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phrannie51
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...the last of treatment all together, actually!! Damn, I've been doing this chemo every three weeks since April 24, and I'm tired of it. Course I'm also nervous cuz the last two treatments have hated me so much...takes the 3 weeks to get a little better, and boom chemo day is upon me again. Also, having suffered the horrible mouth sores the last two times, has me dragging my feet to experience that again, tho there's no way to avoid it that I have found...just wish they didn't last 2 1/2 weeks...whine whine whine, huh? :)

This is will be the last time tho, and I'll finally be able to experience weeks number 4, 5, 6 of healing....who knows what that will bring? Bet it's way better than I can imagine.

Taking all prayers and good thoughts....

p

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Grandmax4
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and prayers~~~~just think , you're done and you won!! September 2, I will be 10 months out...I feel better everyday and the time has just flown by. Hope you stay active on this site, I really feel like some of you are friends, even if it is cyberly ( lol, is that a word )

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CivilMatt
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Hi Phrannie,

Nice, very nice, I am so happy for you. These past few weeks have been difficult for you hopefully the next few will be a breeze. Next phase is healing and dealing with the new you. Crossing my fingers for no mouth sores this go around.

Best,

Matt

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Tonsil Dad
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Almost there Phrannie, God speed on your last chemo I hope
everything goes smooth for you with no sickness or anything.

God bless
Tonsil dad,

Dan.

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Billie67
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Phrannie,
That is amazing news! I am saying a little prayer for no mouth sores and an easy go for you. It sounds like you've really been thru the wringer so I am so happy for you that this is just about finished...done...over...NO MORE!!!
Please keep us posted on how you are doing with your healing process.
So happy for you!!
Billie

NoDuck
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And get ready for a dance around the kitchen!! You are such an inspiration to so many. You Go Girl!!

Deb

boardwalkgirl
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Praying for you and hoping there are very little side effects this time. You have been such an inspiration for me thru my treatments, and I have heard you say there is no such thing as whining, so you are not whining. Sending you good thoughts and prayers.

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tuffenuff
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Yay!!! I can't wait for you to have that extra time to really rest and rejuvenate. Hallelujah!

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D Lewis
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Sending good thoughts your way! You can DO this, mouth sores and all...

Deb

Mrs. Sarge
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So VERY glad for you! It seems like a long, long time, on this bus ride. Mine has been over since June 15 as I didn't have chemo, but it has been so much harder for you and others, that I'm surely glad it's about over! You can rest and not dread the chemo day!!
Keep up the good work! I had my first scope and got all clear, and last Thursday had my 1st CT scan and they are in no hurry to tell me the results, so I'm trying to "chill". I figure that if it's bad, they would have called right away, and if not, well, that's good, so I'm just hanging!! lol

Thanks for all the encouragements to all of us!!

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I seem to get scared the day before treatment, then once I've had it I plod thru it, the couple weeks of the mouth thing goes pretty fast, and I have to spend time making sure I get enough hydration and food down the tube (so far I haven't found it easy taking "micro-care" of myself during these 2 1/2 weeks it takes to start healing....wonder what's with that? It's not like I've got so much other things to do...LOL.)

But you guys give me courage to get thru it, I know many of you have had it way worse than me....far more pain during other parts of the treatment...and you all made it, and so will I. Thanks for tucking me into your pockets.

p

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phrannie51
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I seem to get scared the day before treatment, then once I've had it I plod thru it, the couple weeks of the mouth thing goes pretty fast, and I have to spend time making sure I get enough hydration and food down the tube (so far I haven't found it easy taking "micro-care" of myself during these 2 1/2 weeks it takes to start healing....wonder what's with that? It's not like I've got so much other things to do...LOL.)

But you guys give me courage to get thru it, I know many of you have had it way worse than me....far more pain during other parts of the treatment...and you all made it, and so will I. Thanks for tucking me into your pockets.

p

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phrannie51
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I seem to get scared the day before treatment, then once I've had it I plod thru it, the couple weeks of the mouth thing goes pretty fast, and I have to spend time making sure I get enough hydration and food down the tube (so far I haven't found it easy taking "micro-care" of myself during these 2 1/2 weeks it takes to start healing....wonder what's with that? It's not like I've got so much other things to do...LOL.)

But you guys give me courage to get thru it, I know many of you have had it way worse than me....far more pain during other parts of the treatment...and you all made it, and so will I. Thanks for tucking me into your pockets.

p

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That is so fantastic to hear! I'm so happy for you. It's been a long road for sure and the mouth sores suck (hopefully you have some tx for that). You've made it this long. Continue to be strong and know we are praying for you phrannie!

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I've been away for a few days, so just now reading that YOU ARE FINISHED WITH CHEMO!! Sounds a lot better in the past tense than future tense, eh? You've been a great source of inspiration for all those who got on the bus at the same time you did, and since then. I hope this starts you on the road to full health. Remember, rather than it getting a little worse each day, it will now start to get a little better each day.

Mike

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patricke
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Hey phrannie, huge congratulations for making it through the treatment gauntlet, I bow and tip my hat to you!! After tomorrow's round, its off to healing and recovery; keep that in mind during your goodby session. Lots of good thoughts for you.

PATRICK

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Hey, just wanted to share a product my oncologist gave me that has really been helping wiht ulcers and things like that I get. Don't know if you have heard of it...

It's called "reBalance" a PH balanced oral rinse. Made by Vaxco Pharmaceuticals

Best to you :)

Tim

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VanessaSLO
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Great news that this is coming to the end! I'm so happy for you! And please keep in mind that whatever the side effects are they're your last! And then you can really start to live the new life again!

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Yep- not much of said tx road left for you, girl. Probably still got a lotta bumps, and all that insignificant stuff that's just trying to make your ride rougher, not to mention a wee bit treacherous, but keep your foot on the accelerator and keep moving forward, Phrannie. Your treatment road, like John's, etc., has lasted a whole lot longer than mine did, and I would wager that you might be more anxious for it to end more than I did- you are about to get there. Last of the fight, Phrannie, and I gotta hunch old C is more than just kinda woozy right about now from the onslaught you and your Drs have dealt him. Time to deal him one last haymaker. The b------ was trying to kill you, Phrannie. Time for the final payback, girl...You are only a couple weeks from the official start of your 2nd chance at life. Seems to me that's something to really look forward to. If anyone's deserving, and earned it- it is you, now, Phrannie.

Believe

kcass

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ToBeGolden
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I had ChemoLight. So I didn't think I was under the weather. But in retrospect: my mood, energy level etc improved over the next three months. So I think you can expect to see improvements not just over three weeks but over three months or longer. At least I hope you are on the road to constant improvement. And I hope I (and the rest of us) are also on that road. Rick.

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ooo
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Last mile of the marathon, Phrannie. I'll be thinking of you!

Dre.

Sam999
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Phrannie, so happy that it is almost end of treatment for you! My thoughts and prayers for very speedy recovery in coming days.

Sam

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hwt
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Ever so happy for you! I know you've had a tough road but after today that's all in the rear view mirror. Wishing you many blessings.

ditto1
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P51 so the next group of newbies can fire it up and begin there journey.(although leaving it parked and letting it rust apart would be good if that meant no one would ever need this bus again) I believe most if not all who got on our bus from way back in March 2012 have completed their journey of treatment and now you are there. Now we wait to meet NED and all of us pray for that for ourselves and our fellow H N on this site and those that are not. It has been a long bus ride, longer for you and others than some, but anyone who got on this Bus for no matter how long felt the bumps of the travels. If its not out of line I just took you to be like a new friend that offered to share a bus seat with me way back in March and I have always looked forward to seeing your post. You inspired so many on this site, you always had something positive to say and since you were fighting your own tough battle you inspired us to continue the process and we will be fine. So maybe thats why your just now done. You are the kind of person to make sure you got everyone else over the hill then you knew your job was done and you can now join us.

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Matt29
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Hey Pharnnie congrats on being done with chemo i'm so happy for you its a hell of a ride but the light is approaching as far as the mouth sores i did pretty well with those what i mainly used all the time was a salt and baking soda rinse it worked great i will keep you in my prayers my ct scan is next week a little anxious but ready to get it over with.

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hwt
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Well said Ditto1

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Billie67
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Phrannie,
been thinking about you all day. Are you finished yet?
Billie

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osmotar
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Congrats p51...

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jim and i
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So happy you are coming to the end of this trial. I am praying you have a quick and easy recovery.

Debbie

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fisrpotpe
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special times behind you, that is good news. now even better special times ahead.

congrats on finishing.

john

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phrannie51
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Got there at 8:30, had my Onc appointment while they got my port all accessed, and hooked up....slept till 3:30 when they kicked me out to go pick up my fanny pack of 5FU at a different place. For the next four days, I'll eat and drink what I want, test things, etc....cuz the mouth sores won't kick in till Sunday or so.

Gotta say, even with the mouth stuff looming in the near future, there is an excitement I only felt once before and that was when I finished rads....a freedom feeling. You guys are the BEST!! I have gotten so close to some of you...espcially my bus buddies...it's been quite a trip, huh? :) Kent you have been an inspiration from the first day I got here....I can always count on you to lift me up....

Now I'm getting sappy, I guess....maybe too many drugs today? No? Actually, it's how I feel and have felt from the moment I signed up to the forum....enveloped in caring and love...with others in the same fishing boat with me. Remember how scared I was...and I was infused with strength within one weeks of finding all of you...

Yes....I believe......and yes, I am going to survive this bump in my road of life...thanks to all of you, God, my Dr.s and the fabulous nurses....and my hubby who surprised me with his tender care and concern....our relationship is now on an enitrely different level.

p

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Billie67
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Phrannie,
I'm so happy for you. I just keep praying you won't get the sores this time.
Your story made me get teary eyed too. I'm so new to this site, started up just after my last rads 9 weeks ago and you all have helped me so much that reading your story made me all mushy too.
Get some rest I know it's been an emotional day and know that we are all pulling for you to recover from this faster and better than all the times before.
take care,
billie

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Hondo
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I am very happy for you; It feels so good walking out know it was the one you were looking for, the last one.

God bless and keep you
Tim Hondo

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Skiffin16
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Nope, that wasn't it....

It was the chemo kicking the crap out of any hope for cancer to remain...or come back.

Here's to you P, your success, your survival and for the many clean years ahead...

Best,
John

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Ingrid K
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Jackie......

soooooo happy for you to be finally getting to the end of this roller coaster ride....you have had the worst of all the side effects dumped on you....Everything that could happen DID happen and you still came thru it with flying colors. You are an inspiration to all the newcomers who are just starting the battle.

I hope this last little bit will go by quickly and uneventfully so you can get on with more important things. So eat while you can and soon you will be all done.

You should be SO proud of yourself... I know that we are.

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