Brilliant news Miss Green. Good luck Bibi for your surgery this week.I had a right mastectomy and axillary clearance last Tues and frustratingly had a slight blip.Felt brilliant the afternoon following surgery but I managed to block my drain overnight,had a very low blood pressure and grew a HH size boob.I had a B size temporary implant! Been home since last Thurs but have still been really wobbly with low HB ( been put on iron),Felt like bad chemo days!
Oops - thought this bit would be easy and maybe had too higher expectations.
Saw consultant yesterday - pressure dressing off which was a relief but drain still draining.Back to see him tomorrow- threatening to aspirate blood clot/ fluid if it hasn't gone down 😕
Oh well - I know things will get better.On to the final hurdle ( rads) come Sept then hopefully done.
Hair definitely coming - very fluffy on the top of my head.!!
Again - good luck Bibi - try not to sleep on your drain!😁
I asked today about the nail varnish when I was in to get my herceptin - the answers varied from 3 - 4 - 6 weeks! Looking on the internet, I couldn't see anyhting specific to answer this - only that any discolouration should go away in a few months. I am now 3 weeks on from my last dose and was thinking of giving my nails a breather when the current polish starts to chip which will probably be within the next 2 or 3 days. One of the nurses suggested cleaning it off at night and reapplying during the day but that sounds like more effort than I can be bothered with!
Hi everyone - I’ve been lucky with nails , just one or two splitting at the ends - I’ve been wearing dark nail varnish which I hate so don’t know whether that helped - have taken it off now as I am nearly 4 weeks post chemo now and hoping any effects from light have passed.
Hope your op goes well Macneech and you make a good recovery.
My op is July 19th so hoping we will get a little break away next week for a few days after hubby has finished a work contract and in between heart scan and pre-op. I’m fancying a walk on the beach to lift my spirits and steady the nerves.
I am starting to feel my energy levels return and have been trying some exercise, done a couple of swims and did yoga in the garden last night with my yoga teacher - first time since Jan - really enjoyed the stretch. Trying to build myself up before op, am eating much better and 🤞am slowly starting to lose a bit of the chemo weight gain. Hope you all continue to recover well and good luck with whatever is next for you xx
Hi everyone,good to read that most of us are gradually coming out the other side of chemo.I am beginning to feel nearly normal at last although my legs still feel like tonne weights and numb when I get moving and am now in a continuous hot flush! - could be something to do with the weather!
I have managed to hold onto my nails so far but the tenderness is still there.The nail tips rather than the cuticle seem to look weaker ( yellow and fibrous)which is weird as I thought the damage should show from about half way down.
Hair is growing but far too slowly and so patchy😕.Lots of new grey!( Can't brave going wigless yet).
I did have post chemo bloods but am due to have surgery next - pre op tomorrow then mastectomy and axillary clearance next Tues.Any advice greatly received!!
So need to get away - so glad you had a great weekend Miss Green!
Planning to get to south of Spain ( daughter is maid of honour for her best friend ) - will be 4 weeks post surgery?!?
No swimming in the pool for me I don't think - just dangling my feet xx
Ah Wee Burd that is so good that you got to finish - hoping you get through the recovery from it in time for your choir - that’s something to look forward to.
Had my last T last Thursday and am just about over the sicky feeling but also suffering from the dreaded diarrhoea and am very fatigued - got up this morning feeling full of energy - went on a tiny walk with dog and had to have a lie down 😂 legs are like lead. So realise I need to be more realistic in my plans for the days and build up slowly - had great plans today but mostly slept and read.
Have appointment to see surgeon next week so trying to build up for being prepared for that.
The weight gain is a pain isn’t it? In the grand scheme of cancer things I know it’s not but helping to feel good is not helped by it. I have 2 family weddings in August and bought outfits earlier in the year - dreading trying them on now 😱 so am going to focus on good nutrition and gentle exercise for next month and hopefully they will still fit. I find after Docetaxol and steroids Imreally crave carbs - which obviously doesn’t help but am hoping I am through the worst of that now and can get back,to some healthy colourful food.
Take care everyone and good luck with next stage - whatever that is for you xxx
Hi everyone had last T last tues thought I was over things but wham today it hit me . Think it’s the steroids wearing off . I was that bad after going for my Hickman line flush etc I had to go back to bed. Eyes so blurry and really wobbly.
roll on the end of mouth. Got horrible mouth changes nails hurt back ache and so tired.
How is everyone else..? Iffel that this thread has come to its end of life now as everyone seems to be moving on. Just wanted to say thankyou for all your support and good health to everyone xx
Sorry to hear of your delay WeeBurd, fingers crossed it’s dealt with quickly but it sounds as if you are getting great care and attention from your health professionals. It must be frustrating, especially when so near the finishing post. I still have 2 weekly sessions to go and veins are hanging on in there so i’ll pop in to the forum now and then.
Steroids have kicked in again so back to prowling the garden in the middle of the night to try and tire myself out so I can get back to sleep, although surprisingly i’m never tired in the morning when I get up for work so no rest for the wicked. I think my boss is slightly confused how I keep turning up each day apart from the treatment days and still carrying on as normal.
Congrats to everyone ending this stage of treatment it’s amazing how we all cope with this process especially after those briefing sessions where all the possible side effects are gone through in such detail you’d be forgiven for locking the door and hiding under the duvet until it was all over.
Take care and i’m sure you’ll get to that final treatment, maybe just a little later but in the meantime enjoy the view of the Ochills.
Last Docetaxol done today - felt quite emotional leaving the unit - they have been an amazing support during this **bleep** time. Will still see them after the surgery as I am having herceptin injections too Macneech - have 14 to do as have had 4 lots whilst having the Docetaxol. Also having mastectomy and axillary clearance - said it would be 4-6 weeks from now so will be expecting appointments soon-also interested in any advice on that.
will then be having the radiotherapy. So still a long way to go but feeling like I’ve reached a big milestone today - still got to get over it mind - usually have a good a couple of days first whilst the steroids are in system so will try and enjoy the good weather - although having a new boiler tomorrow as that very annoyingly conked out just before we went on holiday- currently boiling water in kettle and having showers with bucket and jug standing in bath - oh joy !
Sending you hugs Wee Burd and hoping the infection hasn’t stopped your last treatment - I think the thought of it being delayed could be quite upsettting when you e had it mind this is the end - but you will get there so take care.
Thank you all for the support on this journey that we are all getting to the end of - hope we will still continue through the rest of the treatments it would be good to hear how everyone is doing. I will probably look on the surgery threads for some tips and advice so may see you over there as well- well done everyone for getting this far and take care for the rest of the journey xxxxxxx
Hi Ladies - like jude51 says - it has been quiet on here lately.Hopefully a sign that we are coping and not the opposite! Being Feb chemo starters some of us are nearing the end of our chemo journey😁
I am day 7 last T so getting there. Achey joints/ muscles, bit gripey but not too bad.Nights have got worse not better grrr😕5th out of last 7 injections tonight (counting them down)!!😁
Chemo done - although for some ( according to recent research on the news there will be less needing chemo for breast cancer in the future).Bit late for us and I am glad I have had it as grade 3/need everything going!!
More news this morning 're american trial with miraculous immunotherapy - my oncologist hasn't mentioned this so again I assume this is related to tumour cell type??
Mastectomy,axillary clearance and temporary implant (as only have small boobs) for me next.Any advice greatly appreciated.
Thinking of everyone xx
Thanks Jude 😊
Its my last chemo Thursday- hoping I will start on the road to feeling better then - although I have been feeling well the last week I’m still struggling with toilet issues at times and it’s really annoying.
Hope everyone is doing well xxx
Hi Ladies - bit quiet on here lately. Hope everyone is doing ok and not suffering to much with side effects. Big hugs to those with treatment this week .
Good luck Bibi with trying to find a bra - i found it a nightmare ! x
I haven’t investigated travel insurance yet but at support centre someone said they had used a company called Holiday Safe and got an affordable quote .
I still have a few eyebrow hairs but feel much better when I draw them on - got some stencils and eyebrow shadow and they are really helpful, powder stays on for ages and stencil gives a good shape .
Good luck with the bridesmaid shopping.
I am still hunting for a nice post surgery bra - most places only seem to go up to a DD or E and I need a bigger one. There are some suppliers online but I like to try on. M and S have one in my size plus a sports bra - not impressed and emailed them to let them know. They did email me back but whether anything will change anything I don’t know.
Have a good weekend everyone xxx
Light at the end of the tunnel Bibi - sounds lovely having your break away at the lakes.
I had my last Docetaxol weds and it went really well - anticipating falling off my perch however over the next couple of days. Planning to go bridesmaid dress shopping Sun - (daughter is chief bridesaid for friend in South Spain- first week in Aug).Hoping to go out there with her post mastectomy before rads - haven' discussed it with consultant yet plus there is the travel insurance issue😕).
Anyway not even sure I can get to the dress shopping yet if mega fatigue and colic kick in.Like you Bibi the tummy troubles seem to take ages to settle( couple of days before this cycle) but it is tolerable.
Only have a few eye brow hairs left on right side - sleep on my left mostly so I think I may have rubbed them out! But definite bum fluff growing back on my head 😁.Mastering the make up - drawing on the brows and black eyeliner for eye lashes reduces the 'Gollom' look.Posted a picture of me completing my chemo on facebook weds and had over 100 responses and comments( have worked for the NHS for 30 years so have made lots of contacts).Bit disconcerting when loads of them said how well I looked - I must have looked rough before!!
Hoping everyone else is doing ok - thinking of you all xxx
Good morning all - currently sitting outside my Motorhome enjoying the beautiful views in the Lake District 😊 feels so good to be having a little holiday .
Macneech hope all goes well on your last lot today - agree the whoop whoop it’s over feeling will probably be when you have recovered from it - hope the SE’s are not too bad for you.
Wee Burd how great that you have an end date and a lovely family event to look forward to afterwards 🎉
Daisy hope all your house stuff gets sorted - as if we do t have enough to contend with -must be good to have your sons support to get you through.
Im hoping the good weather in the lakes continues before I get back for my last lot next week - feel like I’ve just about got over the last lot - although the tummy troubles grumble on.
Look after yourselves everyone xxxxx
Great to read your positive post Daisy200.Completely with you on the zombie effect!! I am week 3 post Tax and atlast I think my insides have just about settled down for the next lot.Weird that I seem to have achy muscles not joints whenever I go to move - grrr(why do the side effects take so long to go)??
Taste is back though - yippee!
Last chemo for me tomorrow if bloods behave. I will be counting down those horrible filagristine injections.
Looking forward to having a bit more energy than a gnat - I don' think l will actually feel like embracing the (I've survived chemo) thing until atleast mid June when hopefully I will be feeling less zombie.
There is light at the end of this horrible tunnel .
Hope everyone else is coping 😗
Hi Ladies, and thank you for your lovely comments. Last Friday on a steroid high was fine, but I honestly can't tell you what happened to Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Just zombied through really. This disgusting taste in my mouth is wearing me down now, I'm hungry but don't want to eat anything because everything tastes so horrible. I'm up, washed and dressed and just about ready for bed. It seems hard to believe that we won't always feel like this. Also torture watching everyone else have an amazing bank holiday weekend over Facebook.
Just had my house valued for sale as I'm going through a divorce (my choice, left husband for another man who turned out to be a complete arsehole) so at least I've got something else to think about. That and obsessively looking in the mirror to see if I've got eyelashes yet.
And the too hot, too cold thing at night. Yes, me too. Although to be fair, I was heading that way before chemo anyway, but it does seem to have made it worse. I've found light cotton PJ's and sleeping on top of the covers about the best way. Thank God I'm sleeping alone at the moment, I think if I had to justify my erratic night time behaviour I might end up doing time.
But we've come such a long way lovely ladies, let's not lose sight of that. I was chatting to my youngest son last night, he lives with me so he's seen the whole journey. Diagnosis and surgery last Christmas seems like a distant memory now and soon this chemo will too. And all of its side effects. Just got four weeks radio on the horizon. Onwards and upwards xxxxxxxx
Hi ladies - hope you have had a reasonable weekend and SE not to bad.
Struggling a bit today - just so fed up with it all and desperate for a good nights sleep. My body is functioning ..just....but my head is all over the place. Guessing its just the lack of sleep and possibly effects of chemo...just want it to end now.
Well done Daisy - what a relief for this part to be over for you 🎉
Hope you don’t have too many SEs and recover quickly xx
I have had another rubbish day from it - got up and felt fine, had breakfast , took dog for walk and it was ‘hello sofa’ again - can’t shake off the nausea , haven’t eaten since breakfast, slept all afternoon- grrr so frustrating as I have so many things I want to do. Hoping it will pass soon 🤞as have booked a week away in Lakes next week and am soooo looking forward to it.
Take care x
Just home from final dose of docetaxyl. I thought I'd feel happier than this, but I've basically blubbed all day. So glad this part of the journey is over, although not looking forwards to the next week or so with the after effects. I've definitely found that part harder on the T than I did on the FEC. But at least it's the last time and no more fecking cold cap agony to face either. To be fair though, the agony has been worth it, as long as it doesn't all fall out this time the cold cap has worked brilliantly for me.
Thinking of you all xxxxx