People's experience with chemo varies. First off, hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. I reacted to the steroids given the day of chemo by being jittery and "up" for a day or two. My chemo session was on Wednesday and I was down for the count on Saturday and Sunday. Those days I felt very flulike. I let those days be "baby me" days where I did a lot of sleeping and listening to meditation and music tapes. By Monday I was feeling better and back at work. Keeping occupied with satisfying work really helped me get through the rough patches.
If you have a port, ask in advance for EMLA cream. You slather it over your port an hour before it needs to be accessed. It has lidocaine and has a numbing effect.
I brought videos with me to chemo and while I was there I would read or watch a movie. The benedryl I was given when I was taking the taxotere made me so sleepy, I just slept. Right after chemo I always felt fine and participated in some retail therapy - I live an hour and a half from my chemo center and from fun shopping.
I was given Neulasta shots for my first four chemo sessions and then neupogen for my last four. I have heard that Claritin really helps tone down the bone pain associated with the Neulasta shot. Ask your oncologist about this.
The prospect of chemo is truly frightening. Step by step you will make it through.