05-12-2018 08:23 PM
05-12-2018 06:30 PM
04-12-2018 04:38 PM
I had my port fitted on 14 November and I still have bruising around it. Like you it appears to come and go. I've also noticed that the site over the line around my collar bone doesn't appear to be healing as well as I would normally.
04-12-2018 03:53 PM
Thank you all so much for responding about the vein thing, it makes sense now as they have used the same spot in my hand 3 times in the last 3 weeks, once for 1st chemo, second for iv antibiotics and third for my 2nd chemo no wonder it hurts. I haven't had my mastectomy yet, mine is chemo first so I will insist they use a different hand (if I dare ha ha).
Im still in denial that I have breast cancer and wake up wondering why I feel rough and why is this happening to me. I can't look in the mirror at my bald head and just want to wake up from this whole nightmare. I'm sorry to rant like this but I can't to my family, they look to me to be strong and I'm fed up of been strong.
on a plus side I have fantastic sisters who live nearby (one two doors away) the other just up the road, they look after me so well that I feel bad about bemoaning what's happening to me, this horrible cancer thing has shattered my sisters and they are been so brave. I also have a grown up son and daughter who are struggling to cope, I try to protect them as much as I can and won't let them see me on a bad day.
Sorry there I go again ranting. I am lucky because I will beat this and providing I can survive the treatment ha ha, my prognosis is good ( I have 2 lumps one her+ other invasive ductal carcinoma) sorry don't know abbreviations.
tHank you all for listening and I hope others are well and coping with treatment.
love Tbird x
04-12-2018 12:35 PM
Hi everyone, hope you are all feeling relatively well today and managing to keep up with the festivities!
Hi Liloc, yes I have an 18 year old daughter and I'm 48 this month so realistically I'm not planning on having any more children and more than likely on my way to the menopause, so I guess this process just speeds things along a little!
Hi Milo & Holeinone, welcome to the thread. You'll get lots of support and tips from these wonderful ladies, hang on in there
Hi Sals, OMG I am so with you on the wine front. I too can only manage a glass now, but at least the lack of alcohol outways the excessive food intake!!
Hi TBird, I have my chemo through a cannula weekly, and try to alternate hands. They put little heated bean bags or heated blankets on your hands at my hospital to warm up your veins first. I found that after my second week my hand was still hurting as I'd used the same hand twice. I think the pain can sometimes happen because of the speed the drugs go through. You can ask them to turn the machine down a bit apparently.
My next session is Friday and will be the end of cycle 2 of 4 so will be half way trough my trial chemo, then off for three rounds of FEC. Yay!!!
Take care everyone and stay well
04-12-2018 08:28 AM
04-12-2018 07:14 AM
03-12-2018 05:36 PM
the nurse did use a heat pad, but I had been in hotel nhs twice after my first chemo and had to have iv antibiotics in the same hand.
I will ring nurse tomorrow if it doesn't start getting better, fingers crossed
03-12-2018 03:53 PM
03-12-2018 02:50 PM
Hi all, keep going we can do this!
Kateday, keep holding off that cold, you can do it. I keep getting a mini sore throat, it might be the weakened immune system? Good to know about the head hair growing back already, thank you. I'm scrubbing my legs like razy in the shower trying to get the leg hairs to fall out, haven't shaved in ages especially!
Pigeon, yes my taste buds went very strange for the first week, actually could not stomach a cup of tea and other things tasted odd so stuck to bland and squash for a while. Thank you for the hair info as well, interesting to read it concurs with Kateday.
Tbird, I have no experience of chemo through the hand. Hopefully someone else in the same position may be able to offer better advice. If not, maybe phone your chemo unit if it is causing discomfort?
Think I've lost about half my head hair since 14 days after first FEC, although as yet you can't tell, the bathroom bin knows the truth though!
More chemo for me on Thursday
03-12-2018 10:26 AM
Day 11 of round 2 for me, I seem to have little white/blonde hairs growing on my head too!? They’re so fine, I almost can’t even see them unless I catch them in the light. Very odd. I hope they don’t fall out, if only because I’m tired of finding little hairs everywhere! As for my other hair, my armpit hair is gone, lady garden is sparse, but quite a bit of my my leg hair is still happily growing 😩😂
Is anyone else having any weird tastebud changes on FEC? All of a sudden yesterday afternoon everything started tasing sour... at first I thought my lime cordial had gone off, but then realised it’s everything that tastes off/sour. I thought the taste change was more of a taxotere thing?! 🤷♀️
02-12-2018 01:18 PM
02-12-2018 10:52 AM
Glad to see everyone is still plodding through.
Milo, hello I'm new too, joined just a couple of days ago. My chemo started the day before yours so our treatment cycles are pretty close.
Sals, hope you hold off that cold! I'm hoping to handle the appetite if the oncologist has tweaked my anti sickness meds for next time, it's the steroids in one that are the cause of it.
Have had really bad headaches these past few days, I'm waking with them. Trying to up the fluid intake this week and see if it makes the first week of chemo easier. Not looking forward to no sleep and sweaty nights for a week!
Hair loss, I've stopped brushing my hair and am washing it gently, as long as there's still enough to stick out from under a hat I'll be OK for now. Really hoping to lose leg and armpit hair, like Liloc I'm searching for good points in this
Keep smiling November ladies
02-12-2018 08:58 AM
02-12-2018 07:47 AM
Dear Sals, glad to see I am not the only up at stupid o'clock on a Sunday Had my 2nd chemo on Fri and actually feel better than the 1st time. I think it was because I didn't use the cold cap, the last time I felt as though I was away with the fairies for 5 days. This time I just have the nausea but no sickness, thank the anti-nausea tablets. My 3rd cycle is on the 21st Dec so not doing much on christmas day but going out for a meal on boxing day, with the OH, daughter and Dad.