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tsayler
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Joined: Aug 2000

I have just finished my chemo treatments and after a brief 'high' from being finished, I found myself unsure and wondering 'what now?' Is this to be expected?

vinnie
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Joined: Aug 2000

Congradulations. I'm sure your more concerned to speak to someone about the level your at right now, but if you get a chance could you let me know how your chemo went. How did you feel, how long were you on it. Were you able to function normally. Stuff like that.
Thanks
vinnie

tsayler
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Joined: Aug 2000

Vinnie, thanks for responding. I was in chemo for 6 months. Two cycle of 4 treatments (total of 8 treatments)
I went back today for my 'final check-up' and found out it is NOT my final checkup. The doctor
swears that she told me I need 30 days of radiation and I SWEAR she DID NOT. So, right now
I'm pretty upset with her. I've lived these last 6 months thinking I would be finished now. OF course
I can choose not to do it, so I just need time to think.

During my chemo though, I tried at first to work (I teach) and it became more and more
difficult because of the fatigue. Some weeks I worked 10 hours, and sometimes more. But
it was almost always very difficult. I live alone so most things didn't get done around the house
unless my daughter (23 years old) came to help. I'm sure part of it was depression - I did take
Zoloft for that for 3 months, and decided I was clearer headed not taking it. Some days though,
it was ALL I could do just to get out of bed and put clothes on. Some days I spent more time in the
bathroom - on the stool - than anywhere else.

Where are you as far as your treatment? How are you feeling?

tsayler
Posts: 4
Joined: Aug 2000

I know how you feel. Did you say you will be taking Tamoxifin? I won't because of the type of
cancer I had. I am really, really, really going on faith and believing that I am ok now.

denise
Posts: 11
Joined: Aug 2000

Dear Tsaylor,
Hi, my name is Denise. I finished chemo one year ago. I remember when my treatments were finished I experencied the same high then Oh no, what now?
I kept waiting to feel like my "old" self and wondered how long till I felt better. I have to tell you HANG IN THERE! You will start to feel like your old self. One day you will wake up and realize that cancer isn't the first thought you have. I still don't look like before. For one thing my hair came in really curly. But I don't have the chemo glow, I'm not puffed up like the pillsbury dough boy and I have eyelashes again! It took me almost a full year to start feeling good again, but remember everyone is different. If I can be of any help please let me know. Untill then take care and God bless.
Denise

tsayler
Posts: 4
Joined: Aug 2000

Hi! Thanks for responding to my message. It helps to hear from someone a year after treatment. I woke
up last Sunday and for the first time in 8 months actually felt like 'myself'!!!
Today, though, I was hit with 2 surprises. First the hospital decided that they would not
discount any of my $49,000. hospital bill (I have NO health insurance), then my doctor told
me that she wants me to do radiation. She denied it, but she had told me at the beginning
that I wouldn't need radiation. So today I'm bummed. I'm going to have to take some time
to think about this radiation thing. Maybe if I get some statistics about survival it will help.
The other thing I am doing is a little bit on the 'alternative' side, so I just need to think now
before I decide. Did you have radiation?

denise
Posts: 11
Joined: Aug 2000

Hi back,
No I didn't have radiation. It's a weird thing, not that I want any more treatments but then you think why don't I need it too? Do you know what I mean? I just want ALL the right treatments to be rid of this. I'm sorry to hear about your day. I had a few of those myself. I just tried not to let anything, except getting better, use up my energy. I will try to find out for you but I'm pretty sure that hospitals have to accept any minimal payment that you can make, so send them $5.oo a month. Maybe some resourses out there for you. Hang in there! Don't let anything but YOU matter for a while. Take care, God bless Denise

jane38
Posts: 137
Joined: Aug 2000

Oh yeah. I had to figure out what I was going to be doing with every third Monday (the day I normally went for chemo). And, how was I going to handle not being sick, not worrying about my blood counts? It was like a void. But, I muddled through it. And it was quite nice.

carla
Posts: 5
Joined: Oct 2000

I wish I could say that I was as far as you. I
have been diagnosed with breast and bone cancer and my treatments are just getting ready to begin.
Iworry about my children and husband, too. Carla

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