Hello Carol! As all of the others have said, welcome to our board but I also am sorry that you had to find us.
You expressed how we all felt once diagnosed w/ bc. The domino effect. It seems that everything happens in a hurry and you have no control or time to think. As for the chemo, the anticipation is much worse than the treatment. You hear and read about all of the possible side effects and it scares the heck out of you. But, you will find that there are meds for about any problem that you might encounter. You might ask your onco if he/she will give you a prescription for the antinaseau meds before your first treatment. Sometimes they will tell you to begin them 24-48 hrs ahead of time. I also was never threw up. I was tired and had to learn to listen to my body and rest when it told me to. You may find that the first night after treatment you may not sleep. This will be caused from some of the steriods that they give you to help counteract some of the common side effects of the chemo. I was usually awake for about 24 hrs. Got lots of housework done. lol
Laughter is a very important part of staying well. Watch comedies and movies that make you laugh. You will be able to laugh about losing your hair and probably about having the mastectomy at some point. It also helps you keep a positive attitude. But don't be afraid to yell and scream and cry. I agree w/ Jo-Ann about the hair. Have it buzzed as soon as it starts falling out. You might want to contact your ACS or beautician and see about a wig before this happens. (usually 7-10 days after your first treatment.) Insurance sometimes will cover the cost of a wig if you use the words "cranial prothesis". Also, remember you can have fun w/ the wigs. If you ever wanted to be a red head or a blond, now is the time!
Please post here anytime. There are so many ladies that will be here to support you. We even have our very own pink airplane!
Hugs...Deb from Missouri, age 55
Hi and Thanks to ALL of you for your replies and kind words of hope. It has helped me, to realize I do have some where I can go to talk to some one who has been where I am. Even my daughter posted. She worries about me, since she has seen me suffer with Crohns for so many years.
I am scheduled to have a port done Fri. Have had them done before from having Crohns, since I only have one vein that works any more. My chemo treatment is going to be Adriamycin, Cytoxan, Taxol, and Herceptin. Then radiation. All this over a years time. However, you all have made me less anxious about it. My biggest concern was the throwing up,since I have done so much of that w/Crohns. I have an ileostomy as well, and being sick to the point of throwing up is very painful for me, as it puts so much pressure on the gut. I do take phenergan for this though.
Since being diagnosed with bc, docs have literally run me to death, with test and so on, to prepare me for the surgery, and now the chemo. My surg was done on Sept.19th, so you can see how fast it is happening. I feel sometimes that i don't even have time to think. I have already had my hair cut shorter, and bought me a Fedora, LOL. It looks terrible, but I will adjust. I will also check out the wig. I have always kept the verse from the Bible in my head, that God won't put more upon us than we can take, and have gotten thru many things. Just keep me in your prayers, as I will all of you. Thanks again, and God Bless. Hugs to you all Carol