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janismarie
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   Posted 5/21/2005 9:09 PM (GMT -7)   
I've had 3 so far and have only 30 more to go!!  They took all these measurements and marked me up in bright purple neon paint and then marked certain places with clear tape. Guess what?  I am allergic to the tape and now might have to be tatooed. Has anyone had this done?  I've always wanted to get a tatoo, but this is not what I was thinking about.  Anyway, I
am on my way.  I will also be taking Arimidex. Anyone else taking this drug?  Any side effects?
 
Thanks with many love and hugs to you all.
Janis


MNlady13
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   Posted 5/21/2005 9:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Janis, I have two tiny blue tatoo dots that were used to line up the machine.  No bid deal. I have forgotten all about them. Just take it easy during radiation. Take off bra as soon as you are home and wear a soft loose t shirt. Take extra good care of your skin. 100% Aloe Vera, Aquaphor and other ointments recommended by your radiologist will help. DO NOT use something without checking with the radiologist first. I divided my rad treatments into segments and ticked them off as I went. It made the time go more quickly. This is just about the time I was doing it 9 years ago. Where has the time gone??? Good luck. Hugs, Lauri
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   Posted 5/22/2005 8:11 AM (GMT -7)   
I did not have rads so can not add anything but my wishes for you to have an easy time and that the radiation will do a great job doing away with any little cells that might be lurking. Hugs Mary K.


debbiR
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   Posted 5/22/2005 9:56 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Janis! Hey, isn't it the pits to be allergic to tape? I have the same problem. There is a non-allergenic tape that they can use. Be sure and tell your onco and pp that you have had this reaction so they can note your charts.

I had 36 radiation treatments. Things got a "little hot" about halfway thru. I used some gel packs that I got from the rad onco. They were wonderful. You put them in the fridg. They get nice and cold and pull the heat right out! I use the aloe sprays and creams also. Be careful and not have shirts that have seams rubbing against you. Mens t-shirts (sleevless ones) are great to sleep in or weat under a blouse or top. Also, keep a close eye on your skin for any blistering. The time will fly by and you will be finished before you know it.

Deb


 


grammy
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   Posted 5/22/2005 4:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Janis,
You will be done with rads before you know it. I have been taking Armidex for 8 months now and I really have not noticed any side affects. I also have crohns and take a lot of meds for that and it is sometimes hard mixing all these drugs but the only thing I had trouble with was nausea and I started taking it at night before bed and that took care of that problem. I wish you well with your rads and hope all goes well for you on the Armidex.
Donna

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   Posted 5/22/2005 4:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Janis, the time will fly, and you will hardly believe it soon when you are done!

I had the tattoos, they never offered me any other options. I had a green paint pen to mark the area for the boost at the end, but have 4 teeny blackish dots. One is right between my breasts and if I wear something low cut, it is visible. I don't care, it looks like a freckle. 2 are on my sides and one is on the side of the breast, right next to a mole (wonder why they could not use the mole instead??). But if you have to get them, it is not a big deal at all....a tiny prick and that is it.

Good luck with this all! I found my breast got pink and tender, but my skin was soft and healthy, no blisters or any problems. I was able to wear my bras all the way through. 5 years later, my breast is still tender and I guess always will be, but the appearance is ok too.

Hang in there!
Lori


Tamaralynn59
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   Posted 5/22/2005 7:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Janis, my name is Tammy and I will be starting radiation in approx. 3 weeks. I'm really nervous about what to expect. I just finished chemo last week. I hope you do well. Maybe we can compare side effects sometime. I hope everyone is right and the time will go by fast for us. Hang in there and hopefully I'll talk to you soon.
Tamaralynn


janismarie
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   Posted 5/22/2005 8:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks everyone for your input.  Yes, Tammy, I'll let you know how it goes.  I am really fair skinned, so I guess I'll expect some burning and peeling.  I was given some gel to put on that I suppose I will start using next week.  I go at 8:15 in the morning and then go on to work.  I'm at work before 9:00, so everything is working out great, so far.  I was told I'll probably get tired in a couple of weeks, but I'm just going to keep going and try not to think about it.  I didn't have to have chemo, but I hope you are doing well.  Let's keep in touch.

Janis


undefeated
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   Posted 5/23/2005 8:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Janis, start using the gel now. I put aloe vera on after each session, and it was only the last boost that I had any discomfort under my arm, and that went away fast.

Someone else posted about comparing side effects. Other than MAYBE a burn, there might not be any side effects. I had none. I was so thrilled to be through chemo, that I don't think much could have bothered me. But try not to anticipate anything. You might just glide right through. Hope so anyway.

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   Posted 5/24/2005 12:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Janis and Tamaralynn,
 
I am just about to start rads myself, so we are all about at the same place.  I just finished chemo 4 weeks ago.  I got my tatoos today and am all marked up with permanent marker.  It would be great for the 3 of us to keep in touch during this experience.
 
L & H,
Kathy


janismarie
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   Posted 6/17/2005 8:11 PM (GMT -7)   

yeah  Hi everyone.  I have been doing great with my rads.  I only have about 11 more to go, then about  4 to 5 weeks of NOTHING and then Arimidex.  This week is the only week I have started to feel the results of radiation.  I am turning a pale pink and have little bumps, like sun poisoning, on my chest (cleavage).  I see my Radilogist (Dr) every Monday and he says that is sometimes a a side effect.  I use the Aloe gel every morning right after the rads and then at night when I get home. Today was the first day that the fatigue hit me.  I just felt so tired and decided to leave work about 3:30.....It wasn't too bad and even did some housework when I got home.  The nurses tell me to give in to it and rest when I feel like I need to, but if I lay down when I get home, I won't get back up !!!  Anyway, just wanted to tell everyone doing rads or getting ready, they really aren't too bad, except for this darn itching on my chest.  I, too, have met some great and interesting people.  I am the youngest at 58 and all of the men have prostate cancer and out of the 4 women I see, 2 have lung cancer and the rest of us have breast cancer.............All of the girls had a makeup session Wednesday night and it was mainly for those on Chemo, but the nurses wanted me to attend........You wouldn't believe all the makeup I got........$150.00 worth of Mac, Bobby Brown, Revlon, Clinique........etc.  I had the best time.

If anyone has any questions about rads, feel free to ask me.

 


Janis


tking
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   Posted 6/17/2005 10:50 PM (GMT -7)   

I'm glad things are going much better for you.  Keep up the good attitude - that's half of the battle right there!!! 

Praying for you as you complete this. 

 

 


Teresa King

Jeremiah 29:11 - "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

(NIV)


debbiR
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   Posted 6/18/2005 12:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Janis, congrats! Only 11 more to go. See, the time really does go by quickly. That is fantastic that you are doing so well. Please listen to what the nurses tell you about resting when you feel tired. Remember, your body is experiencing some very strange things right now and it needs rest in order for you to continue to heal and recuperate. So what if you go to bed and end up sleeping until the next morning? Will someone beat you with a wet noodle? Nah! Your body is doing its job in fighting the cancer and it is up to you to do your part by resting. Hey, not a bad exchange if you ask me. Glad that you have met some friends. Nice to be the "young kid" isn't it? The makeup sounds great.
 
Keep an eye on your skin and listen to your body!
 
Hugs...Deb
 


babyseeester
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   Posted 6/18/2005 2:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Janis,
 
I've just completed 10 complete rads treatments and so far, no side effects.  I really like my rads tech.  I was dreading having to go every day, since it's somewhat far from work, but he and his assistants have made it a pleasure.  I have fair skin, so I'm sure I will eventually have some redness.  I've been using aloe gel to help before anything starts to get red.  We're in this together!
 
L & H,
Kathy


JUJU8872
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   Posted 6/18/2005 2:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello, Janis, I am on my 11th weekly Placitaxel, after 4 A/C and a mastectomy in December. Any tips on how to handle family members who call "the cancer patient" daily with stupid questions. They are finally getting on my nerves. I live alone and take myself to all treatments. Is there a book I can buy for members of my family that will help them be more sensitive to my feelings.
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