Reaction to chemo..loss of breath??

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   Posted 8/9/2005 4:48 PM (GMT -6)   
When I was waiting to get my rad today, there was a lady talking to another one and said while she was doing chemo at one time she started to have a hard time breathing. I don't know what kind of cancer she has. I guess it was an allergic reaction. I heard this other lady who I saw there yesterday and I think she is being treated for ovarian cancer and she said the kind of chemo she was going to get should only make her hair thin out. But she also said she was going to have to do more chemo later but didn't know if it would be one that would cause her o lose her hair.
From what I've been reading from you ladies, it looks like we get similar chemo, which will make our hair fall out sad .
I'm still having a hard time swallowing that one and I can't imagine what it's going to be like when the 1st clump comes out. I'm sure I will cry like a baby and not even go to work. sad

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   Posted 8/9/2005 6:41 PM (GMT -6)   
I had Taxotere.  I had to take cortesteroids to alleviate allergic reaction but still had trouble with swelling in feet and legs and a "full" feeling kind of breathless.  Sometimes worse than others. It's not a good feeling...  As to losing the hair, it's really traumatic but you do learn to deal with it.  Go ahead and cry - it's okay to be upset but remember you're going thru this to get better and it's been done before by others.  We have survived and you will too.  I cried and whined (have to tell the truth) about my hair but even my onc didn't know I had on a wig until I told him...You'll learn to put it in perspective when you can.

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."


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   Posted 8/9/2005 9:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, the hair loss is traumatic, but it's only temporary.  Remember that!  I think my husband had a harder time seeing it fall out than I did.  There were many people who didn't know I was wearing a wig.  I actually looked pretty cute.  I had my hair dresser trim a little on top, because it was too full.  I used a gel on it, so it looked natural - kind of messy.  It is a human hair wig.  When I stopped wearing the wig, some people commented on how I 'cut' my hair!  LOL  You can do this!!!  Just think of how much cuter it will be when it grows back!
L & H,

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   Posted 8/11/2005 9:40 AM (GMT -6)   
I did not have chemo so I have not had first hand experience, but from what I have heard here and from those I have seen without hair, many have worn their baldness with pride. Did you happen to see Melissa Everidge on TV when she sang at the awards show? She was absolutely beautiful bald. So were every one of the women I have met from this board beautiful! I know it is frightening to think about and when it first happens I know it really hurts and makes you sad. But once you get that emotion out and realize the chemo is to rid your body of those cancer cells, you have a glow and can be proud of yourself handling this. Hugs MK

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   Posted 8/11/2005 4:33 PM (GMT -6)   
I did see Melissa. I think I saw her interviewed by someone after that and she talked about her cancer. I know my hair will growm back. sad
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