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Amyjb,

Well done you...😄!! It’s great to be all over with the trek...

 

Lucaboo,

What a pain there’s still one day left for you, that does drag it out, it’ll be because the machine was broken on your first day won’t it ? Skin still seems to be OK thanks, been using a very light moisturiser called Child’s Farm as I found Aveeno a bit thick, I’ve never suffered from dry skin thank goodness, and never really needed to moisturise like this before ! As I have to moisturise and massage my arm every day because of the lymphoedema, I found the skin sort of ‘dragged’ and felt soggy, so this baby stuff is great, soaks in straightaway and is light...and the Aloe Vera is lovely after treatment. Nice and cool.

My last treatment was on Friday morningbut they’ve pushed the time back to 2pm , ah well..

 

Xx

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Ding ding ding, that's me done!  Yay!!

 

All the best to everyone still going or yet to start xx

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Thistledown...Thankyou for the well wishes i cant wait for it to be over on rads, my poor boob is starting to feel it now. I hope your sessions go quickly and your daily trips are no more. Hope your skin is holding up too. When do you finnish your rads??. I should of been finnished friday but ive got one last one to have tuesday because they are closed bank holiday, so its dragged it on a bit. Must say though had to really force myself to go this week. But we are a bit closer to ringing that bell....love and hugs to all xxx

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Lucaboo, hope these last few days go swiftly for you, like you I shall be happy not to have to make this daily trek..I know it’s been pretty stressful as you’ve had a long distance to travel and early starts..my times have been all over the place but I’m lucky in that it’s not so far and I’ve been driven each day by hubby...even the car parking has been fairly stress free thank goodness ! (Not his favourite thing...) Yep, the machines are clinically scary and look like something out of a sci-fi movie, and occasionally I’ve lain there wishing they were indeed futuristic and were zapping me with nanobots to kill all nasties and regenerate new cells....🤓, but no, dream on...

The staff, though at this Unit, are not cold and clinical, - fair dos they have to operate this constantly moving conveyer belt of zapping folks, but I’ve watched them, - with wheelchair bound and frail elderlies, treating them with utmost care and compassion, and it made me feel pretty glad to have been treated there too. They are bothered, if you know what I mean, to do things for you, and not dismiss concerns. 

So far, skin is holding up,sorry to hear of other’s painful bits and hoping I get away with it 🤞-(my sort of painful area at the mo seems to be at the side under arm...) but am madly drinking water, slapping on cream, and fridge cooled Aloe gel...Polymem at the ready (thank you Helena for the tip, and looking forward to a nice loud Big Ben bell peal on here !)

Returning to a kind of normal still feels a very very long way off, though, and I’m so grateful that I can come on  here and be amongst others, yourselves, who know and understand this.

Hope that Chris and Annieapple and other recent finishers are happily taking it easy and enjoying not having this daily grind ! We will be joining them soon, Lucaboo..

xx 

 

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Niknak- my poor nip took the brunt of boosters. It was literally red raw and a scab developed but somehow it wasnt weeping at all.
Anyway, i just got some lanolin cream and wore breast feeding pads for a week or so and everything cleared up in a week.
6 weeks after rads and i still moisturise and use Bio-oil and my skin is as soft as a babies bottom!!
Im fascinated at how well everything has healed. I also put it down to drinking as much water as i can.

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Just scanned the more recent replies on this thread - Camilla I'm sorry to hear you are suffering badly too - hope you've managed to have a nice weekend.

No bell to ring in Guildford either...

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ok thanks Helena x

it's all pretty hideous, eh!

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Niknak

 

Give your rads team a call and get their advise. When my skin started to break down and my nipple was very sore they gave me polymem dressings which you should be able to get a prescription from your gp, however check with them first.

 

Helena xx

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I finished my sessions last Fri (10th) and suffered some very sore skin underneath and into my armpit, but luckily that has recovered quite quickly. However, the large egg-sized patch from my booster sessions is red raw and weeping in patches - every time I get undressed I take another layer of skin off. I am using Medihoney and Intrasite - I've even tried Sudocrem - not sure whether to put a dressing on it or if that will make it worse! Any tips or suggestions?? TIA

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**Sorry meant lumping the bell on someone head lol...bad typo***

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Mcnulcc Chris...ahh thanks youve been though more than me though and i commend you. You have helped me so much these last few weeks..honestly you will never know how much. I think everyone is just tired and emotional i think the way im going i wont be ringing that bell i'll be lumping in someones head... my mind seems to be lacking in empathy at the mo lol...i keep looking at the clock wherever u am so i can get t bed and get another rads over god awful, as you well know.
I see someone said it was your 60th birthday im not sure when its is ..but the happiest of birthdays...to the loveliest lady who saved my sanity....love and hugs xxxxx
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Lucaboo. _ Sue you have to ring that bell but expect the emotions to come out like a tsunami. I really didn't want to ring it like you I just wanted to run out and not look backwards but my husband insisted... and whilst I did blubber like mad it was really weird because I felt like a weight had been lifted off my chest. We all know journey isn't over but it's a significant milestone reached and should be marked so if you can try and ring it. If you don't l will have to ring my door bell for you.!! Not long to go you have been so brave and put up with a lot. Will text you in the morning xx
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Morning all you lovely ladies...i hope all your treatment is going well. I am on my last week of rads, not too bad, ive had a couple meltdowns but eventually got through.

I have to say though ive hated it and i know some people have said they miss the hussle of hospital appointments after its all finnished, but for me personally i cant wait. I am willing myself to get through this last week of cold clinical machines and text book staff and get myelf back into some sort of normal. 

It always upstages me every single morning i have to go, my appointments are early morn so it takes me all night to calm down before i go.

So ive got my calender up ready to cross off each day.im not sure ill be ringing the bell, i can think of another gesture id rather be doing on my way out from Cancer treatment.

 

Anyway, lovelies have a lovely weekend what left of it hugs and love to all xxxxx

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Well done Chris xxxxxx
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Thistledown

 

Well we will make up for it on here for you xxx

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Chris

 

Well these bells will by the envy of St Pauls I think, congratulations on finishing rads.

 

Sending you hugs

 

Helena xxx

 

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Hope you are doing something nice to celebrate xx

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15/20 treatments completed - yay! Well done to all of you that have finished or our still in treatment xxx keep strong xx am amazed and proud of you all xxx
Have a good weekend xxx
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I'm ringing the bell for you,another marker along the way of this rocky, unchosen road.
Good luck for the future.
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Well to Chris. Enjoy the no hospital trips and have a fab weekend being just you. X
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Yay, Chris ...well done...

 

Go and enjoy yourself, and be yourself too.

 

It’s the last week for me on Monday, no bell to ring in our unit sadly...