Hi Loopy, I've been pretty rubbish at posting recently, have had 3 FEC and have my first taxotere on Tuesday. There is a great hints and tips thread which I round really helpful. I found losing my hair a bit of a mixed bag really. I had my hair cut short by a great friend of a friend who is a hairdresser (I had a long curly blond bob), warned my 4 year old that my hair was all going to fall out and then asked my sister-in-laws for help with tying scarves. The falling out was awful, and a real mess, I wore a cap at night to avoid it going everywhere. Now it's gone it's not so bad - doesn't really look like me when I look in the mirrow, but it's not for ever.
I have had a bit of bad time on FEC, but this week I feel great! I took all the meds (sickness/steriods) and now also have bone marrow booster injections every cycle. I found it really hard to sleep after the first few days - lots of tossing and turning, my scar really hurt and where they fitted the port really hurt too. Although it can be a real battering, a lot of the side effects are sortable. Keep asking for help from your Onc team if some of the side effects are a problem. I had a really itchy skin rash from FEC for 4 weeks - over my back, chest and face - looked lovely with my newly bald head! I asked 2 doctors what it was and no one knew, the third doctor - bless her, said it was a reaction to FEC - a bacterial infection and prescribed antibiotics. Within days the rash started to calm down and it has now gone.
I had a break because my blood count was too low, and whether it was a co-incidence or not some hair on my head grew back. Chemo nurse said taxotere would get rid of it - so short lived, but gives hope about how quickly things can get back to normal. I haven't lost all of my eyebrows (but lost leg hair etc - yippee) but they have thinned. Some lovely ladies mentioned Benefit Browzings - and I have to say it works really well - not cheap, but soooo worth it.
I have a place at "look good...feel better" workshop at my hospital in August,supposed to help with make-up etc, not sure what it will be like, but I'll give anything a go that might help (also apparently get a great goody-bag).
Sorry, for long rambling post, hope it helps, as some else has said, everyone's experience is so different. I took a lot of comfort from some posts that said FEC was fine for them, it really isn't awful for everyone.
Wishing you all the best for Thursday xx
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