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Re: May 2019 Start - picc line covers

Mangomum firstly, brilliant news that you've overcome the neutropenia. Such a shame that it was the picc, and hopefully you will be able to have another. I'm sure you already know there are other options too if that won't work for you. Onwards and upwards Love Dapple x
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Hi all,

I had my first chemo (FEC) on 16th May.  Didn’t have a very good start unfortunately. Had terrible diarrhoea and sickness almost immediately ☹️ despite anti sickness drugs.  I’ve been a bit up and down since then but am definitely feeling more ‘me’ now. The only thing that’s niggling me now is awful lower back pain. I got my period 2 days ago so it could be linked to that but I don’t usually get it.    I had a blood test to test for suspected infection but all was ok but my neutrophils were exceptionally low-told to keep an eye on my temperature.  

 

If if anyone else has had similar side effects I’d love to hear from you. I think they think the diarrhoea was down to nerves or a tummy bug but it definitely wasn’t.  

 

Wishing you you all a lovely weekend.

 

 I 💕 🍯 

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Hi, 

 

Unfortunately it looks like the picc line is the culprit. It did take quite a few attempts to get it in and there is a waver you sign to accept infections are possible. I don't regret having it and hoping I can still keep it once the infection has resolved. Good news is today I'm no longer neutropenic!! So moving in the right direction.

Mangomum xx

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Mangomum & Mominette it seems you've both been really unlucky with reactions/infection on your first rounds. Like you said, hopefully drug reactions will be sorted for the next round. I think with infections we can all be as careful as possible...but unless we're prepared to live in isolation (no way!) for months of precious time, then it's also a matter of luck.

I wanted to share some info on picc line covers with everyone (will also add to top tip thread): I had a picc line put in this week (I won't lie, it's annoying so far, but I'll get used to it. For anyone worried about the procedure itself, it was over before I knew it and painless). So I thought I'd be organised and ordered a Care+Wear picc cover - they are antimicrobial so I thought the expense was worth it. My opinion? Waste of money - I ordered the correct size for my arm but found it quite difficult to get on and off. Ordered a few cheap (2 quid!) but pretty patterned covers from Annabandana - and they're so much better! More comfortable and easy on and off. Oh also bought a limbO for the shower - brilliant but tricky first time on my own - think this was more a  confidence issue though. I'm certainly no picc line expert, but happy to answer anything about my experience so far.

Love Dapple x

 

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Hi, 

 

I had very little side effects from the Fec and was coping OK - even out for a walk the day my temperature spiked. I had a very red face, but I think that was the steroids. Easting hasn't been too bad.  Plane food for the few days after. Back to eating pretty much anything this week without any ill effects /nausea. I have tried to be good and only succumbed to comfort eating on a couple of occasions. Hopefully they will get to the bottom of all our issues so we don't face them next time.

 

Mangomum x

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Hello again Mangomum

Yes it is hard on you that you hit a hurdle first time round.

Did you manage to eat well during your first round of chemo?

I have been eating lots of fresh  fruits,veggies, brazil nuts, almonds, dried apricots.

I am sure you are already doing all these things. I have also been very bad

on some occasions and eaten cake, ice cream and biscuits!!! One night I ate a

tub and a half of HD salted caramel ice cream! I was ashamed of myself and 

won't be doing that again!!! 

I deflated yesterday of fluid so I am actually feeling a lot better. Kick off with the

injections later today. As far as I am aware they didn't alter any of the doses of

anything. Not sure if they just ran more saline through. I have an appointment with the

oncologist on 06/06 so I will mention it then.

Did you bother with the cold cap?

Have you been discharged from hospital yet?

All My Best Wishes

We will soon be through this.

Mominette x

 

 

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Thanks for the turban info Bannanabrain

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Hi ladies

 

Apologies for my typo!!! The fringe idea should have said “top tip”?! I blame chemo brain and predictive text!!

 

I also meant to to say that the doctor has changed my anti sickness meds, so I’m hoping the volcano stomach will not happen this time. I’m also being given Difflam spray which contains anaesthetic, in case the mouth problems recur. So, I’m armed with this and my salt water mouthwashes just in case.....let’s hope I don’t need it?! 

 

SP

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Morning ladies

Thanks for the info about scarves and hats I've finally had a look on Amazon after avoiding it for ages. My lovely sister has ordered me a few bandanas and hats but I've not even looked at them yet as the looking different bit really worries me! 

I've had my hair cut short which I'm still getting used to and have made an appointment to get a wig in a few weeks so I'm keeping fingers crossed it stays put until then!

Good luck to everyone having treatment today

Love Rose x

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Welcome to all new ladies from me too! I started the May thread so it’s good to know that we can help each other. Mangomum I’m  so sorry that you were hospitalised. This must have been very scary and upsetting. 

 

I’ve had a good week with daily walks and some normal living!! I’ve clocked up 33 miles this cycle so the doctor was impressed! My chemo log was also praised for its detail?! 

I lost my hair last Monday. It was falling out at an alarming rate so I asked my husband to shave my head as I couldn’t cope with the hair falling everywhere. I have a wig and also a selection of bandanas and hats. My tip fit today is that I bought a fake fringe! It Velcro’s under the scarf so softens the look...less chemo look?

My anxiety levels are high today as it’s my next chemo. It’s strange that as soon as you start to feel normal, you’re slapped down again?!

 

SP

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Re: headwear, sorry ladies forgot to mention there are loads of videos on you tube on how to tie turbans etc. There are lots of scarfs on amazon and ebay if you want to have a go. Look under hijabs.

 

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Hi Louise, the turbans are from Amazon.  I'll let you know what they're like when they arrive 😊  I'm having problems posting the link but they are by Ever Fairy and Zac's Alter Ego, both on Amazon.  I just searched for vintage turbans.

 

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Hi Bannanabrain

 

I like the sound of your vintage turbans - please can you let me know where you got them from.  Thanks

 

Louise

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Hi Sewbuddy and Rose - welcome to the forum none of us really wanted to join but hey here we all are and will be plodding along with each other, keeping us all going as best we can. I wouldn't worry about stalking for a while before joining, I bet we all did before we took the plunge to say hi, I know I didSmiley Happy. At least you can both start counting down - you're both one down so one less to goSmiley Happy, it seems a long slog but we will all get there, I'm 2 down now but thinking positive this time next month I'll be 4 down and only 2 left whoohoo, just got to get there firstSmiley Very Happy

 

Mangomum - You really are going through it aren't you, it's heartbreaking losing a pet, sending you lots of hugs to help get you through. I hope your hospital stay is sorting you out and you'll be home soon.

 

Mominette - What have your chemo team said to you about your reaction? It doesn't seem at all right to me, make sure you follow all the advice they give you - you can't be too careful. With any luck the rest of your regime will be plain sailing - have my fingers crossed for you.

 

Bananabrain - Like you I started to lose my hair on day 15/16 (Sat) by the following Tues what I thought was the majority of it fell out so I had it cut to a grade 3, strangely although some still seems to be falling out every day I've still got a head of hair, albeit thin in places but no bald patches - I got my son to check it because it looked as though a thick band across the top was bald - he laughed and said my hair had actually turned white!!! I don't know what's worse grey or snowy whiteSmiley LOL. I've got a variety of headwear, wig, headscarf, beanie, turbans and bucket sunhats in funky SPF50 colours. I change what I use daily and just like  to wear jazzy colours - it's my way of showing the BC where it can goSmiley Very Happy. Must say I'm not very good at tying the headscarfs yet but it's fun trying and I've just got myself a pink wig to wear when I go out, I'm determined I won't let the BC rule my life. Anyway after all that rambling what I meant to say was maybe give the cold cap another go if you can bear it, you might still lose hair but maybe not all of it or you can decide not to and embrace your new look, it's still a tough decision for you. I chose not to cold cap which is why I'm a bit confused as to why I still have as much hair - I don't know maybe it will have all fallen out by my next cycle. It's all very strange this chemo thing and individual responses to it isn't itSmiley Frustrated. Good luck with whatever you decide.

 

Ruth - I don't think he did as bad as he thought he would but his heart is on uni and it's hard on him especially since he didn't get the grades last year. He finds it harder because a lot of his mates who got into uni aren't really bothered about being there and tell him so; it upsets him because he dearly wants to be there. We'll get him through it though - just wish I could take his darned nerves off himSmiley Sad. Hope you are not finding your treatment too trying and are managing well

 

Joemic x   May Ladies - We've got thisSmiley Happy

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Hi all, 

 

Welcome to all our new members from me too! I am so sorry to hear that you have been hospitalised, Mangomum. That must have been very scary and upsetting. I hope that your white cells soon bounce back. 

 

I’ve had a good last week of cycle 1. However, my hair has also fallen out at an ever increasing rate. Yesterday, my husband shaved my head as I couldn’t cope with it any longer....hair falling everywhere! I’ve worn my wig and also have turbans and bandanas.....so I  can choose...... the soft bamboo hats are a lovely break from the wig, which can get hot after a while. One tip to share is that I’ve also bought a Velcro fringe!!! You can velcro it to the inside of the hat/ bandana etc and it takes away the bareness and “chemo look” It looks more natural to have some hair on my face....

 

Today I have had blood tests and my clinic appointment. I took my chemo log and was praised for its detail!!! I’ve walked 33 miles over the last 20 days....so not bad!! The oncologist has changed my anti sickness meds so I’m hoping that I’ll avoid my stomach erupting like a volcano this time. I’m also going to have Difflam mouth spray, in case the mucositis flares up again, as it apparently has anaesthetic in it! So I’ll be ready this time with my salt water mouthwashes and Difflam! 

 

So, my 2nd chemo is tomorrow and I’m feeling anxious again. It’s strange how life can almost feel normal, then just as it does, you know that you will be slapped down again.....? 

But, after tomorrow, I’m one step closer to finishing this phase...hurray! 

 

SP

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Hello All

This is my first post. I am also a May 2019 chemotherapy starter. I had my first cycle on the 14th May (1 down 7 to go! )Just reading through all the previous posts have already helped. Thank you for the link to the life after Lola website I've tried to avoid reading anything other that what the hospital gave me until now but found this to be a big help especially around feelings and coping mechanisms. I look forward to following everyone's progress and will share anything useful I come across 

Thanks

Rose x

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Hi Sewbuddy, welcome to the May group.  I hope it helps you being here.  I am on FEC-T too, just started a few days before you.  Have not found it too bad so far.

 

Mangomum - I'm so sorry to hear about your cat.  Pets are such an important part of our lives.

 

Two weeks after first FEC and my hair has started falling out Smiley Sad  I used the cold cap but I'm not sure it did anything as every time I touch my hair more falls out.   Don't know whether to bother for my next cycle.  On the first morning with hair loss I gave my daughter a lift and on the way happened to see a very stylish lady (in her 30s I would guess), very trendily dressed wearing a lovely turban.  I saw it as a sign and have ordered myself a couple of cute vintage turbans.  I'm looking forward to them arriving.  I figured if I'm gonna be bald I need to just style it out Smiley Happy

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Hi May Ladies,

I feel a bit of a stalker as I have spent a day reading through the thread! I had my first FEC-T on 13th, I was determined to sail through and not let it get to me, how naive 😁. I have taken great encouragement from reading everyone's reactions and tips etc. Sorry to read that you had to stay in hospital Mangomum, fingers crossed for a swift recovery and how sad to lose your cat at the same time Xxx 

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Hi, 

This was just my first round so not boding well. Sorry to hear you are having a time of it too! Did they increase your steroids this cycle or change anything? It sounds like a reaction to and hope you have got some advice on what it is /should do.

 

Mangomum 

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Hello Mangomum

Sorry to read about your cat on top of everything else.

I hope you are managing to keep your spirits up.

I had my 2nd FEC cycle yesterday. I have blown up like a puffer fish - hands, face, legs swollen up.

Hope you are soon able to resume treatment. Have you had 1 or 2 cycles so far or more?

Best wishes

 

Mominette

 

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So sorry to hear about your cat Mangomum.  Sending love and hugs

Louise

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Hi ladies, 

I'm still here but my blood count is going up. I need to get to the magic number 1 to be released. On a very sad note my beloved ragdoll cat had to be put to sleep today. She had been unwell and took a turn for the worse. Feel really upset that I couldn't give her a kiss goodbye 😢. It has just made my stay even more miserable but at least she isn't suffering - which was making me more anxious.

 

Love to you all and I will get round to replying to some posts just totally deflated today. 

 

Mangomum 

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Hello everyone 

 

Mangomum, hoping you are improving and comfortable. Do they think you will be home soon?

 

Joemic, I hope the exam went well today. Given the confidence last week, I hope once he got in there it all came back.

 

Louise, I found the first injection a little worrying but if you squeeze an inch quite hard so the needle has a firm surface, its not too bad....good luck.

 

sending love to all

love Ruth xxx

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Thank you Hannah Lizzie for the info.

 

How often do you have to have the injections.  I've been told no help, will have to do them myself - eeeek.

 

Do you have steroids too - if so any side effects.

 

Many thanks

Louise

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I have just seen my name be mentioned! I am more than happy to help/ talk about my experiences of this regime. 

I am half way through now, coming up for cycle 4 on 3rd June. 

All I can say about this cycle, is that I’ve been very tired and shaky. Everyone responds different to chemo, but my body seems to have slowed right down since starting the chemo. I would say I feel the lowest during my first 10 days, then the remaining 11 are usually ok. I try and laugh most days, as I’m grateful it’s being treated and could be a lot worse. 

The regime made me feel very sick and have the runs the first 2 cycles, but my tablets have all been changed this time, and I haven’t had anything! Be prepared for the white blood cell injections, a district nurse can give them to you, but I inject myself. The needles are only small! 

I thought I would mention, I am also on Herceptin and Perjeta every cycle, so some side effects could also be due to these. Hence, everyone is different and responds differently.

Good luck x

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Hi Louise, I'm not sure on this thread but a lady called Hannahlizzie21 (i think that's her name) on the April 2019 thread is on the same as you, she maybe able to help you with specifics, I'm sure she wouldn't mind helping you.

Mangomum - I hope you had a comfortable night - you've got thisSmiley Happy

 

Stress city in my house this morning, A level exam, bless him he suffers severe exam anxiety, he's a very intelligent young man but unfortunately folds during exams, he's done an extra year in 6th form to resit to raise his grades from B's to the A's he needs for uni, he's done really well, very confident last week but last night the anxieties kicked in and he's a mess this morning. I'm just hoping he can hold out 7 hours revising every day for months has got to help.

Anyway ladies I hope everyone has a comfortable side effect free day.

Joemic x 

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Hi

Had my first onc appt today.

 

I'm going to be having Docetaxel and Carboplatin.  Anyone else on this regime?  Any tips, comments, advice - many thanks.

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Hi, 

I saw the lead chemo nurse yesterday and mentioned it so they are aware. She thought it might be the start of the menopause that chemo can bring on. It is tapering off now so hopefully it will stop soon.

She also said the infection was probably there since the line was inserted but as my white cells dropped my body couldn't stop the infection. 

 

Mangomum 

 

 

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Oh Mangomum so sorry to hear you've ended up in hospital but at least they will take good care of you and make sure you're properly ok before discharge. Maybe mention you're heavier menstrual bleed (even if it's stopped now), you might as well since you are in there, get everything all checked out at the same time and fingers crossed you'll only have the one inpatient visit.

Take care, get the rest you need, sending you lots of hugs for a speedy recovery.

 

Joemic x 

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Hi May ladies, 

I'm in hospital 😭. Started to get a rapid heart rate and feeling warm yesterday aftenoon. Took my temp and it was 38.2 so ended up at A&E. On the ward  since last night  and wil be kept in for 48hr observation minimum. The infection has arisen from my picc line which is unfortunately quite common. I'm being well looked after and getting all the antibiotics and fluids I need so fingers crossed I can get over this ASAP.

 

I'll have time to read through all your posts at least while I'm here. 

 

Mangomum 

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Hi Louise

Hope your appointment went well and you finally know your treatment plan. I think it's a relief in a strange sort of way to finally feel things are moving. I'm sure you'll pick up some good and useful tips as you look through the posts.

I've been much better today but I did learn from yesterday and made sure I ate regular and drank plenty. Back to the Zarzio injections tonight.

Hope everyone has had as good a day as you can and enjoyed your day.

Joemic x

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I have my first appt with onc in the morning.  Strangely looking forward to it !?!

Keen to find out my treatment plan, what drugs I will be given, and how often.

 

 

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Good evening ladies

 

Jeeze Kelly, you sure do have it tough at the moment and with your determination I am sure both you and your Mum will battle through this incredibly difficult time. I'm glad you are finding work a good distraction and it will help boost your mental wellbeing - just remember to have a bit of me time!.

 

I was a bit daft today and suffered the consequencesSmiley Sad. I was so busy getting kids off to school, and taking one to stay at a relatives that I totally forgot to eat and only had one small drink this morning. I wondered why I began feeling very grotty by 2pmSmiley Embarassed, when I finally realised it took me a while to get myself rehydrated (I can't drink a lot at a time as it makes me sick) and suitably nourished. Feeling fine again by 8pm. Lesson learnt I will not be missing out on fluids or meals again - well not until after all treatment has been completedSmiley Happy.

 

Ruth I remember catching the pokemon, one day the 2 youngest had hubby looking in the bushes at the local pub to catch them - luckily everyone knows himSmiley LOL. At least that was an outside game, trying to unglue them from phones, xboxes etc is a feat in itselfSmiley Frustrated

 

Wishing everyone a relaxed and comfortable evening with no pesky side effects

 

Joemic x 

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Dear All

 

Kelly, I am so pleased you are feeling better after your tough weekend. I’m so sorry to hear about your Mum as well, this must be a really difficult time for you all. You do seem to have the most amazing resilience which is what will get you through it ( and us to support where we can).

 

Joemic, you are 2 down and going strong.  I ‘tasted’ metal the second they started using that one, and someone suggested fruitpastles ...but I think mints would be better as they would last longer, so will take some next time.

 

The walking really helps me too (it does help that we have had reasonable weather since my 1st treatment I think I would find this even harder in the winter months. I have 2 young boys who are always up for a walk (providing they can ‘catch’ pokemon enroute😊)

 

45 mins is very good Mangomum, I hope this is still helping you.

 

I hope everyone else is side effect free (mininimal) at the moment and feeling as positive as possible. 

 

Lots of love Ruth xxx

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Hey everyone, and welcome Mangomum. 

Had a bit of a **bleep**e weekend, really bad headaches, will speak to chemo nurse this Friday. 

Today is the 1st day, I actually felt normal !! Managed 6 hours at work today, yippee. It really does make me feel better about everything. What I haven’t told you lovely ladies is, my mum also has breast cancer. She had her 2 lumps for many years, and didn’t say or do anything about it 😥😥.She became ill on Xmas eve, very breathless, had chest X-ray, and that’s where it all begins. She also has a incurable blood disorder, MF, which is managed every week, with blood and platelet transfusions. She was put on oral chemo, but it burnt her skin. She had a single mastectomy on 9th May, and is doing really well. If only she would eat more though!!! So as you can imagine, my life is quite hectic at the moment. I need to show her that, if I can do this, then so can she. She is lucky that she has my dad to look after her, if any of you read my previous post, I sadly lost my husband 3 years ago, but am lucky that I have my son, Josh to look after me (not that I need looking after, lol). 

 

Sending you all my love

Kelly xxxx

 

ps, am getting my hair shaved on wed xx

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Glad you are finding walking beneficial, being out in the open air is good even if it is for a short while. A tip my chemo nurse gave me, quite sternly really when I said I walked for 3 miles a day, was to make sure I took some water with me and had a sip regularly, helps stop you feeling woozy apparently. I didn't admit that it never crossed my mind to take any.....note to chemo brain to remember to take some tomorrowSmiley Happy.

 

Whilst I remember another tip I was given, before my chemo started was to suck some mints whilst having the cyclophosphamide part of the chemo apparently some people get a metal taste in their mouth during this and found sucking mints helped. I've done that and can say I didn't experience any after taste of any description - can't definitely say it was the mints that worked and can't it was a side effect I wasn't going to get any way but no matter, I will continue with the mints and hope I never get the metal taste!.

 

I'm pleased you think I write beautifully Ruth but the truth is is takes me ages to write a postSmiley Embarassed but I get there in the endSmiley Happy. I find this thread helps me deal with the depression I'm battling, being able to chat to people who 'get' where you are and how you feel as we are all in it together and hopefully I'll be helping others through it tooSmiley Happy

 

Keep going ladies, we will get through this

 

Joemic x 

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Hi SP,

 

Took inspiration from your post and got myself up and out for a walk this afternoon around the local common. Felt a bit woozy - but definitely doable so will try and get out every day even for 45mind (that's all I could muster).

 

Mangomum xx

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Hi all...

Welcome Mango mum. I’m also sorry that you have the dreaded cancer but we are all in this together so let us know if you need our shared expertise....it is growing by the week!! I’m pleased to read that you’re all coping well!! That’s great!! 

 

I am pleased to report that my mouth is calm and pain free so I am able to eat normally!! I’ve had a good week and have managed to do some “normal” things! My garden is planted with summer bedding (even though I had to have a lie down after I’d done it!?) I even went to sing with my a cappella choir on Wednesday. Again, I was exhausted when I got home but I was very pleased with myself for doing it. Singing is definitely good for the soul and I recommend it. Singing in 4 part harmony unaccompanied is challenging but great fun!! 

 

I’ve also walked every day....I’m managing 2/3 miles so I think that’s ok? I definitely feel better after a walk amongst the trees!! I often sing whilst walking?! Mad or what??!! It’s very good for the brain! I’m also following a mindfulness programme so am keeping a gratitude journal. I find that this helps me stay positive, which I firmly believe is half the battle in winning through? You may all now think I’m mad but I will do anything to help myself which does not involve taking drugs?! It’s about taking control.....good for my well being!! 

 

My 2nd  chemo is on Friday, providing my white blood cells are ok on Thursday... 

 

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Dear all

 

I hope everyone is having a reasonable weekend.

 

Joemic, I am so pleased you are 2 down, and still feeling positive, you are a real inspiration 😊. Also your chemo brain doesn’t interfere with your ability to write so beautifully. I was surprised that I struggled with going on the computer/tablet or even watching TV for the first couple of days after the treatment....I used podcasts which were great.

 

Hello Mangomum - sorry you are here, but hopefully it will help you ....it has helped me.

 

sending lots of love to all 

 

xxxx

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Hi, 

 

Thank you. X

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Hi Mangomum

 

Of course you are very welcome to join in this group - not that we want to be here but here we all are. Other ladies will be along very shortly to give you a warm welcome. As you read through the various threads you will soon work out we are all at different stages and different chemo regimes but I am sure you will get some helpful tips as you scroll through.

Ask away - we are all here to support each other.

 

Joemic x

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Hi, 

 

Can I join this group please? I'm new to the boards and still trying to navigate my way round. Started my first cycle of Fec-t last Monday. Hope to share some advice tips and some hand holding too.

 

Mangomum 

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Good morning May ladies

 

I hope things are going well for everyone as we seem to have gone a little quiet on here.

 

I've just had my 2nd chemo Friday, felt a bit icky on the evening but feel mainly back to my usual self  this morning. I felt the chemo going in a bit more and my arm was achy so I ended up with it wrapped in a heating bag throughout the session to keep the vein plumped, nothing too drastic, it's the 2nd time they used the same vein so it makes me wonder if it's had enough as I know it can interfere with the veins, will have to wait and see. Apart from that and a fair bit of wind this time, nothing else seems to be affecting me - I hope it continues this way. I didn't have the bisphospate this time, that will be next time, so will be able to see how that affects me then. It's so difficult trying to determine which meds are causing which side effects.

Although I had my hair shaved to a number 3 last Tuesday, I still have a fair amount of hair covering left although it is extremely grey apart from the front and the nape of my neck which is still my natural colour - look a bit like a greying zebra nowSmiley LOL I wear my wig when I go out but prefer to wear beanies or sleeping caps during the day - I presume the rest of my hair will be off by the time my next chemo comes around but will have to wait and see. To be honest it hasn't bothered me anywhere near as much as I thought it would be. I hope my experience can help fellow ladies who have decided not to cold cap gain a little insight to what it can be like. The hair on my legs is still stubbornly there - was hoping that would disappear too which would be a happier side effect but no it hasn't happened yetSmiley Frustrated.

 

Bananabrain - No I haven't had any food cravings apart from wanting to eat the day after my chemo like I did last time. Still find I need to eat full meals rather than snacks though - just hoping the weight doesn't pile on. I eat regular now whereas prior to being diagnosed I have always been an erratic eater, thing that was a remnant from my shift working days when I could go a day or two without eating, not good but that's how it was then.

So pleased you had a lovely meal out with your son, it is so nice to be able to do normal things and I bet your dogs enjoy that too seeing as though they still get their walkiesSmiley Happy. Very glad you seem to have had a relatively smooth journey this time, let's hope it continues.

 

Dapple - Hi and welcome to the forum. I decided, with my onc, not to work for the first 3 treatments just to see how the chemo affected me as I need to be on my toes with quick responses in my job. To be honest like you I have found brain fog a bit of an issue and am now glad I am not working as I may have put others at risk by forgetting things. I suppose it depends on the type of job you do. I find drinking water helps a bit but still not enough to be fully focused. Chemo brain on top of menopausal brain doesn't help that's for sure but hopefully will improve after treatment endsSmiley Happy

 

SP - So glad you managed to find a remedy for your sore mouth it must've been so painful, although I haven't had that I'm def going to store your tip in case it does happen. Glad your feeling more yourself and taking it easy - bedding plants that sounds like  work to meSmiley Very Happy I bet you'll make your garden lovely - I'm just jealous because all I do is cut and strim my grass as a result of a football mad son who wrecks any flowers in the garden as he accidentally! kicks the ball on them - so grass it is for the next few years, I don't mind though as you never get these days back. Hope you continue to improve and enjoy feeling back to normal - apart from the darned chemo brain that is.

 

Ruth - Glad your energy levels are improving, those first few days are tough but like you I was determined to curb the sleep to try and combat the fatigue which I found did help me a lot. My appointment went ok although it was a nurse I saw and not the onc - not sure whether this is normal or not, didn't think to ask, I have lists of questions and then forget to take them, chemo brain is annoying especially when you realise after the event you didn't ask anything you intended tooSmiley Frustrated

 

Kelly - Very pleased you managed to work it is good being amongst people, I'm lucky in that although I'm not at work my colleagues are in touch regularly keeping me up to date with things and we go out on my 3rd chemo week just to keep in touch so it won't be as difficult for me when I do return and it's getting them used to what chemo brain does to you so they know what to expect but hopefully that will have resolved itself by thenSmiley Happy. Glad you got your constipation  sorted, it is a very uncomfortable condition, luckily I didn't suffer it this time, last time was when I was pregnant and boy is it horrible and somehow saps the energy. My chemo nurse did say that if I suffer from it to let them know and they will prescribe something, I would've taken senokot like you, easy to get but she said they would prescribe it - I suppose they just want to keep an eye on everything you are taking.

 

Well ladies, I have rambled on a fair bit - trying to get it down before I forget but onwards and upwards we go - we've got this and will get through.

 

Joemic x 

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Wow Kelly, that is amazing going back to work so soon - well done!

 

Seems like everyone is generally doing ok atm - let's hope it continues Smiley Happy

 

I am feeling fine a week after first chemo.    Have had a chance to do some nice things.  My son is back from uni for a few days so took the opportunity to go out for lunch with him yesterday - it was lovely to do something so normal.  I think the weather is helping with recovery too as it's great getting outside and I've walked the dogs every day since treatment.

 

Is anyone else having food cravings?  Mine are weird cos they're for healthy stuff.  I'm obsessed by tomato soup!  Also really wanting fruit and veg - what's wrong with me?

 

Wishing you all a lovely sunny day xx

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Morning everyone

Well I managed 4 hours at work. Yippee. It’s was quite exhausting, but was good to get out. So am going back today. Had a pretty rubbish night though, badly constipated, not been since Friday. Took senokot, double the dose, and it has worked. So actually feel pretty good this morning. 

 

Kelly xx

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Hello all

 

I am so pleased that your mouth has improved SP, it did sound particularly difficult side effect. 

 

My energy levels are improving (since first EC on Friday) but like you, I have struggled to be patient with this, and also found the brain fog more of an issue than I expected. I keep telling myself it is only 5 days since quite a significant amount of toxins have been injected into my body ( and although I don’t really drink since having children - lack of opportunity more than moral reasons) it was taking me a good two days to totally get over a hangover.

 

I do keep trying to keep my water levels up and walk everyday (the weather is really helping this) I am trying not to sleep much in the day, as I read this can prolong the lethargic feeling, but it has been hard sometimes.

 

Joemic, I hope your appointment went well today, and everything this as expected.

 

KellyP, how did you get on at work? I am very impressed.

 

I hope everyone else on the thread is doing well.

 

love to all

xxx

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Hi Dapple ( great name!) 

 

You are in the right place and you are very welcome!! Your chemo drug regimen is the same as mine. I had my first treatment on May 3rd and if it is any consolation, I definitely have chemo brain!! However, I’m managing the fatigue quite well...drink lots of water and make yourself go for a gentle walk every day. It really does help! 

I have also had my hair cropped short, as I know it will fall out soon. Better to be prepared. Losing short hair is less traumatic than losing long. 

 

I’m pleased to report to everyone that in desperation, I took matters into my own hands and have found a solution to my red raw mouth. I’ve been having salt water followed by bicarbonate of soda mouth rinses every hour. It was recommended by someone who has suffered with cancer of the tongue. The strength of solution was also recommended.  It really has helped to alleviate the pain and soreness!! Sometimes the old fashioned remedies work the best!! Just thought I’d share the idea!! 

 

I’m now feeling much more myself and have been out walking in the sunshine. Today I’ve even ventured out to get some bedding plants. If I’m home all summer I want my garden to look pretty!! 

 

SP

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xx

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Hi lovely May ladies, I'm Dapple and am new to the May treatment thread, so apologies if I've posted in the wrong place! 

It's really encouraging to read about your experiences, and to know there are others in exactly the same place - hope I can contribute helpfully. Started E C last week (1st of 3 rounds, then 9 wks Paclitaxel). Thought I was prepared but nooooo!! Can cope with the nausea (good meds), the hair (got it all chopped off in advance), the flakey skin (Aveeno - your Onc team can prescribe it), but not dealing with lethargy very well at all. Was hoping to overcome it and be able to work through treatment but my brain seems to have other ideas! Anyone found brain fog occurring this early and ways to overcome?

WE CAN DO THIS!

Dapple xx

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Hi all May ladies

 

Hope you are all feeling as well as can 

 

I bit the bullet and washed my hair prior to my appointment today, unsurprisingly 90% of it came out - glad I didn't do it yesterday!. I'm glad I did wash it as strangely enough when I was combing it and it was all coming out it helped me come to terms with the fact I was losing it. When I got to the hairdressers she suggested having a grade 3 cut - any shorter and my wig would irritate the stubble, so I took her advice. Whilst she was using the buzzer she was saying 'it's going to come as a shock when it's off don't be surprised if it makes you cry' bless her she was trying to prepare me, all I could think was 'flipping heck I look like my brothers twin'Smiley LOLSmiley LOL, in the end it was no where near as traumatic as I thought it would be. I called into work after and had lots of compliments on how my wig looked just like my real hair, I'm glad they thought the same as I do about it.

 

SP - I'm due at my onc appt tomorrow - I'll ask about mouth wash.

 

Joemic x