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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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    • NancyE's Avatar
      NancyE

      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
      Reginald

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

      over 9 years ago
    • TubThumping's Avatar
      TubThumping

      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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