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    I have my 3rd chemo treatment next Tuesday. I feel like I just started feeling good. I wish I had another week or so before I had to do it. The first time I felt better sooner. At least that means it is going by fast and I will be done with it soon.

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    Side Effects (Constipation): First I got the bad stomach cramps every time I had to go to the bathroom, I lost my hair after two weeks, I was really tired after my shot that I have to get the next day, I got hot and cold, nausea, bone pain, body aches, tingling on my lips, numbness in my hands, spasms in my back, hips, ribs, and legs, I lost my taste buds, chemo brain, dry mouth and very dry skin. I have found taking Senna laxatives work really good,and taking baths in epsom salt helps the stomach and body aches.

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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Chemotherapy): I had a port put in my chest. It is hard to sleep with it and sometimes it hurts. I sticks out of my chest and looks like something is trying to get out of me. It doesn't hurt when they do the chemo thru it. So that is a good thing. It's better than getting IV's every time.

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    Decision Point (I had to decide if I was going to do chemo or not.): I really didn't want to do chemo. My Dr. said she was concerned because my tumor was aggressive and it had spread to my muscle, my mom had breast cancer at the age of 60,and I changed from progesterone positive to negative. She told me I would only have to have 4 to 6 sessions of chemo. I had to make the hardest decision of my life. I just kept thinking, what if I don't do it and the cancer has spread some where else in my body. I didn't want to make the wrong decision.

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    Procedure or Surgery (Double Mastectomy): I know it was going to be hard. I was in alot of pain for about a month. It was hard to sleep with the expanders in. I had to sleep on my back for quite a while. The drains aren't any fun. It was hard to get used to my new body.

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    Decision Point (I had to decide what kind of surgery I was going to have.): My Dr. just assumed I would just have my lump removed since I only had stage one. I read and heard about so many women that were younger and just had the lump removed and then the cancer came back and it was so much worse the second time. Also they were so scared every year waiting to see there results of their mammogram. My mammogram didn't even show mine. I decided to have the skin and nipple saving double mastectomy with another surgery to put implants in. It was a very hard decision, but I know it was the right one for me. I don't ever want to go thru this again.