Chemo followed by Radiation - Lirasgirl33

Drug or Chemo Therapy Associated with Adenocarcinoma, Cervical Cancer. Posted on March 20, 2012 View this journey (173 Experiences)

3/19/12- No major side effects....other than what seemed like endless trips to the BR during chemo. I seriously felt like I had the bladder of a pigeon. My sister was kind enough to stop by to bring me lunch and a second time with a snack. Radiation was quick and by 6:30 ish I was home. Yay. :) Not before stopping first to pick up some Tutti Frutti frozen yogurt w/lots of fruit on top. My best friend treated me to this little treat. At home my other best friend waited for me with a yummy salad from Firewood Grill. Yummy! :) I had that plus some left over fettuccine for dinner.

So far into my treatment I've had some change in appetite but I've been able to cope with the changes by eating what my body can take. Fruit is my best friend. Even when feeling slightly queasy I can always eat fresh strawberries, grapes, watermelon, apples, etc. I've also started adding cottage cheese for added protein. No bad side effects from that so far. Nutritional shakes have been used but not so often. I'm eating well and even healthier that before. Hopefully not too much changes but only time will tell. I'm trying to stay positive and know that my nutrition is very important during this whole process and I'm willing to do whatever it takes to get through it. Of course with God's help, always.

Easy to Do: Agree
Minimal Side Effects: Agree
Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
4 Comments
  • dpecky's Avatar
    dpecky

    I know the feeling of those non-stop trips to the bathroom. Every time I went, I kinked the IV and started the dang thing beeping. I think it's great that you are able to eat healthy, my Dr. put me on a low residue diet while I was going thru radiation. No fresh veggies, fruit, chocolate, caffeine, spicy food, nuts, whole grains - but now that it is over, I can go back to eating what I like. I did find that some of the things I ate right before chemo made me sick just thinking of them a few days after. Even now, after two treatments under my belt, I cannot even think of parmesan (sp?) cheese without getting queasy. Staying positive is the best! you'll get through this.

    over 8 years ago
  • Lirasgirl33's Avatar
    Lirasgirl33

    Why no fruits or veggies? If I may ask. Yeah I cringe at the thought of eggs and their smell. My room is also closest to the kitchen so anytime anyone cooks the smells just seem to hover over to me. I now keep my door closed if any cooking is going on. :) The docs have given me four different types of anti nausea meds so I take them. They've helped out a lot because my nausea is very minimal and manageable. Thank you for the good wishes. I am definitely looking forward to finishing treatments. Are you back to work? I'm on disability right now.

    over 8 years ago
  • dpecky's Avatar
    dpecky

    No fresh veggies or any fruit besides bananas or melons because of the fiber content - the diet minimizes the stress on your bowels to offset the diarrhea from the radiation. Now that radiation is over, I can eat whatever I want, which makes me happy happy because I like food. I have anti-nausea meds, and they do help, but some things just make me sick even with them. I have been working through treatment as much as I can, I have to take three or four days when I have chemo, but it is only once every 21 days. Radiation was daily, but they scheduled it at 7 am, so I could go to work right after. I'm tired, but I have to keep my job so I can keep my insurance. I do have FMLA so I don't have to worry about losing my job. Fortunately, I've only about 2.5 months to go.

    over 8 years ago
  • Lirasgirl33's Avatar
    Lirasgirl33

    Oh I understand now. Yeah I was on the opposite side of your side effects if you know what I mean. :) So I was recommended more fiber...even prune juice...yuck! LOL :) Yeah my FMLA runs out in May so I have to be back by then. I had to take FMLA since the radical histerectomy so I'm hoping by week eight of my treatments I can go back to work. We'll have to see.

    over 8 years ago

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