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    How did you prepare for chemo?

    Asked by KarenG_WN on Thursday, September 29, 2011

    How did you prepare for chemo?

    Hi everybody! I've noticed through some questions that have been asked, as well as having read through some journeys, that there are a lot of people who are either going through chemo or are getting ready to go through chemo. What advice can you offer about how to prepare for chemo - emotionally? physically? practical issues (such as transportation needs?). Thanks!

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    • KarenG_WN's Avatar

      I'll start...

      1) Before my father-in-law started chemo, he was advised to take care of his dental needs prior to starting chemo.

      2) The American Cancer Society has a comprehensive section on chemotherapy and can be accessed here: http://bit.ly/ob1JWW

      3) Ice skater and cancer survivor Scott Hamilton has a terrific website all focused on chemo: http://bit.ly/qSpLTy It is focused on care during chemo and beyond, and it also has a section on preparing for chemo.

      I hope this gets the ball rolling. Would love to hear recommendations from others who have gone through this.

      Thank you!

      over 9 years ago
    • Clementine_P's Avatar

      I can't say I did anything really special to specifically prepare myself. My husband and I had planned a long weekend which coincidentally fell on the weekend before I started chemo so, even though I was just about 3-4 weeks out of surgery we went away and had lots of fun. I ate, drank and did touristy things for the three days. It was, for me a great thing to do. I felt I really enjoyed myself and was ready to start chemo.


      over 9 years ago
    • PhillieG's Avatar

      I was advised to do the same thing with taking care of any dental issues. I didn't do too much reading up on what to expect but I did a little bit. I didn't want to plant things in my head that may or may not happen but then again, I didn't want to be totally blind-sided either. I did not have a lot of time between diagnosis and the start of treatment so I didn't "do" anything special like take a trip.
      Then I just sort of took a deep breath and dove in taking it in 6 month increments. It was scary but worth it in the end. I did feel I was fortunate to have done chemo prior to surgery. I still had my strength and I think that made it a little bit easier.

      over 9 years ago
    • dhtdiver's Avatar

      I didn't have time to prepare for my first session. Got the full diagnosis & had a "pic" line installed within hours. Later, had a port installed. I was given a full & written description of the procedure so I kind of knew what to expect.

      We tool a "special" trip when the chemo & radiation treatments were over. My 1st chemo was in Oct 2009 & final radiation treatment was in March 2010.

      over 9 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I went and had all teeth problems fixed following Dr.'s suggestion, then I started eating everything in sight in preparation for the weight I knew I would loose. I gained about 15 # before I lost 45.

      over 9 years ago
    • NancyE's Avatar

      So funny - I cancelled a trip. :( Just wanted to get started! My diagnosis was diffuse large Bcell lymphoma and it was "fast growing" and scared me. The good news is it was fast shrinking too. :)

      Preparing for chemo I took the tour, picked out the best "chair", brought all the distractions I could (ipod, computer, book, magazines) - kind of like preparing for a long plane ride. Don't forget snacks that you would like -- :) Farmville Friends became my #1 friends during chemo! :)

      Then prepare to get poked (if you didn't get a port - like me) - that was a challenge too. And... it's ok to sleep, so bring your favorite slippers. :) I bought these awesome Smartwool boot - just for chemo. :)

      over 9 years ago
    • Reginald's Avatar

      Call me at[phone number redacted], I'll be more than happy to talk

      over 9 years ago
    • TubThumping's Avatar

      I didn't have a whole lot of time to really prepare. I was told chemo was in my future after I had been led to believe that my cancer didn't respond to chemo. I had a port installed, the oncologist provided a 'class' on what to expect during chemo. I didn't have time to have dental work.
      The biggest preparation I did - that I had control over - was to put a bag together with a knitted blanket made by my friends, my own knitting, slippers, snacks, computer and books. I took the bag with me everyday and all were jealous of my slippers and blanket!

      over 9 years ago

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