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I'm feeling anxious about Thursday's first chemo treatment. Any advice or hope?

Karen G Profile
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Stage 2A Patient about 7 years
 
  • Isabel Souchet Profile
    anónimo
    Sobreviviente desde 2010
    The unknown is probably the scariest part. The oncology nurses should explain everything step by step. Be sure to be hydrated. Most places have juices, crackers, tea etc available. Try to think of it as a step towards killing your cancer. I know everyone reacts differently, I had a rough time, but many others do fine. Good luck, keep us posted.
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  • Marianne R. Profile
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    Sobreviviente desde 2011
    My last chemo was about 1 1/2
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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anónimo
      Sobreviviente desde 2011

      Sorry... Years ago. Chemo is not fun but it is very doable. If you haven't already talk to the doctor about getting a port. It will make the journey much easier. I had mine put in the day before my first chemo. Keep yourself hydrated and talk...

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      Sorry... Years ago. Chemo is not fun but it is very doable. If you haven't already talk to the doctor about getting a port. It will make the journey much easier. I had mine put in the day before my first chemo. Keep yourself hydrated and talk to the doctor and nurses about side effects. The meds now really help. Losing your hair is the worst part. Shave, don't shave, wig, no wig is what everyone talks about but it still really really sucks. God Bless you on your journey

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    • Karen G Profile
      anónimo
      Stage 2A Paciente

      Thank you. I had the port put in during my last partial mastectomy surgery. They accessed it last Wednesday to flush it and take blood. It didn't want to work at first (very nerve racking) but eventually it did.

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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I hated every minute mine was in. It hurt and I could see it. I had it out 1 month and 1 day after my last infusian because my doctor asked me to wait a minth. With some hindsight it was a really good thing to have.

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  • Lisa W Profile
    anonymous
    Patient
    Hey Karen!!! I remember my 1st chemo like it was yesterday. I was so nervous, but my sister was me, ad she was there for every treatment after, the nurses were wonderful ad they explained everything! Pretty soon, its almost like family. You will be great!!! You got this sister in pink!!! Its okay too be nervous..pretty soon you will be the one comforting a "newbie" as ypu "her" walk through those doors. I met so many people..all were so helpful. So hang in there!! ;) my 1st chemo wad 4/6/12 and my last was 8/24/12. Its crazy...it all went by fast!! Really! Hugs from miles away!! ;)
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  • Denise Stinecipher Profile
    anónimo
    Aprendiendo sobre el cáncer de mama
    I too was worried about my first treatment, but it was nothing like I expected. It was actually really easy. I had mine on Thursday's, and I felt great Thursday and Friday. I slept a LOT on the weekend and felt good on Monday. I had 8 treatments over 4 months, and I worked the entire time. I only called in sick 3 times. Some people have a hard time, but a lot of people tolerate the treatments well. Do not go to your appointment fearful, go prayerful.
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  • vicki e Profile
    anónimo
    Stage 2B Paciente
    Everything about cancer is scary but remember that every treatment yo do is one step closer to being done. Hang in there. Keep us posted on how it goes. W all understand
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  • Karen G Profile
    anónimo
    Stage 2A Paciente
    Thanks, girls!
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  • Rita Jo Hayes Profile
    anónimo
    Sobreviviente desde 2009
    I tried to "be tough" first week. Had a lot of nausea. After that I took the prn nausea meds on a routine basis twice daily and had no more nausea, just tired. Important things are hydrate, stop and rest when your body says it needs it, stay positive and move forward. good
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    • Rita Jo Hayes Profile
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      Sobreviviente desde 2009

      Luck.

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  • Debra Cleveland Profile
    anónimo
    Stage 1 Paciente
    First treatment last Thurs. My dr gives anti-nausea drugs, so no nausea. So far tired, feel like I have the start of flu like symptoms as far as head congestion. Take sinus meds, other than that, so far, so good.
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  • laura  bailey Profile
    anónimo
    Aprendiendo sobre el cáncer de mama
    Best of luck on your first chemo,you can do it!
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    anónimo
    Stage 2A Paciente
    You will be find, I Had my 1st one Wednesday, And I have not been auxk
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    anónimo
    Stage 2A Paciente
    Sorry you will be find, I had my first one Wednesday and no sickness, It go so fast, But everybody is different, Praying for you and hope your treatments do good as mine did.
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  • leslie adkins Profile
    anónimo
    Aprendiendo sobre el cáncer de mama
    Just finished my 2nd. Otherthan horrible indigestion, it's going pretty good. Tired, etc but no nausea, etc
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    anónimo
    Stage 2A Paciente
    Thinking of u I will be there following week. Unknown is always nervy
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  • Linda Williams Profile
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    Stage 4 Paciente
    After my 1st I expected to get sick right away but it took 3 days, listen to the oncology nurses and ask questions at the first sign of nausea take your meds don't try to be tough and think you don't need them! Good luck, you'll do fine
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