• My doctors have said I am going to be hit pretty hard with Chemo/Radiation. I don't know what to expect. I start on Sept 10th.

    Asked by journeyspath on Friday, August 31, 2012

    My doctors have said I am going to be hit pretty hard with Chemo/Radiation. I don't know what to expect. I start on Sept 10th.

    I will have 6 weeks of intense chemo/radiation. I live alone with my pets. I'm scared to death. Does anyone have any advice? I've read some of the posts and I'm even more afraid. Chemo brain?!! I've never heard of that! I had hoped to work through most of it but they tell me that is extremely unlikely. I don't know how to prepare for this.

    3 Answers from the Community

    • Valentinegirl's Avatar

      When your doctors told you that you would be "hit pretty hard," did they mean that they'll be using aggressive treatment or that they expect that you will experience severe side effects? Unfortunately, no one can predict how one responds to chemo. There are many side effects, but that doesn't mean that you will have all (or any) of them. I have been very lucky in that except for hair loss, I have not had any chemo effects. Certainly not everyone is that fortunate, but please know that it may be possible to continue to live your life as "normal" during treatment. I believe that it is most important to take care of yourself, ask for support, and maintain a positive outlook during this extremely trying time. Good luck with everything!

      about 4 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      My experience has been that they tell me that it's going to be worse than it really is. I was told to make arrangments to have someone take care of me, quit my job, etc. Sounded like the world was going to end. I kept working, didn't make arrangements, just kept on going. It was tough, sick after every treatment, lost a couple days a week during treatment, stayed in the hospital for a week a couple times when white blood counts got too low. But don't sell yourself short yet. Take each day at a time, each procedure, each treatment one at a time. And try to get through each one. Count them down, before you know it, you'll be done.

      I have had two different types of chemo regimines, and radiation on two different diagnoses 24 years apart. Some treatments were bad, others didn't affect me. Just depends you how you handle it, and the type.

      Best of luck to you, I hope it goes easier than you expect!

      about 4 years ago
    • tombo's Avatar

      a year ago in september,,i was going thru the same thing,,i was scared,,i also live alone and have pets,,YOU WILL GT THRU THIS,,,i will tell you this,,eat really healthy,,if you can eat,,make banana,,fresh ginger,,cinnamin,,carrots,,almond mil smoothies,,green tes also,,what ever fresh veggies you have,,blend them and drink it,,my doctors have always been amazed at my blood work,,,fish oil also,,alot of doctors dont believe in chemo brain,,trust me its not rare!!,,dont worry about that,,thats the least of any problem,,you will just forget alot,,and learn to take notes,,you will be ok,,i promise,,just think of all the things that made you laugh,,and try not to dwell on the negative stuff,,just try

      about 4 years ago

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