any bells.......
I've just finished my radiotheraphy sessions at Leeds (15 in total) last week. Or as one of my friend put it zapping sessions (not that I minded).... the jokes on him now though as he has to go for some light theraphy session so it will soon be his turn to get zapped!
I drove from home to the hospital each day (1 hour each way) and didn't really suffer from fatigue. I went to work part time (because of the timing of the appointments) and to my normal gym classes. My gym schedule was a standing joke with the radiographers! I'm 52, so no spring chicken but very fit and healthy otherwise.
I recommend you drink LOTS of water. I drank about 2 Litres per day plus tea and coffee and it appears to have helped.
Skin wise. Slap on the moisturiser 2 or 3 time a day and make sure you go right up to your collar bone. Aveeno (which they recommend) is on offer in Waitrose by the way.
I don't have a big chest (B cup) so I guess that impacts the dose....
So 6 days on and all I have to show for my treatment is a discoloured armpit (it looks like I have a tan.....) and some mild skin redness and irritation.
As for getting off the bed in a controlled manner, I was more commando roll than dignified!
Have a great weekend
As always, the NHS staff were totally lovely. I think this is going to be tough for me, this morning I had my herceptin injection which causes fatigue and with the ongoing radiotherapy I think I am going to be shattered.
A painless procedure, I closed my eyes and imagined going on one of my favourite walks.
The good part is that next to the hospital is a lovely hotel within beautiful gardens where my friend and I had a catch up and a coffee.
Good morning Wombat woo, I hope your first session goes okay, I will be back to see how you go.
Good morning everyone, here goes, I didn't sleep too well last night. My friend is taking me today, picking me up around 1pm.
Good luck tomorrow Wombat Woo and Anxious Soul xx
Aliand must be tough for you thinking about your son going away as well as going through rads - sending you big hugs 🤗- hope you manage to get through it OK.
Im starting next Monday - I’m not too nervous atm, although people do keep telling me this is the easy part - I’m hoping they are right but I think you have to wait and see how you feel - just because the process is straightforward doesnt mean it doesn’t affect you.
Hi, I have recently finished 23 sessions of radiotherapy and had no problems, other than slightly swollen and pink. A week later and it is very sore around the nipple and the scar area where I had lymph nodes removed. I have been using organic coconut oil all the way through but it’s not bringing me any relief. Does anyone have any advice on what to use, thank you
Yay well done for the first one, I am sure you will get the hang of the breathing very quickly, you will be on no. 3 today already.
Your rads team should be keeping an eye on your skin and it might be worth asking them if chemo makes your skin more sensitive.
I am pleased you got some comfort from your coffee shop experience. Remember you can rant and rave on here and we wil get it. Remember it is okay not to be okay.
no I cant talk to the staff, they are lovely and one of them offered me a hug today, but I just want to get in and out as quick as possible hugs will just make me fall apart and I dont want to do that alone at a radio appointment. If I fall apart afterwards I'm happy to go to councelling I dont mind falling apart there with a safe space and someone used to it where I'm not holding anything up.
Today toast and costa coffee helped before I wandered home. My eldest is off to uni on 22nd, I will still have 3 sessions after he goes so I dont want him going away thinking I am in bits, he will have enough to contend with and as I am in liverpool and he will be in london its not like he will see me that oftrn to reassure himself.
Thank goodness for coffee shop sanity