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September 2018 Chemo Starters.

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Re: September 2018 Chemo Starters.

Hi pulapula,

Definitely not an easy day for you - I really hope that lump you found turns out to be nothing to worry about. However, the result of your genetic test is fantastic, you must be so relieved. I'm still waiting for mine to come through. How long did you have to wait?

Gx
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Hi kath - hope you can get your molar fixed and that it’s not causing too much pain.

Sorry to hear some of you are not sleeping well. I tend to sleep ok once I’ve drifted off but sometimes find the drifting off bit hard.

Alittlepixie- hope you enjoy your family time. My mum was upset about my hair at first but soon got used to it.

Bit of a mixed day for me. I had my post chemo mri on fri and get the results weds so I’m all geared up for the surgery discussion. As my lump had shrunk I was feeling good. But I’ve just had a shower and found a new lump in the other breast! Trying not to worry and at least we’ll have the scan results on weds so will know what’s going on. But it was a shock to find it! Trying to convince myself it’s a cyst or hormonal response to having my mirena coil removed on Friday.

On a positive note, my genetic testing results came today - they were negative so that is a big relief in terms of worrying about my 13 year old daughter and my sister.
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Re: September 2018 Chemo Starters.

Morning everyone,

I did eventually drift off and have just treated myself to a lovely facial, so not feeling too bad now. I'm relieved that so many of us seem to have this problem. Our poor bodies and minds are having to put up with so much rubbish, I suppose it's not surprising we can't sleep properly.

LittlePixie: we're hoping to see Fantastic Beasts this weekend. I just hope I stay awake! 😀

Kath1977: what miserable luck! How many chemo sessions do you have left? Can you keep the temporary filling until you're done?

Have a good day, lovelies! 😘

Gx
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Re: September 2018 Chemo Starters.

Morning everyone.

I'm having a nightmare, cracked half a molar on Friday eating a subway as well as dealing with side effects.

Been to dentist this morning and can't do anything temporary. Needs a big filling.

Has anyone had any dental work while on chemo?

Am waiting for my oncologist to phone me back.

Hope you are all managing these horrid side effects and stay in the warm.

Love to you all

Kath xx

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Morning everyone!!!
So sorry to hear you're not sleeping Gaby. I'm hoping in time our bodies will settle down and our sleep patterns return. I use music to help me drift off and I use meditation apps as well...Insight Timer is a good one that I use in the middle of the night.
Galligirl, I really hope those SEs ease quickly. I really feel for you cos it's so horrid. I used my heat blanket and baths to help ease the pain.
Jacqs - a cinema trip sounds heavenly, do enjoy! We're hoping to take Eve to see Fantastic Beasts soon. The cinema is an hour away tho so I need to build up a bit more energy first.
Aley - hope the sickness has calmed down now.
My sister and mum are coming to visit from Leeds for 2 days today, so I'll be celebrating Christmas early. I'm really looking forward to seeing them as I've not seen them since my chemo started. I'm hoping my mum doesn't cry when she sees me with no hair. She's 83 and very forgetful so I keep reminding her I've lost my hair so she doesn't get a shock.
Wishing everyone a lovely week ahead and hope those pesky SEs don't cause too much trouble for you. Lots of love xxxx
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Morning Everyone,

Its awful not being able to sleep. Friday night I was awake will 3.30am, then Saturday spent most of the day snoozing.  It’s so hard to break that cycle especially when you just feel yuk.  

Hope you managed some sleep eventually Gaby.

Aley I hope you had a better weekend and that your SE’s have now calmed down.  

Its pouring down here, so we’ve decided on an afternoon at the cinema.  Always feels like such a treat.

have a good day all xx

 

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GabyF - can’t remember the last time I really slept properly either...I just toss and turn...drift off to sleep then wake with a hot flush! Or freezing cold cos I have shoved all the duvet off....I now just sleep when I can and hope it will all sort itself out later! I would just love to wake up refreshed and ready for the day....

 

Been aching all weekend following T last Thursday.....every muscle and joint in my legs particularly....should probably go for a little walk but too tired 🤣💤

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Hi everyone,

Here's my first middle of the night post - I simply can't sleep!! As soon as I got in to bed, my legs started twitching and since then I've had several hot flushes, but basically I'm just wide awake 😡. I can't even blame the steroids tonight. Had a good snooze after lunch yesterday, maybe that was a mistake? I am a bit worried that my sleep has generally become so disrupted and irregular, that even once I come off the chemo drugs, I might continue to have problems. Can't remember when I last had a night when I didn't wake up at least once. Anyway, I shall now try to lie down again and see what happens 😁 😴.

Hope no one is reading this right now and that you are all fast asleep!

Gxx
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Thanks GabyF. Sounds like you’ve had a lovely couple of days and the creative writing sounds amazing..done most of my Christmas shopping online this year-such a godsend! Feeling a bit better now thanks. Thankfully last FEC! T just before Christmas so I hope it doesn’t wreak too much havoc!! Going for an easy one this year-M&S goodies! I treated myself to a kitchenaid which was delivered today, so I’m looking forward to making bread and treats tomorrow 🥖 enjoy the rest of your weekend all x
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Re: September 2018 Chemo Starters.

Evening everyone,

 

It's my left eyelashes and bits of my right eyebrow that seem to be going! Still got a few bits of hair on my head sticking out at odd angles, so yes, I'll also be a bit of a stunnner for Christmas Smiley LOL

 

I've been quite lucky with Paclitaxel this week: virtually no side effects except for feeling a bit tired and breathless, so I've taken advantage and had a couple of fairly busy days - meeting friends for tea, wrapping presents, and attending a university open day with my lovely daughter. It's been nice.

 

I also started doing some creative writing this week, just gathering up thoughts and ideas that have been floating through my mind over the last few months, and combining these with a bit of family history which I have been dabbling with. I've really enjoyed this - something to keep my mind busy, without any particular aim. I don't know how long I will keep it up for, but for now it's something to focus on and to stave off boredom. Smiley Wink

 

Aley: Sorry you've had such a rotten couple of days. I really hope you're starting to feel a bit better.

 

Have a lovely Sunday, everyone.

 

Gx

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Re: September 2018 Chemo Starters.

Thanks ALittlePixie,
Feel a bit better but bloated, had some toast, coffee now tea..so far ok..this has totally caught me off guard as last cycle was so good! I’m anxiously checking my left eyebrow as I’m sure it’s thinning..hope you lovely ladies have a good weekend 💖👍🏼
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Hello!
Thanks Kath, that's good to know. I was the same on FEC with all the drugs. The anti sickness ones actually made me feel worse so I used to go cold turkey and risk feeling sick than take the drugs half the time!
Lisa - isn't it weird that it's just the right eyebrow for now?!?! I'm not pencilling them in yet. My eyebrows are quite fair anyway so unless people are really up close, they probably wouldn't notice too much. Plus, my glasses help matters. To be fair, they're too busy staring at my bald head 😂 I am getting some white fluff on top of my head tho which is quite amusing.
Ktk - I've not been able to wear my lenses since chemo cos my eyes hurt too much. I've two pairs of glasses so I wear my bigger ones to disguise my weird eyebrows 😂
We really do need a sense of humour having chemo and all it entails don't we xxx
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I usually wear contact lenses with glasses as a back up but prior to chemo I went and got a new pair of glasses that were big enough to cover my brows. Although I have no brows now you can’t even tell!! Two months after last chemo I am just getting some regrowth....everywhere!!! Kx
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Hope you are feeling better today Aley 💪🏻❤️

My right eyebrow is worse too ALittlePixie - although it’s not gone completely yet. Are you pencilling it on ... I’m not sure what I’m going to do when they do go 😬 Finally seeing some sign my head hair is coming back whoo hoo ... although it is coming through white 🙈🤣

Hope everyone has a lovely weekend ❤️ Xx
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Morning Alittlepixie

I'm not on both drugs just the pacitaxel and I am only given steroids iv as a pre med before chemo.

With the fec I had so many tablets to take which I hated, anti sickness and steroids but with pacitaxel it is all done IV.

Hope that does help.

Kath xx
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Morning everyone
Thanks Jacqs, that's really helpful to know. I'm not sure yet if I'll be on both drugs. I was wondering what they do re the steroids so that was really helpful, thanks. As to the eyebrows/lashes, my right side is bonkers. I think I have 5 hairs left on the right side and a full brow on the left 😂
Aley - I hope today is better for you and you're feeling more human. Really hope the SEs ease for you quickly x
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Hi Jacqs
Thanks. Feeling a bit rough tbh..vomited about an hour ago and bit of a headache. Rang chemo unit for advice...they said ring us or 111 if you need to..sailed through the last one so this has caught me by surprise..didn’t help that the chemo nurse was from another ward and didn’t really know how to use the machine!
Sorry random question anyone had intra-mammary nodes involved?
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Hi A Little Pixie - each hospital might differ but on the weeks that I only have Paclitaxel, I only have steroids as part of the pre-meds on the day.  I don’t have any more to take home & it does help.  Every 3rd week when I have Carboplatin & Paclitaxel I still have steroids for 3 days following chemo & they are the pits.

I agree with Gaby that the SE’s of Paclitaxel are so much more manageable and honestly having it weekly makes it count down a lot quicker.  

Only problem is, think we’ll have baldy eyes for Xmas. Maybe need to rock the 😎look for a while.

 

Kath - i’ve got a central line & it’s been such a boost.  My veins were rubbish from day 1, so had to have this fitted cause they couldn’t even get a picc line in.  Does make life easier.

 

Aley - glad to hear you’ve had your last FEC & hope the next few days are kind to you.

 

Enjoy the weekend everyone.  Sending hugs to you all xx

 

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Please keep in touch with me and let me know how you get on.

Kath xx
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Thank you so much Kath. I'm so pleased you've managed much better on the Paclitaxel. I was very much like you on the FEC and after this horrid T, I was really anxious about having something weekly.
Hope everyone is OK. Sending lots of love xxx