• I would appreciate knowing people's reactions to chemo. I will begin chemo with A and Cytoxan in 2 weeks.

    Asked by papayagirl on Saturday, February 18, 2012

    I would appreciate knowing people's reactions to chemo. I will begin chemo with A and Cytoxan in 2 weeks.

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    • papayagirl's Avatar
      papayagirl

      Thank you Sofarsogood and Geekster for the good information and descriptions of your experiences. It helps to know other people's experience even though I know mine will be unique to me. You both gave me hope about maybe it won't be as bad as I anticipate. I'm trying to stay focused on the next procedure...for me it is putting in the port...rather than look too far ahead. It helps keep my anxiety down. Last night was not so good. I woke up every hour on the hour and had trouble shutting off my mind. This is the first time my sleep has been affected so I'm hoping it is an exception.
      After reading the posts of many I have a much better idea of the possible reactions. Thank you again.
      Papayagirl

      about 2 years ago
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      dollyrose

      What great informative answers you have received. I found fatigue to be a major factor which required a lot of rest. I could tell by my shallow breathing that I needed to stop and rest. I hope you will be able to do that when you need it and be active when you are feeling stronger. I would also add some advice about your diet. Stick with their advised foods. I survived on cream of wheat or oatmeal, boost, chicken noodle soup, mashed potatoes, applesauce, V-8 veg-juice drinks, cooked or canned fruits or vegetables and some chicken. Most foods were not appealing but when I broke the code (2 times), I got an immediate pay back which required a lot of Preparation H. Best wishes and let your doctors/nurses know what is happening because they can help by adjusting your meds.

      about 2 years ago
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      papayagirl

      Thank you, Rosefeeney, for your advice re diet and meds and especially for telling me the specific foods that went down. Did your Dr tell you about a diet. Mine has not said anything except that food probably won't taste good. I'll ask her about this. I have heard from others about the fatigue. Thanks for your input.

      about 2 years ago

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