I was walking around with grey hairs poking out of my head..OMG I was like come on now give me a break..at times I saw the funny side to it then there were times I didn't wan to look in the mirror. I've a bit of brows hardly any lashes though...my God mother said I should get some fake ones..yeah right LOL
I'm wondering what my hair would look like when it grows back...I'm so counting down to November to finish the herceptin treatment ...am so tired and my body is so stiff!!!!
How have you been handling the hot flushes and sweats?
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It's a good while since I posted anything am still rolling with the punches...I've completed radiotherapy now and gosh that was like a walk in the park compared to chemotherapy!!! Herceptin till November started tamoxfen. Well between the herceptin, tamoxfen, joint aches, hot flushes and night sweats I don't know if I'm coming or going LOL
My hair has decided to grow back which is 'great' but I just want to know why I've got more 'greys' than before the treatment.... mmmmm!
As I'm sitting here typing away I've had about 2 hot flushes followed by a sweating nightmare. I promised myself that I wasn't going to moan and whine because I was in so much pain feel like 80 now...Hope you lovie ladies are hanging in there and taking what is happening to us in your stride..
Take care Yibby xx
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I was just like you by the sounds of things not in my wildest dreams was I thinking Cancer! Just as Mungos_mum I'm 43 now and had been diagnosed with a grade 2 IDC. Had my lump removed in August, completed Chemotherapy in January, started Herceptin in November and will be completing in November this year. I'll be starting Radiotherapy tomorrow!
I'd holidays booked but due to chemo treatment I'd to postpond my trip. So, please wait to you are given the green light if your trip is planned for aboard.
Wish you all the very best throughout your treatment.
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Hiiya amd66!! Girlie it's tough and it's surely not a walk in the park Spookmoo your right... This 'clearance sale' which I call these treatment really sends you in all directions emotionally. Throughout my life I've had to deal with a lot losing my mother to breast cancer when she was 41 then being diagnosed at 42 come now this cancer thing is becoming a pain..so when ever I've the energy I'll dance around my living room (hey all by myself) talk to the TV & LOL...I cried so much yesterday and the day before that cos I know I've to let it out or it's gonna drive me mad...
We have a saying 'it might be for long ...but it's not for ever' !!!!! So, be as positive as you can for yourself take each day a step at a time ..girlie lets put our minds over this I'm so trying this cos my hair is growing back 'grey' so I let you know if the colour changes & grows back black LOL..
OMG I just realised this was the first christmas ever I didn't have any mince pies.... I am off to read the knitting article ...gosh I wish I played more attention to my grand-mother when she used to knit!!!!! It's the last of the chemo treatment tomorrow and it gonna the last ever in my life!!!!! I wish the same also to you guys... I'm start radio in Feb - I've a few weeks break for GOOD behaviour so I intent to travel ..am so longing to detox my mind, body & soul.. I'm tired of feeling broken mentally and physically....in one sense I'm glad am not working cos I really dont know how I would've coped... but financially it's a struggle...life hey!!!
Speak soon Ladies xxx
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Howdy Ladies & season greetings!
Wow..it's been quite a while since I've posted on here..I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas...
I coming to the end of Chemo treatments (next week..whoopie) & I thank God!!!! I can't wait to finish chemo then radiotherapy...I can now see some light at the end of the tunnel...I want my life back...I'm a it late by Spookmoo you post back in November had me rolling in laughter I know what you mean..yeah what did I look like before all this madness? Well I know for sure sporting a complete baldhead aint me...eye lashes and eyebrows seems to be a thing of the past..
Thank you Keyfeatures, Sukiem, Amd66 and Jo for your kind words of encouragements... to be honest I'm feel like am on a merry-go-round with the emotions ...I'm even crying when I driving God alone knows why cos I don't. Are any of you lovely ladies on Herceptin ...if so how you dealing with the treatment...also how are you dealing with the hot flushes/sweats (these are taking it's toil on me)..to be honest I AM NO READY FOR MENOPAUSE!!!! I've read some where that it could last up to 3 YEARS...come on NOW arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgggggg LOL
Ladies, let me take this opportunity and wish everyone all the very best for 2013..especially good health & strengh for the journey ahead!!!
Love Yibby xxx
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Good morning Ladies,
I've not been on here for a while because of sheer frustration dealing with life at the moment and 'preventive treatment'! I found that I'm keeping everything inside and trying to deal with everything the best way I can, but as I read each of yourlovely ladies posts/comment regarding your health, treatments and state of mind...I know have to keep going and be strong as well as positive. I've finished my x3 of FEC what an experience that was I didn't take any of my anti-sickness tablets, I was completely fed-up with so much going into my body..what had been playing on my mind is that I was relative healhty but all of this and now chemo has made me unwell .unfortunatley my last treatment left me drained and extremely unhappy. My first cousin passed away the morning of my chemo we both were diagnosed in July he had aggressive brain tumours - talk about being loss and empty! To top this off I've had my periods from 24th Oct!!!! Nothing heavy..I call the onc to see whether this was normal but she wasn't available even funnier I contacted my GP and was told someone will call me back ...am still waiting over a week now...couldn't be bothered to call back. I'm anaemic as well!!!! I'm starting DOC next week Tuesday and Herceptin the following week. I've had lots of sweatful nights...even hot flushes I constantly battling with the covers at times I find this funny becasue I could be in full conversation and it's like he goes...flan flan!!! Lots of sleepless night too.
Has anyone started Herceptin yet? How have you found that? I'm also due to start radio in Jan too...what a jounery this is turning out to be fun, laugther and tears.
I would love to say everything is super dooper but it's not and I want to remain so positive and be an inspiration to others going through their jounery! So sending out lots of love, hugs & kisses ..Yibby xx
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Good afternoon Ladies,
Sorry, haven't been on line of late - had my treatment and felt a bit low! Thanks for the infor re: supplements Keyfeatures & June22. I'm really sorry to hear that you have not been well Keyfeatures and Fiona I hope your getting back to feeling alright sweeties.
I'm still trying to keep up beat but tiredness and chemo brain has set in!!! I didn't like my 2nd cycle I felt terrible and came to the conclusion then that I didn't want anymore...I guess it's a state of mind hey! I've been told and read that the side affects are minimal as per cycle. I'm praying to get through this like tomorrow and I prayer the same for you guys too.
I hope everyone has a lovely weekend - even if we are struck indoors LOL...
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Good evening ladies!
I hope all are in fine spirits! I'm back on track for my second Chemo now on Monday 8th - blood test yesterday white cell levels are up. Bit disappointed because this has knocked my schedule out by a week and I really wanted my chemo to be over by the end of December I'm praying that there wouldn't be anymore hick-ups going forward...there are so much I want to do
Thanks Fiona508 and keyfeatures for the heads up...keyfeatures, I'm not having any injections in aiding the repoduction of the white blood cells ...am not sure this is something they will be recommending. The 3rd day after my chemo I felt that I was eating for King and country - I was cavering for things I wouldn't normally eat or should I say I'd cut out of my diet (Bread/Pizza/Chinese). But I for some reason or another can not get back to eating my health diet greens/salads which is frusturating. I do need to try the other milks to see which one I could stomach I'm so used to semi skinned milk!!! I'd stop eating red meat gosh over 20 yrs and finally stop smoking nearly 3 yrs. plus I guessed lived a active life (gym/carnivals). My oncologist havevn't recommended anything to me about my diet however, I've seen a nurtritionist which was good basically giving me the heads up.
Today, was nice in the sense I was home alone, even though I love the company of my friends and family I do enjoy my quiet moments (maybe because the age gap between my sibblings 10 and 12yrs...am 43 next wk with no children). Unfortunately, our mother died of breast cancer 20 yrs ago..I wouldn't depress you with how young she was!!
Now my energy levels is low - feeling tried quite a lot...but fighting it and trying to go to bed at my normal time. Been doing the house work today now that I'm not working anymore I feel I've no excuse. My scalp is extremely tender funny though I'd cut my hair really short at the beginning of the year (no.2) something I always wanted to do.I now have to really cut it off as it's becoming patchy. My skin is very dry inparticularly my legs - I've been using black seed oil..doesn't smell too great but does the business (LOL). I'd a clear out of my make-up today as well as shampoo/conditioners, cleansers/toners gosh the works - it's really tough knowing which products are safe and not safe...I'm climbing the walls especially as I'm a black person and most of the products I tend to use are from the States arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrggggggggggggggg.
I live in Ealing and was fortunate to be referred to West Middlesex University Hospital and so far I'm pleased with my the operation removing my lump but would need a bit of reconstruction after my treatment (2 in 1 I get a flat tummy!!!). I've a quick question regarding supplements whilst having chemo...I know that there haven't been any conclusive research stating that paitents will benefit from taking supplements during their treatment. My chemo nurse and registrar were not in favour of me taking anything and was wondering if this had been the case for you.
Oh my, I didn't realised how much I've written!!! I hope you have a lovely evening ladies!!!
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Wow.. Your posts are very inspiring and encouraging . I'd my first chemo last month (September, 11th) and was due to have my second one tomorrow (October, 1st) however due to my low white blood cells count I've had the treatment postpone until next week . The schedule ahead in terms of my treatment is x6 cycles of chemo (x3 FEC and x3 Doc) follow by Herceptin (for a year), radiotherapy and Tamoxifen (for 5 years).
I must admit I'd a lot of anxiety and tension of not knowing or what to expect with the treatment..I remember writing in my journal around 6.30pm following the treatment on the same day that I wasn't liking this LOL!!! The symptoms of feeling sick lasted for about 4 days then I started to feel my normal self but slightly tired…Having research and spoken to people who were or had been through surgery and treatments gave me the inspiration and knowing that you need to be strong. My treatment is 'preventative measures' and I'm truly blessed knowing that I detected the lump in my breast and didn't sit back and the rest is history. I've been so open and vocal about me situation, as well as having a good network of support around me and maintaining positive is helping me through my journey.
I wish everyone all the best with their treatments and prayer we all remain cancer free x
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