• Counting down

    Asked by little_fut on Monday, April 8, 2013

    Counting down

    Only 2 more days til I get my first chemo treatment. YAY! It has been a tortuous, excruciatingly irritating, couple of months which I couldn't imagine me being this calm right now wthout the "WHATNEXT-ers" being there to advise, comfort and just being there, when I needed ANYTHING.. I know with this treatment begining it just means Butt kicking time.....! I can and will kick cancer's butt!! Thakx to all. God bless.

    26 Answers from the Community

    26 answers
    • Tallgrass69's Avatar
      Tallgrass69

      U can do it take a jacket and sme thing to read. for me I took my laptop and peanuts. u can do it u can do it.

      almost 4 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar
      SueRae1

      Yep take a jacket, you can get pretty cold sitting around there getting infused. I like to get up and walk around every once in awhile, and my treatment center was great about it. Take snacks, and drinks, and you might even want to take lunch. In addition to snacks and tea I took my Kindle, crocheting, iPod and assorted Junkie mags & the NY Times.

      When I was first diagnosed with cancer I was told you tell who the regulars were because they came with insulated bags of food and lots of stuff to while away the time. You need to wait so much. For you wait to register, then you wait for the blood, some more time goes by for the results to come in and then you're called. But guess what they give you your pre-meds but many times you have to wait for the cancer meds to come from the pharmacy. They try to time it so that the drugs arrive before or just after the pre-treatment administration is done.

      Good Luck Wednesday.

      almost 4 years ago
    • leepenn's Avatar
      leepenn

      Consider GLUTAMINE powder as a supplement - ask your team about it - shown to reduce nueropathy and other side effects in clinical trial without compromising the effectiveness of chemo...

      I've written a piece on chemo... just maybe you'll find this useful...
      http://rleepenn.wordpress.com/2012/02/11/tips-for-surviving-chemotherapy/

      And ... yeah - things seem to just feel better once the ball gets rolling.

      I wish you maximal effectiveness with minimal side effects!

      almost 4 years ago
    • leepenn's Avatar
      leepenn

      ps - that profile pic is ridiculously adorable.... ridiculously adorable!!!!! is that your kitty?

      almost 4 years ago
    • bbay65's Avatar
      bbay65

      Love your attitude. The cancer doesn't stand a chance. I haven't had to endure long treatment visits yet. But when I do, I will have to take up a new hobby. Good luck.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Ydnar2xer's Avatar
      Ydnar2xer

      Good luck to you! Somebody told me that it takes forever to be half-way through your chemo plan, then at the half-way point, it FLYS BY! That was true in my case, so hang in there & keep us posted.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Kathy's Avatar
      Kathy

      Good luck!! It will feel good to get some of this behind you!! Be I'm touch and feel free to ask us anything!

      almost 4 years ago
    • Kqeen1958's Avatar
      Kqeen1958

      I have no experience to tell yet because I start chemo April 18th. Please keep us updated. Good luck and may the side effects be few. XXX Cancer!!

      almost 4 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar
      karen1956

      you will get through it like a champ....its one day at a time, but its doable....Eat whatever taste good to you....rest when you need to....walk even if its just for 2 minutes!!! take all your pre-meds and any anti-nausea meds.....keep us posted :)

      almost 4 years ago
    • Lirasgirl33's Avatar
      Lirasgirl33

      You can do this! :) Kick it's butt! Hugs. And yes I agree, take anything that comforts, relaxes, or entertains you. Hugs.

      almost 4 years ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar
      BuckeyeShelby

      I always took a pile of books, my warm fuzzy blankie, snacks, juice, the big plastic water cup I got from the hospital and lunch (as I was in there for about 6 hours). Sounds like you have a great attitude. If you get weird side effects, call your oncologist. If you get scared, post, post post! We'll be here! Go get 'em!! : )

      almost 4 years ago
    • Gabba's Avatar
      Gabba

      Love your attitude! I feel certain you are about to kick some serious butt! Good luck, keep us updated. God bless!

      almost 4 years ago
    • princess123's Avatar
      princess123

      It is boring setting there like Tallgrass69 and sue Rae1 said. Take something to snack on, drink and either sleep or read or whatever. I'm leaving now for my treatment with a bottle of water and bag of Flip Sides.:)

      almost 4 years ago
    • pll's Avatar
      pll

      all the suggestions are good about taking something to occupy your time. No one has addressed driving, so I will. I had someone drive me the first time as I'd heard stories about not being able to afterwards. I felt like I had to 'entertain' my driver during the treatment. That made me uncomfortable. I could have driven myself. Second treatment, I had someone on 'standy-by' to call in case I couldn't drive home. I did drive home. 3rd through 6th treatments, I drove myself to & from. Great attitude about chemo! I was stage IIA in 1994 (two or three involved lymph nodes) and I'm still rocking and rolling!

      almost 4 years ago
    • Baldredhead's Avatar
      Baldredhead

      GO, LITTLE_FUT! You can SO do this! I just finished my last treatment, and I cannot wait until you get to stand here with me! It will happen before you know it!

      almost 4 years ago
    • Snooks' Avatar
      Snooks

      There are so many people right now in your life that are going to want to "help" you with their suggestions. Take them into consideration, but decide what's best for you and proceed. My first oncologist advised me to stay away from my daughter (who is a teacher) and my grandchildren who at the time were 2 and 4 because of my delicate immune system. Well, that was not going to happen! I took precautions such as wearing a mask when they were present. In fact I gave each one of them a mask so we would all look alike. They loved it! Attitude is also a personal thing. It sounds like your attitude is in the right place. Yes, we can beat cancer and I hope we all live long enough to see it eradicated. Good Luck & God Bless

      almost 4 years ago
    • derbygirl's Avatar
      derbygirl

      Good luck. You can do this. Take something to keep you warm, I suggest you buy a snuggie because they really keep you warm. I have one and I love it. Take care.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Bug's Avatar
      Bug

      Oh, the best of luck to you, little_fut. You can do this - really. I'll be thinking of you. Please let us know how it goes.

      almost 4 years ago
    • julesangel's Avatar
      julesangel

      hope all went well with ur first treatment.LET US KNOW WAT CHEMO U ARE RECEIVING AND HOW U ARE FEELING.IF U NEED ANY THING LET ME KNOW ,MAYBE I CAN GIVE U SOME GOOD TIPS AS TO HOW TO HANDLE CERTAIN SIDE EFFECTS. U CAN CONTACT ME HERE OR BY EMAIL [email redacted].....good luck

      almost 4 years ago
    • julesangel's Avatar
      julesangel

      by the way i have stage 4 breast cancer that has spread to the liver....i feel like im on a roller coaster.....one time i go the chemo is working the next time i go its not.....ive been on several different chemos and pills.....its an experience i will never forget but i still get up everymorning and go to work....work seven days a week sick or not .Although i do take days off when needed. well i guess i have rambled on enough have to get back to work......good luck to u little_fut and good luck to all out thre god bless and stay strong.

      almost 4 years ago
    • SandiD's Avatar
      SandiD

      Having cancer means learning to wait! Good luck to you!

      almost 4 years ago
    • MarnieC's Avatar
      MarnieC

      I agree with Leepenn - her article is very helpful advice. I also wrote one about glutamine and how it helps when going through chemotherapy: http://marnieclark.com/the-special-role-of-glutamine-for-cancer-patients/ You are going to stomp all over this! Sending hugs from Denver.

      almost 4 years ago
    • carolanne's Avatar
      carolanne

      If I can do this you can! I have had 2 treatments so far and I loaded up with books, magazines, water, food, and a warm blanket my daughter made me. The day was very long, but the best part was they gave me benadryl and zantac to counteract any allergic reaction and I slept through the whole first treatment....I barely had time to eat half of my lunch I brought before I fell asleep. If you are bringing someone with you for support, they have the hardest time. My husband didn't have the comfy heated recliner to sleep in like I did. He had a very uncomfortable chair and it was a very long day for him watching his wife get chemo. Make sure they bring something to keep them occupied and tell them to dress warm. It's a very long day. Also, make sure you take all the meds they give you to take after. Good luck and I'll be waiting to hear how you did.

      almost 4 years ago
    • debco148's Avatar
      debco148

      You are doing great little fut.. we are here for you! You are so smart to be saying "bring it on".. because each step in this journey is just one step closer to putting this phase behind you! If someone told me that a year ago I'd don't know if I would have believed it. A year ago today, I was looking at starting chemo in May.. then did rads in Sep/Oct and now... hair is growing back, have 2 good 3month check ups with oncologist, check ups with surgeons, scar tissue removed and feel pretty darn good...so it will happen for you as well. I applaud you! God Bless xxoo

      almost 4 years ago
    • MarianneT's Avatar
      MarianneT

      Cheers to you for such an awesome attitude! Your attitude will help keep you strong through it all. You will do great! God bless you and I will be thinking of you!

      almost 4 years ago
    • Gabba's Avatar
      Gabba

      Pray that all went well today and that you will be home soon and surrounded by love and concern.
      God bless!

      almost 4 years ago

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