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October 2018 Chemo starters

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Trixielady, thank you for your kind message. I finished chemo last March, but still pop onto the threads. I'm not too bad thanks, I haven't quite got the stamina yet I had before bc, but I can see it's gradually improving.

I think you had your first chemo today? I hope you got on ok x

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Hi Sar_ah, just wanted to reassure you a bit about the night sweats you're having. I'd already gone through the menopause when I was diagnosed with bc, but still ended up sweating a lot during the night. It stopped once I'd finished chemo! If I remember rightly I'm pretty sure others on my thread (Oct '17) had it as well.

I had two urine infections during chemo, so get it checked as mine delayed my chemo twice. Hope you feel better soon x

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Hi ladies. I visited the physio at my local cancer support centre. She has referred me to a specialist at a local gym who will give me a programme and support my return to exercise. I think the course lasts six weeks, with two sessions a week. She also gave me a Macmillan guide and fitness dvd!  It is probably worth seeing if that is available locally to you before you fork out on gym fees!  Kx

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Haha Fiona I hope hubby hasn’t interfered too much with your plans for the morning! 🤦‍♀️

 

I am planning to get fit again too as I emerge from the chemo fog. My wonderful Mum arrives next week (so exciting) and we’re both going to join a local gym. I plan on starting with gentle cardio along with yoga and Pilates classes. Steering clear of high-intensity activities for the first week or two, as I know my competitive side will take over and I will overdo things! 🙈 I ran the idea by my GP today and he agreed with my plan. 👍 I know that a friend of mine who has also been through chemo started working with a personal trainer when she started radiotherapy, and apparently he had experience with cancer patients. Not sure how she found him, but such people do exist!

 

Sar_ah, did you receive any helpful advice regarding your wee and hot sweats questions? I’m interested to hear the advice you received, as I’ve experienced similar symptoms, albeit to a slightly lesser extent. I can be very ignorant at times; it didn’t even occur to me that my crazy hot flushes could be related to the menopause!?! 😂 I had a fairly regular menstrual cycle all through FEC but things stopped on docetaxel. I guess I’ll just wait and see if they come back...🤷‍♀️

 

I can relate to the rollercoaster feelings, Aneeebel. I was planning on going to work today, where I was supposed to be hosting an important visitor and presenting a paper at a meeting. I was in denial all of the weekend that I might not be well enough and refused to consider the idea of not going to work. Set my alarm and got up at 6.20 this morning... then proceeded to cry in the bathroom for the next 20 minutes as I knew I wasn’t well enough to go to work. I was just so frustrated by it all! Of course, it didn’t really matter that I didn’t go in; a colleague is hosting the visitor in my stead and I sent through my comments on the paper via email. But it really felt like the end of the world this morning! 🙈

 

How was your meeting with the surgeon today, Badboob? Do you have a schedule in place for the surgery?

 

I hope you feel progressively better as the week wears on, Aneeebel and Sar_ah. And that you’re getting ready for your final ever chemo session, Fiona. 👍 We are almost there!

 

xox 💐💪💕😘

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Morning Ladies 

I'm so pleased to hear you're starting to feel better Aneeebel 👍🏻🏵 and yes, we did our walk (and beer) 🚶‍♀️🍺

Badboob, I hope you have a successful meeting with your surgeon today. For me, it gave me hope that there is an end to all this 💩.

Sar_ah, do ring your unit, it's best to be safe. With regard to the menopause, I was approaching it prior to bc, and I've had periods throughout chemo up until I started on T. I'm now 30 days overdue so I'm hoping that's it for me. I do suffer with night sweats though, most noticeably my head 😁 

I'm after recommendations on a good exercise plan to get back to some reasonable level of fitness. Any ideas? I'm going to restart couch 2 5k but I don't want to overdo it, I'm known for my tendency to go full steam ahead and overdo things 😉 Are there gp recommended personal trainers who deal with cancer patients?

Hubby's decided he's working from home this morning so my day has just been disturbed 😠 I had it all planned out! Lol! I love him really 😍

Ĺadies, have a good Monday 🤗🤗💐💐

💜Fiona xxx

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Thank you for your words Shi and Aneeebel Smiley Happy I’m feeling a bit better this morning but will ring the unit anyway, like you say best to be on the safe side Smiley Happy 

i hope you all have a good day and badboob good luck with your appt xx 

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Sar_ah.... Thank You for your good wishes, I am starting to feel a bit better thank goodness! 🎀 😀

It may be a good idea to ring yr unit and mention your wee/sweat problem....you may feel a bit better saying it over the phone as opposed to face-face then at least you wouldn't feel as uncomfortable! 

I have had moments where I'm freezing cold one minute (Sat with a blanket on!) and then next minute I'm boiling but one of the nurses told me that 2 of my drugs cause rigors when administered together so I'm assuming that was the problem as opposed to menopausal problem! In fact...after results from a blood test came back it showed I'd been through the menopause but I've never had any symptoms, so that's good!!! 😀

Have you thought of ringing your Breast Care Nurse...she may be able to advise you! 🎀

 

Badboob... I hope your appointment with your surgeon goes well! 🎀

 

Hopefully you're feeling better Elliesmum! 🎀

Did you manage to go for a walk Fiona?🚶‍♀️

 

Keep your chin up Girls...and stay strong! Have a nice day! 😀🌷🎀

 

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Sarah please ring your unit about the wee. I didn’t have a temp but had a uti when I got hospitalised during chemo, it’s better to keep safe darling and ring your unit, they would rather keep you safe too. It’s easy to think oh it’s nothing, I know it’s late now but please ring them if it is anything they need to get antibiotics into you ASAP. 😘😘💕💕✨✨✨Shi xx

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Evening ladies, 

hope your all well. Elliesmum and Aneeebel glad to hear you’re both home.   aneeebel I hope you had a massive scream ..... I feel like that a lot!! Elliesmum glad you had felt better in the morning! 

Fiona well done to your step son for raising all that cash! Smiley Happy and well done you going in to work! 

Trixielady I find it hard to keep up too, I seem to go in spits and spurts of being on top of what’s happening🙈 .... but then that could just some me up! 

I have a question re “the change” 😱 i noticed just before the last cycle I was waking up at night sweating...a lot.   Stupidly I was too embarrassed to ask the nurses if could it be the start of the menopause, I probably sound very silly but I can’t even say the “m” word out loud!  ..... I’m pretty sure it probably is.   I now seem to have developed a constant need to wee feeling 🤦🏼‍♀️ Is anyone else havin this? I feel like I could be going a little mad! I keep checking my temp incase of a uti! 

Sorry to bog you all down with my wee and sweat questions! But hope you’ve a had a good weekend and got lots of rest 

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Shi.... Thankyou for your support X 🎀

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Hi Jencat, thank you, hope your doing OK ? It's very difficult to keep up with everyones treatment plan. How have you found it ? Do you only have 2 more to go or do I have it wrong ? Xx

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Can’t get the Malcolm mclaren double Dutch video to upload, sorry ladies, that’s how is oct17 girls felt on 6th chemos, like you just gotta keep going 👭👭👭👭it does give you a bit of a bite on the bum after the 6th one because you are happy you’ve made it and then you have the flip of that and are suddenly 🤔has that really happened to me. I spent my 6 chemos off my rocker 🤪🤪🤪🤪🤪 😁😁😁and 💃🏻💃🏻🕺🕺🕺💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻It’s good to let the tears out, it’s all part of the heeling ❤️❤️❤️😘😘💕💕💕✨✨✨Shi xx

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Very true Fiona... it's a load of 💩!!

 

Thanks for the hug x 😘🌷🌼

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I can hear you screaming from here, Aneeebel  😉

Bless you, scream and cry as much as you want. It's a hard battle we're all fighting. Every day is different. We're all here for each other and we're doing a fantastic job of surviving each day 💐💐

Big hugs to you all 🤗🤗🤗

💜Fiona xxx

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Sure does Badboob... a bloody great big truck!! 🚚🚛⛟

Maybe we should have a October 18 Starters Screaming Session...😏🙄🤪 

After 3........

 

Thanks for the hug! x 😘🌻

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Scream away Aneeebel! That’s what we are here for. 

 

So so sorry you are having a bad time. Sometimes it just sneaks up and hits you like a truck doesn’t it! 🤬🤬🤬🤬

 

Great big hug for you! 😉

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ElliesMum... good news that you're finally feeling a bit better!  Hopefully you'll start bucking up a bit now! 🎀🌻🌼🌷

 

I've suddenly gone ridiculously fragile... every thing seems to have "hit me" again and I've been so upset this afternoon! 😢💔

Tears just keep rolling down my face! 😢💔

I just feel like "I've just about had enough".. probably because I'm a bit under the weather...... 😢💔

Does anybody mind if I scream????? 😫😫😫

 

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Yay, Aneeebel, so pleased that you are home and feeling better! 💕👍🥰💐🍾

 

Thank you Aneeebel, Shi, Fiona and Badboob for the kind wishes. I felt crappy again last night (almost called the chemo line at 2am 🙈) but seem to have finally turned a corner this morning. Finally starting to feel more like myself. The chemo fog is lifting. So pleased! 💪🎂🥳

 

I hope you’re doing alright, Sar_ah. 🤞

 

Wow, what a great fundraising effort by your step son, Fiona. 👍💕 Especially given that he sounds quite shy. Good on him! Xox

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Thankyou Badboob and 💜Fiona x 💐

 

A walk and a beer sounds like a fabulous idea Fiona... Enjoy! 🍺🚶🏼

I've still to have my 'celebratory beer' for finishing chemo...it should be chilled enough by the time I'm in the mood or fit enough to drink it!! 🙄🍺💪🏼🎀

 

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Great news Aneeebel 💐💐 I'm really pleased you're back home now 👍🏻 wishing you and ElliesMum a speedy recovery.

Shi, thank you, I will pass on your kind words to my stepson. It's totally out of character for him, he's so shy and hates any attention so to do something like that in front of 30 or so people was very brave.

It's pretty cold in Matlock today but I'm dragging hubby out for a walk, with the promise of a beer at the midway point 😉

Take care ladies, keep warm 💪💪

💜Fiona xxx

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Yah! Yippee! Sending you a bunch of virtual flowers to welcome you both home,  Elliesmum and Aneeebel! 

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Morning Girls... Hope you're all well! 🎀

 

I'm home! Yippee! Armed with 2 lots of antibiotics and Tami Flu tablets but I'm home! 🤒🤕😀

 

Have a good day x 🌼🌸🌺🌻🌷🌹

 

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Ellie mum glad you are home. Aneebel hope you managed to get home too 🤞🤞FiMillan, that’s a brilliant amount raised by your stepson, please pass on thanks to him it’s an amazing thing he’s done and it raises awareness 👍👍💕💕✨✨Shi xx

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Wow.. Your stepson did well didn't he Fiona... 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 Good news that your morning went well! 🎀

 

The Doc has been round, Im allowed home if my neuts have increased... The only problem is, the nurse only came to do my blood test at about 1pm...So if my bloods are ok...it's likely to be bedtime by the time I get home anyway as I have to wait for meds!!! 🙄🙄 Keep everything crossed the little blighters are good!!! 🤒🙄😳

 

Its a glorious day here in Lancashire...hope you're all doing something nice! 🎀😘💐

 

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Morning all

 

ElliesMum , I'm pleased to hear you're back home now and I hope you're taking it easy 💐

Aneeebel, it's so good when you sleep isn't it? I hope you're not in hospital too much longer

Badboob, glad to hear the s/e's of EC are being kind to you. I think the tiredness may  be part of chemo, and the length of time we've spent having this domestos in our bodies.

I did my morning at work, I onĺy really went in as my stepson (who works for us) was raising money for Breast Cancer Care by having his head shaved so I thought I ought to support him, being as I'm the reason he's doing it. 5 hours of work, and I came home and had to go to bed for a couple of hours  I was shattered. I did feel better in myself for getting out and about and seeing some faces other than hubby's 😁 (Stepson raised about £400 I think). 

You'll be fine when you meet your surgeons, Badboob and Aneeebel. Go armed with any questions you have. I felt so much better for meeting mine this week. It really is like seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. 

sar_ah, I hope you're ok and not suffering too much with s/e's.

It's a lovely bracing day in Matlock, a dusting of snow on the hilltop. I think a walk is called for at some stage while the sky is blue and the sun is shining.

Take care ladies, rest and stay 💪💪

🤗🤗

💜Fiona xxx

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Morning Ladies...

 

ElliesMum...good news that you're home! How are you feeling today?💐🎀

Badboob...hope all goes well on Monday! I have my appointment with my surgeon too but it's not until next Monday! 👙 🎀

💜Fiona...how are you? Not long now until chemo is over for you too.... It's a fabulous feeling! How did you get on when you went into work?! 💪🏼🎀 

Sar_ah...hope you're doing well! Hopefully the side effects are being kind! 💪🏼🎀

 

Im still in hospital...I actually had a good nights sleep...I'm a terrible sleeper but actually slept more or less from 9.30 until 6 am! I'll never sleep tonight! 😂😴

I feel a bit better today...I'm not bogged down with flu symptoms but maybe they caught it early with doing the swabs when I was in the clinic! I had a chest X-ray but still waiting for the results...I actually think the Doctors believe we don't need to know the results of any of these tests we have!

The Doc said my lungs were a bit 'rattly' yesterday... I won't be running the 3 minute mile any time soon!

We'll see what the day brings.... I would like to go home but my hubby is quite poorly with a chest infection (after me calling him a soft ass!! 😂🤒) and I don't want to catch anything else!!! 😳😳😳

 

Thankyou for thinking of me Girls... You're very kind!

Have a fab w/end! Stay strong! 🎀

 

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Haha while I’m certain that your nephew is lovely (and an excellent doctor), Badboob, I too hope that I never need to meet him! 😂 Good luck with your appointment on Monday.

 

I’m back home, as I was finally discharged last night. They decided that I just had a gastro bug, so once I got past the vomiting and diarrhoea stage they rehydrated me and let me out. Still a bit weak (as I also have an annoying cold), but feeling much better than I was. How are you getting on, Aneeebel? Are you gripped by the horrible flu, or are you starting to feel a bit better? I sincerely hope that you’re on the mend and managing to get some rest. 🤞💐

 

I hope all of you ladies have a good weekend, and keep warm. I’m so jealous of all of the lovely snow photos from around the UK! ⛄️❄️ We only got a tiny dusting of snow here - and I missed it as I was in hospital! 🙈

 

Xox 💕💐💪🥰

 

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Blimey ladies, I turn my back for a couple of days and what do I find but two of you are in Hospital! I do hope you are both feeling better and will be home soon! At least you know that this pooppy 💩 part is OVER for you now. I feel I have been very lucky to have a escaped an overnight stop at casa nhs.  (So far 😉)

 

On a random point, my nephew is a consultant emergency medical doctor at the Walsgrave, so I hope you never have the opportunity of meeting him, Elliesmum!

 

I hope you are all getting on ok with your docetaxel, I have found the se’s on EC to be very different, gone are the skin and bottom problems, to be replaced with overwhelming tiredness. A two hour afternoon kip is essential!  But I do sympathise if you have having problems as they are not pleasant.

I am slathering bio-oil on my nails to try and stop the rot, then rubbing the excess on my face and hands. The result is that my skin is the best it’s been for years! I have super sensitive skin and have always had to really careful with products. But it’s still really annoying when people remark how well you look! I suppose they have a vision of a chemo patient as being half dead so when you seem to be functioning ok they can’t process it! 

Well done Sarah on your last dose, I can only imagine how emotional you must have felt.

Fiona, not long for us! 

I have my appointment with the surgeon on Monday to discuss the next stage ( gulp ) DH is coming with me which is good, but wish me luck! 

 

Onward and upward ladies. Getting there.....slowly! x

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Good morning! 😊⛄️

 

I’m glad you’re feeling a little better today, Aneeebel. I’m starting to pick up too. I fully intend to go home today, although I did notice this morning when the nurse was setting up my next lot of IV fluids/antibiotics that they will take 8 hours to run through... So I may not get away this morning! 🙈

 

Yay for the happy tears, Sar_ah! You’re officially done - woohoo! 🥳🍾 Hopefully you can ride out the final lot of side effects without feeling too unwell. Thanks for mentioning the willow foundation too, it looks fabulous!

 

I hope your day at work goes well, Fiona. Draw on that inner strength and “rise above” if anyone tries to say how well you look. You can complain to all of us afterwards! 😂 I am looking particularly horrible at the moment. My head looks like a potato (sooo puffy and swollen), and I have break outs everywhere. I feel crappy and look horrendous. I’m just trying to remind myself that it will pass. Once we get these horrible drugs and steroids out of our systems, the puffiness will go. You are so nearly there. We can get through it! 💪💕😘

 

xox 💐👊

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So pleased to hear you're feeling a bit better today Aneeebel and that you managed to get some sleep too. I guess being in your own room makes a big difference. 

Take care everyone 🤗🤗💪💪 We're almost there.

💜Fiona xxx

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Morning Ladies

 

Aneeebel and ElliesMum , I'm sorry to hear you're both in hospital but you know it was the right thing to do. Your health is the most important thing at the moment. Wishing you both a speedy recovery 🤗🤗🤗💐💐💐

Badboob, I hope you're doing ok?

And well done Sar_ah on getting to that last one. Take it easy this week. As for crying, there's every reason you should cry, this battle is so blooming hard physically and emotionally, it's no wonder we all cry 😢

As for me, I'm starting to fret about next Friday.I'm sure it will be fine but it's knowing that I'll feel like 💩 for 10 days afterwards 😡 . I'll be on hospital watch for that time. It's so draining mentally. 

I'm off into work this morning, starting to fret about that too because of my appearance. Eyebrows have virtually gone now along with the eyelashes. And I'm so fat now 😢 and everybody will say how well I look 😈 I shall try to remain the pleasant nice person I used to be 🤔

Take care ladies, keep pumping those iv antibiotics into you, you're in the safest hands. Big hugs  🤗🤗

💜Fiona xxx

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Morning Ladies...

 

How are you all feeling? 

ElliesMum, do you think you'll be going home today? Fingers crossed you do! 🎀

Badboob and Sar_ah...how are you doing? 🎀

💜Fiona....hope you're well 🎀

Jencat and Shi... Thankyou for thinking about me and the rest of us Ladies... You're very kind 🎀

 

I'm in my own room too, which is good...the nurses have to wear those masks over their mouths and nose when they come in the room because of the flu bug.... I'm sure they'll be cursing me, although, it makes me chuckle to be honest... 😷😷😷🤒🤒🤒

I slept on and off from about 8.30... I actually feel a bit better today! 💪🏼💗

 

We're on our way up Ladies.... Not long now! 

Have a good day X 🎀

 

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That’s good about the room!! Hopefully and lovely sleep and you get to put your feet up at home tomorrow Smiley Happy

im good thank, today was very emotional! I cried on all the nurses and even the bloody tea lady when I left the unit! I’m not a crier but this week I’ve gone for it, but today was happy tears Smiley Happy although my poor husband didn’t know what to do with himself! 🙈

How you feeling about next week Fiona? 

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Thanks for the lovely thoughts and comments, ladies. You are a fabulous bunch! 💕💐 I’m still feeling pretty awful, but much better than I was.

 

I’m sorry you’re stuck in hospital too, Aneeebel. It’s really not fair, is it! Good on you for calling your chemo line, even though I know you didn’t want to. I hope that you start to feel better soon. I’ve been kept in for another night - but I definitely plan on heading home tomorrow. I was moved to a swanky new en-suite room today, so I should at least get a decent sleep tonight. 👍

 

How are you getting on, Badboob and Sar_ah? I hope you’re both feeling ok after chemo. The countdown is almost on for you, Fiona. Next week and you’ll be done too! We’re all nearly there! 💪💕🥰 xox

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So sorry to hear your both in hospital ladies! You’re so right though Ellie’s mum get this done and that’s it for the chemo Smiley Happy I hope your both on the mend soon and feeling better.   Thinking of you both Smiley Happy 

 

badboob I am indeed south Essex! Although I’m having my rads in north Essex.   It’s so much nice that way (not why  having rads there 🤣)  I used to be based on north Essex and we covered the whole area, I was forever googling houses in the pretty villages I’d been asking to move ..... my husband was having none of it 🙈

 

I don’t know if anyone would is interested by my nurse mentioned today about the willow foundation, there a charity who arrange ‘special days’ for people between the ages of 25-40 who have had/have a serious life threatening illness, the nurse recommended applying, the website has lots of information.   Hope that was ok to mention on here! 

Have a lovely evening all the Aneeebel and Elliesmum hope your on the mend soon 

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Aneebel, 😘😘rest up and let the antibiotics do their thing, keep hydrated and try and get the food down too. You are in safest place to get all ok now. Sorry you’ve ended up with another weekend at casa nhs but at least you are safe 💪🏻 Hope you get your own room so you can sleep a bit better too. Ellie’s mum hope you are on mend too ❤️❤️To everyone shi xx

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Aneeebel and Elliesmum, hope you both feel much better very soon xx

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Hi Ladies...

My temperature went up so I rang the helpline... I had to come up to the clinic for antibiotics!

The nurse did swabs of my nose and throat as I explained my Hubby has a chest infection... 

I tested positive for flu and I've been admitted to hospital! The Doc mentioned 'for the weekend!"

This wasn't part of the plan... 🤒😷🙄😳

To be honest... I feel pretty grotty!! 

 

Hope youre feeling a bit better ElliesMum... 🎀💐

Hope all you other ladies are doing okay too xx 🎀💐

 

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Bless you ElliesMum, thinking of you and sending you big hugs 🤗🤗 but you did the right thing calling it in. 

It's true, in a day or two both you and Aneeebel should start improving and there'll be no looking back for either of you. The rest of us will be following closely behind 💪💪

Stay safe ladies 🤗🤗💐

💜Fiona xxx

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Anneebel, please phone your unit, keep safe.  Im having trouble getting on the forum via my phone ladies, so I am reading just not being able to post.  Shi xx

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Haha I’m glad I’m not the only one whose husband thinks he is on death’s door at the first sign of a sniffle. Thank goodness he wasn’t ill during chemo - he would have been harder to look after than the baby! 😂 I feel for those of you with unwell partners and hope they get well soon, and keep their germs to themselves!!!

 

Please be safe and call the chemo line, Aneeebel.  You’re so close to being through the other side. I enjoyed my bus excursion, and ended up timing it well as I felt horrific for the rest of the day once I got home. Eruptions from both ends, and literally spent 2 hours in the bathroom. Also spiked a fever. Soooo, as much as I really, really didn’t want to... I called the chemo line. Unsurprisingly, they made me come in. So I’m back in hospital, hooked up to IV antibiotics. While I don’t particularly want to be here, I am feeling a bit better so it was the right call. I’m reminding myself that this is the last cycle and, once the side effects pass, I’m done! 💪

 

Thinking of you all. Xox 😘💐💕

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Oh Aneeebel, do look after yourself. We all know how hard chemo is and you've had your fair share of 💩💩 throughout. Drink plenty of water and ring that helpline, no matter how desperately you don't want to. 🤗🤗

Lol, sounds like your husband makes similar comments to mine 😁 I had to send him to the gp yesterday with painful tubes in his sphericals! He came away with anti biotics for an infection 😂 I think he was just trying to get some attention 😉 but at least it's nothing serious.

It's a cold foggy day here so wood burner is lit and I'm relaxing watching the world go by from my front room. 

Take care ladies and enjoy your day 🤗🤗💪💪

💜Fiona xxx

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Hi Ladies...

How are you all doing today??? 🎀

 

ElliesMum...fab news that you have your dates for rads!

Hope you 'enjoyed' your mystery your home on the bus! 🚌 How are you feeling today? 🎀

 

I still have a very, very dodgy stomach 💩...(And my hubbys man flu!!!! 🤒🙄)

He must be feeling rough...he's even made an appointment at the Gp's!! 🙄

-I did chuckle to meself...I'd made a piece of toast and nipped in the bedroom on my way back to the living room (we live in a bungalow) and he said I don't want anything to eat! I pointed out it was mine!!! Haha!! Obviously thought I was mollycoddling him!! As if!!!! 😂😂😂🤒🤒🤒🙄🙄🙄

I may have to ring the helpline for advice! Keep everything crossed they don't ask me to go up because I'm not going!! I don't have the energy!! 

I wasn't meant to be poorly after my final chemo....this isn't part of the plan!!! 🙄😫🤒

 

Have a good day Girls x 😘🌼

 

💗💪🏼💗💪🏼💗💪🏼💗

 

 

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ElliesMum - I know Leamington well Smiley Very Happy. I grew up in Kineton (about 10 miles away) and lived and worked in Leamington and Warwick for a while. And I know Warwick hospital is good - my late stepfather frequented there in his later years and he was always well looked after.  Walsgrave is okay too, although parking is a nightmare there.

 

I was told that I needed the full kaboodle - chemo, surgery and rads.  I'm not sure if that was a belt and braces answer or if that was the general opinion of the MDT.  Either way, I'm "happy" to do all three stages if it means the cancer will be kicked into the long grass.  And getting chemo out of the way first may be a blessing in disguise - I don't think I'd like to end on chemo.

 

My surgeon yesterday said that rads can be worked around any holiday. I'm hoping that rads will be done by the end of June anyway, as we've booked our flights to Gran Canaria for the second week of July.  But the surgeon was more than happy for rads to be worked around any holiday.  So, if the same applies at Walsgrave, you should be good to go to New York.  It's great to have something to look forward to now, isn't it?

HeartFiona xxx

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Fiona, most of my treatment has been at the lovely local NHS hospital, Warwick (I live in Leamington), but they don’t do radiotherapy. So I’ll have my radiotherapy at University Hospital Coventry - which is indeed in Walsgrave! 😊 It is a rather overwhelming place, as it is huge, but I’m sure I’ll be well looked after there.

I’m not sure about the rest of you, but I’ve been given rads as they didn’t get clear margins from my mastectomy and also didn’t do a full node clearance (only took 3, of which one was positive). So I’ll be getting the at-risk areas nuked just to be on the safe side! 👍 The trip to New York is still on the cards, with my provisional radiotherapy timescale. Woohoo! 🥳

I hope you all are starting to plan some post-chemo holidays/celebrations too! I still don’t think I could stomach cake or chocolate at the moment (not to mention the bottle of champagne that one very generous friend sent me! 🍾), but I can definitely plan holidays and do some online shopping to celebrate! 😂 Xox
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Morning all
Oh dear, you all sound poorly. Big hugs to you all 🤗🤗
Do take care and ring that helpline if you need to. Don't risk it, you know you can get through this pile of 💩💩 that is called chemo. And drink plenty of water to keep hydrated if you've got dodgy tums.
Snow? We've got a bit in Matlock but the sun is melting it 🌞It is blooming cold though, I've lit the wood burner while pretending to work at home 😉
ElliesMum, is your treatment at Walsgrave? I originally come from Warwickshire and know the Walsgrave. Fantastic news that you've got a start and end date for rads. I'm now interested to hear how you get on with it. Does this mean the New York trip is on soon before you start on rads? 🤞🏻
Are we all having rads?
I really do think that knowing we're all moving on to the final stages of treatment is going to help us all mentally. While I'm a little concerned about the surgery, I'm telling myself it's necessary in order to kick this cancer's arse into outer space 🚀and it's so good to know that chemo is almost done, just another 28 days for me (yes I'm still counting down the days) 😁
Sar_ah, I hope you're ok? It is overwhelming isn't it? I cried yesterday when the surgeon made a comment about the dark thoughts in the middle of the night. I can deal with it during the day, except when people are nice to me 😉.
Now I ought to do some work but I might be distracted by trying to book a weekend away to celebrate the end of chemo 😉
Take care, ladies, stay safe and warm 💪💪💐💐
💜Fiona xxx
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Hello lovely ladies, thank you all for thinking of me! 😘 I hope that you are feeling a bit better this morning, Badboob, and that you managed to get your daughter to the childminder, Sar_ah!

I’m doing ok. Not great, but not terrible either. I’m so sorry to hear that you’re feeling unwell again, Aneeebel! My tummy keeps going on me too. Not fun! When will it end!?! I think that is my mental struggle at the moment. I feel like I should be really pleased that chemo is done, but I’m so impatient to feel back to normal that I’m getting frustrated with everything. I think I need to take it easy and try to give myself time to heal.

The snow some of you describe sounds lovely! We’ve not had any in the Midlands yet - although that’s probably a good thing, given my morning! 🙈 I had my radiotherapy planning session booked for 9am in Coventry, which is 40-45 minutes drive away at that time of day. Would you believe it, the car wouldn’t start!?! No family or friends I could ask for help nearby. Public transport takes 1-2 hours (2x buses and walking). Was so frustrated by the whole situation I almost broke down and cried! Ended up calling a taxi, as I couldn’t think of a viable alternative. Arrived 10 minutes late, but luckily they still saw me right away. Once I calmed down, it was all fine. Appointment went well, and I now have provisional radiotherapy dates (finish by end of March) - along with three tiny tattoos! It was quicker and more straightforward than I expected.

Excellent to hear that you now have a timeline and dates for your further treatment, Fiona. I’m feeling better already, having received my radiotherapy timeline.

I hope you all have a lovely day! I’m braving the bus (well, the second of two buses) as I slowly make my way home from Coventry. Thank goodness for google maps, so I can follow where I’m going! Xox 💕😘💪
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Oh Aneeebel, just read though your post again. My brain is a bit wonky today! 🤪 All I can say when I had my first Echo, it was torture. The technician was a sadist, she kept jabbing her wand between my ribs for what seem like ages, so if you were feeling rough I can only imagine how distressing it was for you especially as you have so much on your mind! 

 

Keep strong, 💪💪

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Morning lovely ladies.  First of all many thanks for your lovely messages, they certainly helped me though a difficult day. 

 

Now awake and feeling pants! In bed by 6.30 yesterday, just couldn’t cope anymore, left DH to fend form himself last night for food, so no idea what state the kitchen will be in. 🙀. He made me a cup of tea earlier so hopefully he had a quick tidy up🥴.

 

We have SNOW! Now, you folk who are used to “proper “ snow will say it’s more a heavy frost, but it’s a start! Sar_ah you must be further west of me (north Essex, Cambs, herts border) and missed our light dusting. 😉.

 

Good news Fiona that you’ve got your op date. It’s good that things are moving forward. My Herceptin jabs will restart 3 weeks after my next chemo and will carry on regardless when I have my op. Aneeebel, I do hope you get your date soon. The wait for news must be torture! 

 

Elliesmum, I hope you are doing ok too. 

 

Hugs x

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Oh dear Aneeebel, I hope you feel better soon! I can’t imagine how frustrating that must be! Have you spoken to your unit about how you’re feeling?
Are you a fan of the snow? We have none in Essex yet, they keep threatening it but I’m pleased to see nothing! Smiley Happy bring on some sunshine!
Thank you for your words Aneeebel, I feel pretty rubbish this morning but I’m going to get my daughter to the childminder and sit in my pyjamas and find some chocolate ..... sometimes it just got to be done!
I hope you all have a lovely day wrap and warm and toastie xx