Hello Leah! Welcome to our group. I am sorry that you have had to join us but let me assure you that you have found a wonderful, supportive, caring and fun group of women that know exactly how you are feeling.
I know that you are frightened about starting chemo and not knowing what to expect. Each of us has felt the very same way. You will have some side effects but there are meds that your onco can prescribe for you that will offset these. You might call your onco office and ask if he/she would call in those prescriptions before you have your chemo. This way, you will have them on hand and won't have to worry about going to the pharmacy. I can tell you that the treatment isn't nearly as bad as the waiting and not knowing.
My hair started fallling out about 7 days after my first treatment. My sil was my beautician so she just kept cutting it shorter. I finally had her buzz it because it was driving me nuts having hair everywhere. (I don't even have dogs that shed) You might want to visit your beautician so that she can help you get a wig before your hair falls out. Also, you can contact either your local ACS or the SW at your hospital or onco office. They usually have wigs at no cost. My dd and granddaughters lived w/ me when I began my treatments. My granddaughter was 6. The day I had my head shaved, I showed her. Her comment was "Nana, it's not bad. Just wear your ballhat when my friends come over". As someone said, your hair will grow back once your treatments are completed. If you have curly hair now, most likely it will come back straight. One plus...you won't have to shave your legs or under your arms! :)
One of the most important things is to keep a sense of humor. Watch movies that make you laugh or your fav tv shows that are funny. Laughter is a great healer.
You might feel a little sick and tired the day of your treatment and a couple of days afterwards. You can let your friends help you by bringing in meals for your family or cook up some thing ahead of time that you can freeze. Remember, the most important thing right now is to take care of YOU. Something that we find very difficult to do. Don't be afraid to ask for help.
Come here and let us help you.
Hi and welcome! Sorry you are going through this now, but we'll help you when we can. We're a pretty good group to hang with!
Chemo impacts us all differently. Some people can get quite ill from it, and others never miss a beat. You'll likely be somewhere in between. Of 50 side effects, you may get 6, whereas I had another 7 and the next gal gets a different set. No one can tell you what will happen, except hair loss...
For me, I was 31 with no kids doing chemo (6 1/2 yrs ago!) and I was very lucky. I worked through most of it. I never felt sick, just sometimes felt slow or tired. The pre-meds are pretty sophisticated, and if you get sick, tell the doctor to alter the meds. There is no need to tough it out without trying other options. Remember to eat light after chemo. I thought that meant a salad or chicken...it really means clear soup and toast! LOL. Some things you learn the hard way...
I did chemo on Tuesday and took off work Wed., but did a couple hours from home. Thurs and Fri I went in half days. The chemo made me sleep, but the weeks in between is when I got introduced to ambien. Chemo can wreak havoc with sleep, but ambien is my friend till this day. Just don't be afraid to ask for meds if you need them or help if you need it too. Don't assume you'll be too sick to care for your kids, but prepare for it just in case.
In my time, I found each of 4 chemo cycles to be identical. I could set my watch,...5:00 on Friday started acid reflux. Thursday morning my voice faded. Thursday night my taste buds went wacky, by Tuesday they recovered. Things like that.
Let people help you if they offer...that was very hard for me, but necessary.
The hair loss is traumatic, no way to dance around it. DOn't let people upset you when they say "oh, it will grow back." It WILL, but I hated when they said that, it did not acknowledge the trauma of the moment. I cried for 2 days, but I had it shaved off. I needed to be in control and would not let chemo take my hair, I took it. It was my way to dictate the disease. Once the hair was gone, it was no big deal, but I did look jealously at those with great hair! I finished chemo in April and shed my wig by July, about 6-7 weeks after the last one. It was super short and had a little curl starting, just mousse and go!
Hang in there, and keep us close!
Thank you to all of you who answered my post. Your thoughts and your wisdom mean so much.
Sandy: Yes I did have test before, I had blood work, cat scan, bone scan and muga scan on my heart to make sure it was strong enough for chemo. My oncol. said all those test are normal for someone who is to begin chemo.