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November 2017 Chemo Starters

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Happy Sunday everyone - bit late to the party .... sorry!

 

Spent a lovely weekend with OH, working in the sun in the garden - all covered up.  Then up to Balham this morning to help son and OH move house ..... and a chance to give him a hug before he does the marathon next weekend.

 

JC - well done you going with out wig/turban.  My hair isn't even enough for that yet - still bald at the front.  Sorry to hear about the tooth.  Not heard about the zoledronic acid substitute - interesting - if you hear more please pass it on.

 

AK - good luck for tomorrow - you will ace it - let us know when you can that you are all ok πŸ’•

 

Bythesea - home yet?  feeling better?  sending πŸ€—

 

Boob still red - but not sore, if the radiographers hadnt made a fuss I wouldn't be bothering with it.

 

Back at 0830 tomorrow - only 11 more to go - soon be over!  Then I get my life back 😍

 

 

love to all

 

xx

 

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Hi ladies

What a damp Sunday, but a normal weekend watching my son play rugby today and at the rugby club for lunch and prosecco with friends on Saturday. Wow getting back to normal 😊

JC no hormone treatment for me as I am TN and that's why I had chemo
The mastectomy was done to ensure that I had nothing untoward going on as my original lumpectomy showed DCIS cells which weren't expected so I had the rest removed and it was totally clear. As I am not a buxom wench my off the self implant matches reasonably well just more pert so I will stay as I am and in 6 months or so I will have the dent that I have from the original lumpectomy filled if I wish.

Good luck for tomorrow AK positive vibe and big hugs being sent your way πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•
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Thank you so much everyone. I am packed, but not exactly raring to go! I have had a lovely weekend though and feel as ready as I can be for tomorrow.

 

Meanwhile, your support and friendship continue to make me a less neurotic, more smiley person - thanks team.

 

Wishing you all a good Monday and I'll be back boobless but relieved, I hope . . . xx

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Hi

 

Good luck for the surgery girls tomorrow πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ˜˜πŸ˜˜πŸ˜˜

 

I've got dentist appointment on Wednesday and know I will probably need some work done on 2 of my teeth that have been giving me gip though chemo and yes unfortunately will have to pay 😱😱😱

 

Yesterday had lovely lunch out with friends sat outside enjoy the sun and just chatting and caughting up nice to feel normal 

 

Yes I made sure I had my silly sunhat on and plenty of cream factor 50 πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—

 

Today is a different day 🌧🌧🌧🌧🌧🌧

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Happy Sunday
Sadly Bythesea I have to pay for any dental work. It's now been confirmed I need to have my tooth out but I need a blood test & letter authorising the extraction from my oncologist and I am a complete wuss when it comes to the dentist, so am definitely not looking forward to any if this. But how are you doing, you've certainly been put through the mill πŸ€—

Has anyone heard of algaecal - It's a natural tablet form alternative to the zoledronic acid and it increases your bone density by 1% each year you take it?
HF that's brilliant news re your clear margins, hope you're managing to rest & recover. Take it easy πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰
Lesley I hope your mum is ok πŸ€—πŸ€ž and it's great you're halfway (tomorrow) through your rads. Sorry to hear about your sore boob, hope you're recovered for Monday πŸ€—
AK wishing you all the very best for Monday. I hope it goes well for you. For me the chemo was far worse than the op πŸ€—πŸ€ž
Carole are you going to have hormone tablets and how about your other boob, will that need any further treatment? Great news everything has turned out fine for you πŸ€—
Just another thought, has anyone been recommended any particular sun lotion. Is there something we shoukd be using,

Finally, I had a lovely shopping day out with my daughters followed by TGI's and theatre (42nd Street, absolutely brilliant) all without wig/turban, just my short grey/white/brown fuzz. It felt amazing!!!!

Happy Sunday

Xxx

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Big hugs, AK. I'm not gonna lie, the surgery's no fun, but you can do this. I'm the biggest cry baby in the book -- just the thought of the dentist makes me whimper -- and I'm out the other side and can honestly say it wasn't that bad. The care is wonderful, the drugs work, they know how to do this, they are so skilled. And, unlike chemo, it is over quickly and then you get to marvel at how your body recovers. 

 

Love to all,

 

HF

xx

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hi fairydust

first day of taking the 8weeks run in tablets today.

A few things persuaded me to enter it, aspirin is based on naturally occuring ingredients, it is also known to have other health benefits - strokes etc and it helps with cognitive function (anedoctal).

It sort of felt like a win/win situation.

It isn't something that is directly going to affect my treatment, in so much as I wouldn't be worse off if I wasn't on it, but as long as I'm not on the placebo, it might help lots of things.

Also it will keep me under the oncologist after my three years of zoledronic acid is finished - it's a 5 year trial!

 

As I say bit of a win/win situation

 

hope this helps

 

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Hi Lesley, I'm from the September thread. I'm TNBC, soon to have discussions with oncologist 're this add aspirin clinical trial. I understand you have started this trial recently. What was it that made you undertake the trial if you don't mind me asking? How is it going for you this far?

 

Thanks

 

Fairydust x

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Oh Bythesea are you back in again I thought you were headed home yesterday?

You rest up and take care xx
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Hi Bythesea
Taking naproxen as I had them originally prescribed after surgery but surgeon said ibuprofen was fine and to wear as supportive a bra as possible. It's not too bad so she would like it to go on its own, but I'm to keep an eye on it as it may need draining. Hope yours calms down soon.
Keeping my fingers crossed for both of us xx

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Good to hear from you Carole and glad your doing well x. What anti inflammatorys are you on?
I've been on IV antibiotics since Tuesday night. I had massive boobie syringed on Wednesday night and had surgery on Thursday morning for a wash out. So lying here with drain on one side and IV drip on the other! Got own room again tho 😊
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Afternoon Bythesea - yes I told them, but these are a completely different type - they are silicon and fold with your skin, can be worn in the shower etc, it feels more like padding than a dressing - I've had a peak and there doesn't seem to be any reaction so far 🀞 it stays that way!

 

How are you feeling? 

 

Carole - well done - all over!!  Get you with your pert strapped up boobies!!  Bet you are relieved!!

 

xx

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Well Hello ladies ❀️
Well done Harry fiddler now take it easy x
Lesley Hope your mums ok and your boobie gets better. Did you tell them dressings don't agree with your skin???
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Good afternoon ladies

Where has the day gone. Well today was follow up appointment with my surgeon and I have some fluid collection around implant so anti-inflammatory tablets and keep the boob strapped tight to help this go down and all should be good. Apart from that all is very good as all tissue removed was cancer free so no more treatments for me. She wants to see me in six months to look at cosmetic work, but I knew she was pleased with her work when she said I had a nice cleavage πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ. I still have a follow up appointment with onc in a couple of weeks to discuss check ups etc.

AK I'm here to hold hands, you will be fine. I can't believe I've made it this far and you will too πŸ€—

Oh Lesley hope you are not too sore and that it improves over the weekend. I am sure a large glass of red will help 🍷

Good to hear you are okay HF and all went well, relax and take it is easy. Hope recovery goes well πŸ€—

Anadan hope SE are being kind to you but remember this is the last time

Bythesea I hope that you are doing okay sending some of my healing vibes but not the swelling boob ones πŸ’•

JC good luck with the tooth.

Hope everyone else is doing okay too and I hope everyone has a lovely weekend

xxx
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You'll be fine AK - we will all be holding your hand as you go into theatre and be sitting eating your grapes as you wake up.

 

Practice your arm exercises so before hand so you know what you are doing next week - and keep them going.

 

I left rads this morning with a dressing in place.  Under my boob is quite inflamed and they were worried about the skin breaking down over the weekend.  They will look at it again on Monday.  It's not so much the rads affecting it but the whole 'overhang' situation - nice, damp warm environment for the skin to rub. 

I haven't felt any discomfort - until they put the dressing on - typical.

9 down, only 11 to go!

 

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Hello Lesley, it is Monday (16th) and I have to be there by 7.30 am ready for the morning list. I have a posh lunch out schedule for tomorrow which is a treat but there is a bit of me that keeps thinking 'the condemned woman ate a hearty meal . . .'! 

 

How is everyone today? xx

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When is your surgery date AK - sorry if you have already said, brain still on up to speed!

 

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Hello everyone, anxious AK here anticipating surgery and catching up on everyone's news and the chat on the thread. I have been grateful for busy working days and some lovely social events in the evenings to keep me occupied and a bit less neurotic! Monday is looming huge in my mind now. I may need Lesley's gold catsuit. I am currently washing with gorgeous antiseptic pre-lotion as instructed, so I will be clean if I borrow it, honestly.

 

Bythesea, so sorry you're going through the mill with difficult news about next stages and possible chemo again and then hospital admission. It is the worst of news and I am sending love, thoughts and healing vibes across the border to you.

 

HF, wonderful to hear your progress and to know that you're doing well post-surgery. You, Carole, Bythesea and all of those who have gone before me are my guiding lights at the moment. 

 

Lesley, you are so right about the stingy effects of the Lush soap in eyes. I lathered up as if I still had hair and then ended up with far too much that dripped into my eyelash-free eyes. Ouch, ouch, ouch. 

 

Anadan, you are a complete star. Amazing work - I know what it takes to do 8 cycles and you have done brilliantly. I am proof that even after 8 tough rounds, you do begin to emerge and feel relatively well/normal. After about 2 weeks, I really began to feel better and it was so uplifting to know I was fighting back from the wretchedness of chemo. Take your time and be proud of yourself. 

 

JC, I am rubbish with dentists (do you see a theme emerging here?), so I am wishing you well for your horrid treatment and hope you are doing okay now.

 

Have a happy Thursday evening everyone. xx

 

 

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Morning all

 

Good to hear you are home and recuperating well HF - long may it continue!

 

Bythesea - are you all settled in back home?  How did your planning meeting go?  I was thinking about you at 3am this morning ...... are you going to have to travel over on the ferry every day for your rads??

 

Saw the gynae man last night - everything looks fine, he isn't sure what the gp was looking at but he couldn't find a prolaspe.  He thinks my issues are to do with chemo and should go away on their own, given time.  But obviously he wants to do more tests - just to make sure!! So ultrasound scan and colposcopy to be arranged in the next 4 weeks then back to see him to be hopefully signed off!

 

My mum has been referred in on a supected cancer pathway yesterday - she can't remember if it's gastro or colorectal - fingers crossed she is one of the 90% that it's all just a big scare!

 

Number 8 of 20 rads completed this morning.  I feel as if I am flying thru them!

 

Happy Thursday to all - nearly the weekend 

 

xx