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I just want to say thank's for the information and support. I know I'm not the only one going through this but it is so helpful to be able to talk to others.
I realize there are different kinds of chemo and everyone reacts differently but can anybody give me general information about what to expect the first time?

Thanks! Hege

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hi Hege,

It probably won't be as bad as you anticipate. I had visions of myself throwing up and even passing out, but instead the medication ahead of time worked and I followed the instructions to take every 8 hours for the first three days whether I felt I needed it or not. Don't wait to find how if you are going to be sick because it's too late for the meds then. Don't be curious - LOL! - just take them.

I was actually there the first time during dinner time and sat eating a sandwich - other times I had light food - something I had never imagined.

Drink lots of water - good to do a few days before in preparation but essential to drink enough fluids during the months of chemo - everyday get fluids.

You'll be fine. We've all gone through it - keep that in mind.

Love, Jean

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Joined: Jun 2001

My first chemo was not the "horror" that I expected. The infusion of the medicine was uneventful. Just a little cold in the arm that the med went it. Sometimes..depending on what you are taking...you might get a sneeze fit..I never did. I actually felt okay the rest of the day. Just like Jean said, take the meds they give you whether you think you need them or not. The second day I was very tired. So I slept. The third day I was nauseated until the fifth day, then I was okay. I was able to eat the same day without any problems, but I really expected the worst. I wish you the best experience possible. Keep us posted.
Love, Jayne

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