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October 2018 Chemo starters

Kip
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Wow ladies you are doing well, the hair/wig issue is a biggie at first but once its gone you do get used to it, go with whatever you feel is right, wigs arent for everyone, mine looked lovely but i still hated having to wear it.  Now its getting colder out there will be lovely snuggly hats to wear.  Somebody mentioned what to do about eyebrows and lashes?  I didnt lose mine until chemo 5 out of 6 but if you can book yourselves on to the Looking Good Feeling better course, its free and you get shown how to draw in eyebrows etc and you get lots of lovely freebies.. its a really good pamper for you and a few hours away from this nightmare!

Keep ticking off the days,, 

Kip

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Pinklily ,
I would just like to thank you for your kind words they made me bit teary but i know what you mean i have said to people i am still the same person inside even when i have no hair,
must admit your words have picked me up and i will keep holding on to those hands 🤗,
Lou 💕x
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The scarfs are very fashionable, I've seen a lot of people wearing them, I'm going to wear mine even when my hair grows back.
Kip
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Ladies if you struggle with continued sickness please speak to chemo or help line there are other sickness pills to try, dont suffer in silence, also have you tried anti sickness travel bands?  

Kip

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Lovely ladies, only go for a wig if you really want one. I decided not to bother and didn’t even go and look. In the summer I just went bald but now it is colder I have a plethora of colourful scarves to choose from. Love to all and good luck with your chemo. Kxx
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Hold on in there Lou45, we are here for you and I know you don't feel like yourself anymore, but inside you are still the beautiful person you always have been. I know it's easy to say, but our looks are on the outside, people see us for what we are in our behavior and I know your confidence has been knocked back, but you're not alone and we all know what you are going through. You have to look in that mirror and say, I'm me and I can do this, because we all have our arms around you to give you support and you are you. When this is all over, you will look back and say 'I got through and out the other side and I'm still me. We are all holding hands, don't let go now.
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Afternoon ladies,
Hope you all doing okay on this cold afternoon,
I havent been on here for a bit but if i honest i have been struggling this week i think its just hit me with what i am dealing with,
I too saw the wig lady yesterday and wasnt impressed i have short hair and everything she showed me was nothing like me, when i got home i was quite upset,

Fiona sorry forgot to wish you luck for today hope all went well and you feeling okay,
The same goes for any other ladies that have had treatment today,
I have my second one on tuesday feeling bit anxious if i honest although my first one went okay and i wasnt to bad i got a feeling i wont be so lucky this time, my hair has started to come out now too i just dont feel like myself anymore i started off real positive but i not so much now 😫,
Take care and stay 💪
Lou 💕
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Well done Fiona, one down! 👍💪💕😘
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Afternoon ladies, so first session of chemo done. No immediate side effects yet other than slight headache 😁
I hope you're all safe and taking care of yourselves 💪💪
Only another 125.5 days to go for me now on this stage, as long as it goes to plan 😜. I've even done post it notes for each week and cycle so that I can tick each day off and see progress.
Big hugs to you all 🤗🤗
💜 Fiona xxx
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@Sar_ah My eyebrows and eyelashes have thinned, but as I had pretty thick eyebrows, the change has only been noticeable to me and my OH -- and I am through 5 cycles (3 FEC and 2 TPH, with TPH no. 3 of 4 today). I did lose body hair (armpit, back of legs, pubic) in cycle 1, faster actually than my head hair, which was thin at cycle 2, with a few locks holding on til cycle 5! (I didn't cold cap.) Hair is growing back now -- a few millimetres, approaching a centimetre, despite being on Herceptin in addition to the taxane. I have heard I might lose eyebrows and eyelases in cycle 6 or 7, despite promising hair regrowth.
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Best of luck today ladies having chemo! Thinking of you all ❤️
Had my port fitted yesterday which went well although I’ve rather suddenly started losing a lot of hair, I had the cold cap so wasn’t quite expecting it and have totally been in denial! I’ve also started to lose a lot of body hair ... I didn’t think that have til later, it hasn’t started to to go from my eyelashes or eyebrows but has anyone had any tips for when it does?
Hope you all have a lovely weekend and get lots of rest when you can Smiley Happy
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All the best Aneeebel for today 💪💪
💜 Fiona xxx
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Good luck for today ladies 💪
I couldn't agree more with Sarah, if it wasn't for you all going through the same stuff, I'd be even more scared. It helps to know we can talk and know that we truly understand each other.
I had a meeting with the wig lady yesterday at hospital and I too got upset by it. I guess it just makes this nightmare become reality 😢
Oh well, time to get up and get ready for round 1 🥊
Good luck girls 💜 Fiona xxx
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Hi Shi... Thankyou so much for your lovely message...oooooouzing with positivity and kindness, made me smile 😘 You're right of course, we're all allowed the odd blip.. But I'll get my karate kid outfit on again...and give it all I've got!! 💪🏼💗💪🏼💗

ElliesMum...Yes, lots of challenges, but we'll get there in the end... (The limbo cover is fab, Tvm x 💗)

Sar_ah... Thanks for thinking of us 💗 I'm glad it's not only me with the wig too...I thought I was being dramatic! 💗💪🏼

💜Fiona... Best of luck for today 💗💪🏼

Best wishes to all us October ladies... Take care and Thanks for being here...xx

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Morning everyone, just wanted to say that I too have found the whole wig thing really traumatic. The wig provider at my hospital had the most awful selection  with nothing in a mid length. I completely freak out at my first appointment. 

 

Friends then recommend a local business and I went to see them, what a difference, massive of choice and in fact the first one I tried on I ended up buying. They even had a hairdresser on site who then cut it properly to my style. Back to the hospital to have another go. I realised just how terrible the NHS ones were compared to private. I ended up getting a completely different style to my own on the basis it didn’t make me look like a witch, instead it is more bagpuss! I really feel for those who have no option but to take the free one.

 

The only positive to come from the day was meeting everyone at the Maggie’s centre. They grabbed me as I came out of the fitting, sat me down with a cup of tea and were really really lovely to me. I just felt so much better after my chat with them.  Goodness, this journey is hard isn’t it! 

 

Good luck to to everyone who is having chemo today, 

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Good luck for today ladies 💪
I couldn't agree more with Sarah, if it wasn't for you all going through the same stuff, I'd be even more scared. It helps to know we can talk and know that we truly understand each other.
I had a meeting with the wig lady yesterday at hospital and I too got upset by it. I guess it just makes this nightmare become reality 😢
Oh well, time to get up and get ready for round 1 🥊
Good luck girls 💜 Fiona xxx
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Good luck for all you lovely ladies having chemo tomorrow, you’ve got this 💪🏻💪🏻💪🏻
I know what you mean about the wigs, I went in a shop, came home and cried! I’m kind of glad to hear it’s a “normal” reaction. It’s so lovely to have all you ladies here in my phone, it can be such a lovely journey while being surrounded my people at the same time but this forum as really helped that 💕
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Oh Aneeebel, I’m so sorry to hear that getting a wig upset you. This process has so many challenges for us to deal with! Like you, pinklily, I decided to brave the shave in the week after my first chemo. I went to the barber shop a short walk from where I live and had them shave off my shoulder-length hair. They were fabulous - wouldn’t even let me pay afterwards! It honestly felt really liberating.

I’ve been back at work since shaving my head, wearing a wig. (I tend to wear beanies or hats otherwise.) I personally hated the wig initially and had to be convinced by my husband to go for it (wanted to run out of the shop empty handed and put my head in the sand!). Most people at my workplace don’t realise that I’m going through chemo and I have received several genuine compliments on my fabulous new hairstyle! 😂🙈🤷‍♀️ I’m slowly getting used to the wig and, as Shi suggests, I’m thinking of finding some “fun” wigs too to mix things up a bit! Also buying lots of gorgeous beanies! 🤗👍

Xox😘💕
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Should have said, I had I shaved last Saturday, I want to be in control as much as possible, I'm not going to let the cancer control me
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Good luck to everyone having chemo tomorrow hope it is not too bad for you. I had my hair cut really short four weeks ago, a grade 2, then a lovely man who overheard my conversation on the phone to Sarah at the barbers, wanted to pay for the cost of having my hair shaved, as his sister had cancer last year. He didn't leave his name, just wished me well and paid for me. So I don't have any hair, but I have purchased loads of beautiful scarf chemo hats from Hong Kong and China.
I'm ready for all events, even got the difflam you were all talking about and the child toothbrush.
Hopefully I won't need the difflam.