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    I picked up a new book to read while we are still on lockdown. I needed this a couple of weeks ago.

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    SuckItCancer asked a questionSkin Cancer - Melanoma

    Will side effects from chemo start the first day after treatment?

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      LiveWithCancer

      I felt great the day I got the chemo and I felt okay the following day. The next two days for me were horrible. I couldn't eat, drink, or get out of bed except to go vomit. You always knew when I was feeling better because I always wanted to go to Furrs Cafeteria for roast beef (go figure).

      Chemo was horrific for me, but the horror was really only a couple or three days out of every three week period. I could maintain some sort of lifestyle the remaining days.

      The anti-nausea pills did absolutely nothing for me. We tried several different ones. We also tried increasing steroids, also to no effect. I was able to work through the fatigue and queasiness except for those 2 or 3 days of the first week of chemo. I was fortunate and had no mouth sores and my blood levels stayed high throughout treatment.

      Good luck! It was definitely not easy, but it was worth it - I'm still here! :)

      14 days ago
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      Are you getting chemo or immunotherapy? If you're getting immunotherapy, my reaction was completely different than what I described above. Immunotherapy was a bit of fatigue the day of treatment and the following day (nothing debilitating at all). My thyroid did quit working fairly quickly ... that was the worst side effect (and it wasn't that bad except for the weight I gained and can't lose). I was on every other week infusions for 5 years and one-a-month infusions for another year or so.

      14 days ago
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      You might not have any noticeable side effects. There's always that possibility. I remember wondering the morning after the first dose when the side effects would kick in. None did. After the 4th cycle of AC, I did develop mouth sores, but that was it. Of course, I lost my hair, and over time became rather pale, but I never missed a cardio or yoga class. I'll admit that I wasn't knocking myself out during cardio classes, but I was there, at least going through the motions.

      My oncologist attributed my tolerance of chemo to the fact that I exercise regularly and resolved to not let up during treatment.

      So, don't talk yourself into have side effects. Yours may be minimal, and quite tolerable.

      Best of luck to you. The important thing is the effectiveness of the treatment, not the side effects.

      14 days ago
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    SuckItCancer asked a questionSkin Cancer - Melanoma

    Thinking about cancer all the time can really get to me. My mind starts racing focusing on the wrong things.

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      LiveWithCancer

      I have so many hobbies and "likes" that the day ends without my accomplishing much of what is on my list. I do a lot of Bible study, personal and guided. I can spend the entire day going from one to the next and still feel like I haven't even scratched the surface of what I want to know.

      I love messing around with essential oils and learning more and more about them and making chemical-free body butters, cleaning supplies, etc.

      My animals are a constant delight. Even though the dogs and I have aged out of being able to do agility together, we still enjoy every moment we spend together.

      I love playing with my camera ... though that particular hobby has relegated to the background lately ... painting rocks and then leaving them places to encourage those who find them ... reading ... visiting with friends (though preferably not on the telephone - I do not enjoy talking on the phone) ... going for a walk ... (and when we aren't under lockdown because of the pandemic, going to church, going out to lunch with my friends, bargain shopping ... )

      These days an inordinate amount of time has been spent cooking, cleaning up, shopping for groceries and playing the lottery game to see if we're going to get much of what I have decided we need for the week ... I do not enjoy cooking, but I do like recipes and I have spent a lot of time looking at and cooking new recipes during the pandemic.

      I know I'm forgetting some stuff that I let demand my time, thoughts, energy, effort, attention ... but yeah ... there's no time left over at the end of the day to spend thinking about cancer. It doesn't get more than a minute's thought if that. You, cancer, aren't worth my time, thankyouverymuch!!

      16 days ago
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      Terri

      I am trying to focus on the positive which actually has been hard on me. I guess I am not a positive person, but improving!

      15 days ago
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      There are relaxation tapes available. I got mine when I was first diagnosed 10 years ago. They were in the orientation packet I was given. I still use them for pain management. Breathing exercises also work well. During social distancing it is probably difficult if not impossible to see a mental health professional, otherwise I would recommend that
      Watch what you eat some foods contribute to anxiety particularly caffeine and refined sugars. Camomile tea is very calming especially when combined with lavender. You say you love to cook, why not look up what foods are anti-anxiety foods I did that so long ago I don't remember all of them. One I do remember is chicken.

      15 days ago