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      SusanK

      Everyone tolerates chemo differently and of course the kind of chemo varies depending on the cancer. I had triple negative bc, stage I; chemo followed my bi-lateral mastectomy. I had no radiation. Chemo was hard combined with ongoing reconstruction, but somehow I managed. My husband and friends were a great help getting me to and from the many appointments and making sure we had good meals a few times each week. You will find your chemo nurses knowledgeable and helpful should you develop side effects. I did not have nausea thanks to the drugs administered during the chemo, but I had many other issues, from allergic reactions to finger nail issues and everything in between. There seemed to be a remedy for just about everything. It can be overwhelming some days and it can be an emotional roller coaster, but try to remember chemo is your weapon against the cancer. I crossed the days off my calendar as I progressed through my six treatments, one every three weeks. While your life seems on hold for a while, time doesn't stop...soon your chemo will be behind you. Hold on to the knowledge that you are actively fighting something horrible, chemo is necessary to beat your cancer. It's hard but you can do it!

      over 4 years ago
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      debco148

      I was the same as you, some trace in one lymph, mastectomy on left breast. I was so scared and did not know what to expect either. But, I got through and finished last August. I tried to visualize the chemo killing any sneaky bad cells floating around. We are all different and have different experiences. The key is to keep a little log of your side effects so you can remember them clearly and be specific when you talk to your onc team. The nurses are great and they help you. The side effects only lasted a few days for me and most of them were from the adjunct meds they give you like steroids (gave me hot flashes), anti nausea (constipation). But, I did not get sick or low blood counts. Just make sure your nutrition is good, drink lots of fluids, and listen to what they tell you to do. I also managed to do Zumba classes when I felt up to it.. not as intense as I normally would, but the exercise was so good for me and seemed to help me sweat out the chemicals and meds and left me feeling physically better and mentally more clear! It seems so scary right now, but here I am, the scarey cat of all , telling you that you will get through it!

      over 4 years ago
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      karen1956

      Chemo is hard...but its doable!!! I had lots of GI side effects, so onc put me on Nexium....Drink lots of water....eat foods that you enjoy....I lost weight on chemo and onc wanted me to drink boost or one of those other drinks and I refused, but I enjoyed smoothies.....Side effects from chemo vary with the chemo regimine and the person.....Not everyone has a horrible time.....I worked full time during Tx....chemo was on Thursdays and I went to work on Mondays...my chemo was every 3 weeks and I had 2 good weeks in between each chemo....

      over 4 years ago
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