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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Chemotherapy): i have had 4 treatments now. not including the first large infusion, the rest have been relatively easy with side affects. a Little nausea, and tiredness, loss of taste in food. those are bout the only ones .

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    well i NOW know how chemo feels.. and it SUCKS!!! at first when i had it last wednesday, i had NO side affects.. i felt fine til Friday nite.. when IT hit... since then the nausea/vomiting/diarrhea have been a constant... i ACHE alll over.. i pee every hour day n nite... and i look at the 17 weeks (4.5 months) still to come and i am DEPRESSED... will it get easier?? do i have to live this way til November?

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      Evonn

      Yes it does suck. I have had two rounds. The doctor says the effects are cumulative. I have my third round right before the July 4th holiday.

      over 4 years ago
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      marybeth

      It is hard, more so with some chemo treatments than others. If you are doing AC, that does often have the impact of making a person nauseous. Also, the pattern you describe is common. You feel ok for the first couple of days while the meds they give you with the chemo are in your system, but then whammo, those leave your system and you start to feel awful. There are meds, like Zofran, which are good and can really help. If they give you weaker things like Compazine and they don't work, ask for something stronger. They might not just give it to you. There seems to be this fiction out there, that chemo no longer causes nausea. Ha, what a joke. I was so sick that one night I lay on the bathroom floor for an hour because I couldn't make it back to my bed in the next room. Sadly, it does also usually build up in your system and get a little worse with each treatment. But, all that said, you can get through it. You may have times when you don't believe that, but this is your life, and you will. Cry, rage, do what you need to do to get through it. Ask for help when you need it and sleep when you need to. If you are doing another chemo after this, be encouraged that some are easier than others.

      over 4 years ago
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      Shels

      WOW~THANK YOU EACH ONE OF YOU!!! i soo appreciate you words of encouragement and hope. The different ways to get thru this were awesome tooo. i am downloading all those pages u suggested too Ejourneys! when i was first diagnosed i was handed a Bag PACKED with tons of booklets and papers.. overwhelming to say the least.. i have found as time goes on, when i have something more i want to find out i will now go to this bag and see what it has....
      The encouragement you have written to me are sooo good and helpful! i am not a depressed person ordinarily so its hard to be feeling like this.. I will tell you that tonite i DO feel better and i THINK there is a flashlight of light at the end of the tunnel!! tomorrow i have my second treatment. but i see my dr first and have made a list with al your help (i swear i have chemo brain.. after just one treatment) ...your words and help are and have been invaluable!
      shels

      over 4 years ago
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    Procedure or Surgery (Lumpectomy)

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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Chemotherapy): starting in 10 days will update when i have had it

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    Procedure or Surgery (Implant chemotherapy port): this was done when i had my lumpectomy/... this HURT n BOTHERED my body much more than the lumpectomy did.

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    Procedure or Surgery (Lumpectomy)