25-10-2018 10:42 PM
Lovely to hear from you Lilacmoon and that you are doing well, I am getting a bit apprehensive about the rads but sure I will be fine when the first one is over with. my sister has just rung the bell (she was diagnosed a month before me with DCIS )so has given me an in site as to what happens, I will take the advise to take painkillers beforehand after my back went into spasm during planning and couldn't get off the bed without help, hope that doesn't happen again. It is a bit daunting to think about having to make the journey 20 times but I suppose it will become routine after a while. Fezzy x
25-10-2018 09:10 PM
25-10-2018 01:03 PM
There is a form that you will need to complete, then the GP signs it, it then gets sent off and about a week later you will get your medical exemption card which is valid for 5 years, or up til you are 60 when you get free prescriptions anyway. I only had mine for 18 months as I was then 60 xx
25-10-2018 12:18 PM
hi Mavit don't know if this helps but I have been getting Aveeno from Morrison's its been on offer for a few weeks at half price still £4 but not too bad so I have been stocking up, don't know how long this offer is on for or if it's in every store. Fezzy x
25-10-2018 10:51 AM
25-10-2018 09:49 AM
just a thought are you going to be on hormone blocking tablets? If so you are entitled to free prescriptions for the time that you are taking them and that includes any other medications you might require during that time regardless if it is related to your bc or not. Perhaps you could get your GP to do a prescription for the Aveeno.
25-10-2018 09:47 AM
That is totally natural to have those worries, however I can assure you that with time it does get easier, I no longer go to sleep or wake up thinking about it. I am two years post surgery and nearly 20 months post rads.
That is a long journey to undertake each day, I can certainly understand why your team have suggested as they have. It might be a good idea to discuss this with your employer to see if there is any way that you can work from home or that your GP signs you off for the time that you are having the rads, but if you do remember if you do work from home you should only do your phased return hours even when you are at home
Sending you hugs
24-10-2018 09:14 PM
24-10-2018 09:09 PM
24-10-2018 08:16 PM
hi Sooty I am starting rads on 31st and have been using E45 or Aveeno which I will continue during rads, my sister who has just finished her rads (we were diagnosed within a month of each other) used Aloe Vera but not all radiologists advise this, but she was also given cream to use by the hospital. Best wishes Fezzy x
24-10-2018 06:59 PM
24-10-2018 06:21 PM
To be honest again it is fear of the unknown as with every stage of our treatment, but honestly once you get the first one over with, that tends to be the longest as they check all the measurements etc., that your oncologist has given them, it only takes about 15 mins from undressing to dressing.
I worked, albeit only 12 hours a week, throughout my rads and drove myself to all my appointments, but then it was only 6 miles each way so not that far.
Make sure you take in plenty of fluids every day as that will help with any potential dehydration effects from the rads and just listen to your body, it will tell you when you need to rest.
24-10-2018 03:49 PM