26-09-2018 10:32 PM
26-09-2018 09:45 PM
26-09-2018 07:46 AM
To add, I asked the nurse about the advice to drink loads of water, You may know this already but apparently when the treatment destroys the cells, the dead cells create toxins which then circulate around the body and this can contribute to the tiredness, so the more you drink the more dead cell toxins you get out of your body.
25-09-2018 07:32 PM
Yes, you said it - you can do this.
For me, attending rads is far less anxiety inducing compared to attending the dentist.
Maggie, lovely to hear your energy is returning.
Bibi - I am excited for you regarding your camera course.
Wombat woo - we have passed the half way mark
DamselGreen - Lovely to hear you're embracing the great outdoors. I have been researching woodland walks and I hope when I get physically stronger I can walk within the trees.
25-09-2018 07:01 PM
25-09-2018 06:58 PM
Ah Sue as others say you are allowed to feel like that - it’s the waiting every time that is hard - waiting for chemo, waiting for surgery, waiting for results, waiting for radiotherapy- once you have done the first one you will be able to cope better. The physical aspect of radiotherapy is much easier to bear than chemo for sure but it’s still mentally tough. I have done 7/20 and have been feeling fine but have just sat down and had a good cry and I don’t know why - it’s hard keeping going at times but hopefully you have the support of your family - and just tell them when you feel rubbish don’t always be ‘fine’ if you are not feeling it.
Having said all that I agree drink plenty, moisturise and get fresh air every day - that’s what has helped me. Good luck Sue xx
25-09-2018 06:43 PM
25-09-2018 06:15 PM
As ever, the prospect is always worse than the reality. It will be fine & as you say, once the first one is over you'll soon get into the routine of it all.
We've all had days feeling as you describe & it's just fine to feel the way you do.
It will pass.
25-09-2018 05:53 PM
25-09-2018 05:31 PM
Maggie good to hear you have some energy back and I hope you have a fabulous holiday - you deserve it after all this.
Green Damsel I agree it would be lovely to go for a swim but advice I think is not - can’t wait to go again - will probably wait for a couple of weeks after end of rads until sure the skin is OK. Walking up a hill is also something I am looking forward to - walking up a slight incline raises my heart rate and makes me a bit breathless - think it might be the drugs rather than rads but again going to keep walking and will discuss with my oncologist when I see him in October.
I had a lovely afternoon in garden sorting out plants. I also became a student again last night for the first time in a long time - signed up for a Photography course at local college - had a great camera for my birthday last year and was going to do this course earlier in year but with chemo didn’t think I was up to it - so I’m quite excited to be learning and feel like it’s a step to getting my life back.
Hope everyone has a good week
25-09-2018 04:23 PM
Thanks Maggie, I thought as much, skin is fine just now but who knows what may happen if it’s exposed to all those chemicals. I can wait a few more weeks and I’ll ask the nurses in case there is advice on waiting for a period of time after rads are finished, it just seemed to be a nice way to exercise without any impact and the plastic surgeon is ok with it, will just need to be patient.
25-09-2018 03:14 PM
Hi Green Damsel,
My rads team said no to swimming, until after skin has returned to normal after treatment, I'm guessing the puplic pools use pretty harsh stuff...
There is a separate thread running on swimming during rads, some people have been fine...
25-09-2018 02:56 PM
How glad am I that I did my walking yesterday, today we have strong winds and rain and it’s probably very “dreich” at the top of Ben Ledi today. It was a good day yesterday and I really enjoyed getting out in the fresh air and some exercise. A bit tired at the end of the day but no worse than any other time I’ve done the same walking route so I don’t think i’m seeing any side effects of rads yet.
Good luck with the gardening Bibi, I hope you’re having much kinder weather than me.
ps anyone gone swimming during rads, just wondering if it’s a no no due to the chemicals?
25-09-2018 02:34 PM
25-09-2018 10:42 AM
24-09-2018 10:13 AM
Good morning ladies.
Rads done first thing and thanks to a local holiday, traffic and parking were a breeze. Must admit I was still thinking about the loose ends of Bodyguard on the way in this morning and wondering if that lines up a second series. Thoroughly enjoyed it and glad they kept it to a relatively short series.
Anxious-soul I liked Keeping Faith too although got a bit annoyed at her and some of the very silly things she does whilst supposedly being a fairly intelligent woman.
Sun is out and I am now allowed to drive again so off on a little trip today to the hills for some walking and fresh air.
Hope everyone one had a good weekend and this week goes quickly.
24-09-2018 07:31 AM
Good morning everyone,
I didn't stay awake to watch the bodyguard, crashed at 8pm, catching up on iplayer - excited.
To distract myself over the weekend I was binge watching Keeping Faith on iplayer, really enjoying this.
I have two appointments today, physiotherapy followed by rads - I am guessing I will be shown different arm exercises to do.
On Friday during rads the staff were playing a Fleetwood Mac CD. I caught myself singing over the weekend to one of their songs....For me, a good moment if you know what I mean.
Maggie, how are you feeling after ringing those bells?
All the the best to those heading into treatment. X