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    Side Effects (Taste change/loss): One of the most uncomfortable side effects is the change in taste. My taste buds feel numb so I can barely taste my food. I eat anyway.

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    Side Effects (Swelling (edema)): My left foot, ankle, and leg were swollen for several days. They called me in to do a sonogram to make sure there were no blood clots. There were none so I went home. After a couple of days the swelling went away.

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    Side Effects (Eating problems (anorexia)): I've suffered an eating problem for several years now. That should have been the first clue that something was wrong but with no other symptoms I just chalked it up to depression and no appetite. I really have to watch my weight. I started this journey at 85 lbs. After 48 into the journey, I am up to 98 lbs. That's eating non-stop and I fear I may lose some when the chemo starts. I just pray the rest of the treatments go as the first one and I have not stomach issues. Prayers said and fingers crossed!

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    Side Effects (Depression/Anxiety): I think everyone who has been diagnosed with cancer suffers some sort of depression and/or anxiety. It's a hard concept to grasp. I was prescribed an antidepressant which I believe helps. I'm sure my family is also facing their share of depression and anxiety and that's what hurts me most right now.

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    Side Effects (Memory changes): I suffer short term memory loss which is getting better but in the beginning was very frightening. It would take a couple of minutes to comprehend what you are telling me. I didn't even understand the full impact of the diagnosis when I was told until I looked around and saw the fear and dread in everyone's eyes. All I could think then is, Oh no, what have I done to you guys.