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    Asked by little_fut on Friday, May 24, 2013


    this has been a very very stressful week.I had my chemo again,next to the last one yippee...but let me tell you this one really really sucks. I have been sick to my stomach since Monday morning ugh! then I found out Monday evening that my friend who had liver cancer was found dead in his apartment. And here it is Thursday, my stomach is still upset and we just now had an earthquake. I don't know why but this chemo really is kicking my buttthis time. I cant eat. Feel nauseous can't get enough to drink but always feel full to drink anything. I am so happy to be alive so happy that I'm almost done with this crappy journey and I look forward to my next leg of the journey thanks to you all I can make it. I do have chemo brain don't I? Okay I feel better thank you for listening. I guess the earthquake measured at 3.5 my bed shook . Will my mind ever clear up? i hope so... have a good evening everyone.

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    • karen1956's Avatar

      I had horrid, horrid heart burn when I was doing chemo...got worse with each successive chemo...Onc Rx Nexium for me.....and by the tiime I was done, my PCP had me on double the regular dosage...I con't on it for several months before I went back to single dose and for several years loved my "little purple pill"....now I only take it on occasion....Chemo brain does get better with time after chemo is done....
      I;m sorry for your loss of your friend...that stinks!!!!
      Glad you were not in harms way with the earthquake....
      The finish line is almost there!!!

      over 3 years ago
    • fastdog's Avatar

      So sorry about your friend. My, you have had a bad week. It's got to improve from here! I was wicked sick from chemo at first, until the onc. got my meds adjusted. I would call the oncologist and tell him/her what's going on. Surely they can prescribe something to help with the nausea. I couldn't eat either, at first, I was so sick. But with the anti-nausea meds, I could, even though I came home with the dratted chemo pump for 48 hours. I hope things improve for you, and yes, chemo brain does improve.

      over 3 years ago
    • JennyMiller's Avatar

      So sorry about the loss of your friend.
      I found the effects from chemo to be cumulative. However, my Oncologist had the Med potion right so that I never got nauseated. I am sure that your Oncologist can do the same for you.
      Chemo brain does get better --- and you will even be able to laugh it off when it catches you.
      I wish you the best.

      over 3 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar

      Well you can feel thankful you didn't have radiation to the chest..Now that is painful and really effects you ability to eat and drink..

      About your friend.. At least he didn't have pain and he just went in his sleep. . Liver cancer typically does not have pain. He is at peace now.

      over 3 years ago
    • Baldredhead's Avatar

      We are in agreement that your week absolutely reeks! I am so thankful that you are almost done with chemo! Blessings and prayers for you and your continued recovery and healing -

      over 3 years ago
    • MillieS's Avatar

      I had 6 treatments of TAC 3 weeks apart. The next to last really drug me down . What I focused on was ONE more treatment then I was through. If you are too full to drink but are thirsty may I suggest sucking on ice chips. That always helped me but here again I have always been an ice muncher much to my dentist chagrin. Hang in there sister the end of the tunnel is almost in your grasp. Use whatever meds they gave for nausea control...don't be shy on that one.
      Sorry about losing your friend. No one is ever prepared for that.
      Stay strong, stay positive , and know we are here for you. Hugs

      over 3 years ago
    • DianaL's Avatar

      So sorry about your friend and your bad week. I had some nausea pills that I could take after chemo. Have you talked to you onc about this. You are almost there and it is a good feeling but since chemo is cumulative you may be really tired when you are done. Do not worry about that the longer you are off chemo the better you will feel. Chemo brain is not fun but you will be able to laugh about it with friends, family and work associates--they all have it too now when they forget something. Lots of hugs coming your way!

      over 3 years ago
    • GypsyJule's Avatar

      I'm so sorry about the loss of your friend. Losses are never easy, and feel even worse when we're already in a bad place. Good luck in these next few weeks, completing chemo. Before you know it you will be done and feeling more like yourself.

      As for your earthquake, as long as no one was hurt, I like to think of them like the shaking of a snow globe -- they shake us all up a bit, and make us look at things fresh again. (I sort of miss living in earthquake country!)

      I hope tomorrow is a better day for you.

      over 3 years ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar

      Hang in there Little Fut. I'm sorry you lost your friend. Good thoughts to you and to his familly.

      Eventually, the nausea will go away (make sure your oncologist knows about this side effect as they can tweak your meds) and the chemo brain gets better -- most of the time mine pipes up when I can't quite remember the word I'm looking for. And my degree is in English!

      I hope next week is great to make up for how much illness and heartache you've gone through this week. Not to mention the shaking...

      over 3 years ago
    • HeidiJo's Avatar

      HANG IN THERE! It will get better, each chemo was harder for me. After the last chemo; do yourself a favor and take it easy. I thought I was going to bounce right back after my last treatment, and it takes some time to heal. It will get better!

      over 3 years ago
    • debco148's Avatar

      So sorry little_fut..you are in my thoughts and prayers! The end of this leg of the journey is soon ending for you! It was a year ago this weekend that I'd had my first treatment and my hair was falling out.. now I'm back to just about normal! It will come for you as well! Happy Memorial Day!

      over 3 years ago
    • Nonnie917's Avatar

      I am sorry about your friend. It is always hard to lose someone you love even a friend. I am also sorry that this time around with the chemo has made you sick. I know there is a special shot you can be given before treatment, but I don't know if it still has to be approved by insurance because at the time my old boss was going through chemo for BC it was $100 a shot. But it helps to keep you for getting sick. Check with your doctor about it and see if it still exists and if you can get it before your next treatment. I am so sorry you have to go through this at such a young age. I am almost 62 and had to have a double mastectomy so I could be sure the cancer didn't return. I was lucky in that it was localized and stage 0, but the MRI my surgeon ordered showed two clusters in the left breast that the mammo didn't pick up thus my decision for the BL. Turns out the clusters were not yet cancerous so I was blessed that it was only in the right breast. So try and cheer up because your brain will also clear up for you and life will be back to normal eventually. Good luck and I hope you don't ever have to go through this again.

      over 3 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      My condolences on the death of your friend. May the memories of the good times help comfort you.

      Sorry to hear about the chemo side effects, sometimes they are worse then others, i still haven't figured out why. Only one more session to go, you can do this.

      over 3 years ago
    • leslie48240's Avatar

      Wish I could give you a big long hug. Hang on (literally for dear life) ... I year from now this will all be a foggy bad memory. and you will have hair again and be eating yummy meals. Do try to drink water, Gatorade, whatever will stay down. Amazing how much hydrating helps stuff work thru and out and you'll feel so much better. Do not hesitate to vent here! We can take it!

      over 3 years ago
    • Ladykarla's Avatar

      Wow. Bummer. That being said, your friend is in heaven and you only have one more chemo! One more! Whoo Hoo! Does your onc nurse hang anti-nausea medicine with your chemo? Mine hangs 12.5 mg Benedryl and then I take Zofran until the next infusion. I've had a sensitive stomach since I was born. As we sit and shoot the breeze in the patient waiting room, we exchange ideas. Love my peeps! Some hopefully helpful suggestions: orange pop, water from a Brita filter pitcher with lots of ice like Polar from the gas station or grocery store. Also, iced tea from your favorite restaurant. I live in Indiana and Gray's restaurant makes up a gallon jug for my husband to take home. I can also eat their yeast rolls when I am sick right now. That's my new thing. My doctor tells me to eat whatever tastes good right now. Make sure to ask yours. We don't have earth quakes in Indiana. However, funny story: please NO ONE be offended. We did have one. I was working with a famous lawyer whose wife is a judge. Both wonderful people. I went up to the 8th floor to use the bathroom. Old building. Bathrooms on every other floor. As I was sitting there, the whole building shook as well as the toilet I was sitting on. Talk about a shock! I went back downstairs and told the attorney (hey, its criminal law, working criminal law you can say anything) what happened. He said "Wow, you really had to go! You shook the whole building!" So, YOU GO GIRL! Proud of you!

      over 3 years ago

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