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3rd round of chemo tomorrow

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Ctine70
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Hi everyone,
Tomorrow I go for my third round of chemo and after my last round was such a nightmare I can really use some prays to help me get through this next round. I have been dreading it all week and really nervous and scare of what will be like for the next week.
At least after tomorrow I will be half way done
Hugs Christine

kacee999
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By the time I got to round 3 I pretty much KNEW exactly what to expect, down to the hour. The one thing that was different, as it goes on, the amount of time from chemo to when the effects hit got shorter. My first chemo I think I had 4 full days before I crashed, and it got shorter after that. Just know that this too shall pass. Baby yourself and take it easy. Stay in bed when you need to. Don't overdo. THIS TOO SHALL PASS...just keep thinking that.

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Ctine70
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I did notice that after after my second round I got sicker quicker and a lot worst so I am expecting that for this time around.
Just so scared!

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Ritzy
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Praying this round will be easier on you Christine.

Sue :)

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Gabe N Abby Mom
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I'm sending out those prayers. I think we all have one round that we truly dread...mine was the 5th round. I hope round 3 goes more smoothly, and that once it's done you can say 'that wasn't as bad as I thought'. That's what happened to me with round 5.

Hugs,

Linda

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Ctine70
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Thank you s much for your prays I need them big time for this round.
Hugs Christine

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Kristin N
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Just keep thinking the halfway done part and I hope that will help to get you through tomorrow. Post to let us know how you do. Prayers sent!

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jnl
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Prayers, positive thoughts and a zillion hugs!

Leeza

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Ctine70
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That means so much to me!
Hugs Christine

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Lots of prayers, good thoughts and hugs!

Lex

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By the 3rd round of chemo (AC), I knew the routine, from what went on at infusions to my patterns a home afterwards. I knew that I would be good the rest of infusion day plus a day or two beyond. Then I would have a few days of queasiness (maybe three) and of just wanting to catch a nap mornings and afternoons. Get to a week after the infusion, and I was good.

Rounds 5-8 were taxol, and there were some changes. I knew the routine -- even for the two times I had a reaction (but got through those fine) -- at my infusions. I no longer had issues with queasiness. My legs and hips got to aching enough about four days after my infusion, that I needed to offset it with Aleve. (Not sure if it was the taxol or the cumulative effect of Neulasta.) That discomfort usually lasted only about three days. Taxol effects that were a challenge for me were a pesky cough and problems taking deep breaths. The cough became a real problem for me a few days before the next chemo time, oddly. What took care of that was my ONC had me take an allergy pill (like Clariton). I would be back to just a pesky cough within a day of taking the allergy pills. I took those pills, once a day, for almost a week.

My pesky cough and breathing issues disappeared when I finished taxol -- the breathing settled sooner than the cough, but the cough was gone about two weeks after I finished chemo.

Chemo is do-able. Your nurses, ONC, and others are there to help you along the way. If problems arise, be sure to talk to them about it.

I had a black travel bag I'd take with me to chemo. In it I kept puzzle books, a pen and pencil, and a small clipboard with paper on it. On the paper I would jot down things I wanted to remember to ask about because I knew that those notes would be with me when I went for chemo. Chemo morning, I would also put in my bag my Kindle, my wallet, and occasionally a carton of yogurt. (The office had water, ginger ale, Coke, as well as snacks I could ask for.)

You'll do fine. Just keep a good mental outlook.

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Ctine70
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Thanks for your support and suggestions I will write a list of concerns and questions to ask my dr tomorrow.
I always end up forgetting something lol
Hugs Christine

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Good luck today Christine.

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Noel
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Just adding my good luck to you today!

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Angie2U
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Christine, how did it go?

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Ctine70
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Not so good :( got so sick as soon as I got home never had that happen to me before. Going this morning for my first of six nepogren shots so the bone pain should be starting by tonight fun fun lol
Thanks for checking in on me it means a lot
Hugs Christine
Ps how are you doing?

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:( I'm so sorry you're so sick. I had hoped this round would be easier on you. Thank you for letting us know. Good luck with the shots.

You're in my prayers Christine.

Hugs, Angie

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Christine, I am sending positive thoughts, gentle hugs and prayers. I wish I could take away all of your side effects.

Feel better,

Susie

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Hoping you will start to feel better soon. I am so sorry these side effects have hit you so hard.

Hugs, Diane

Janop
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HI, I'M NEW, ANDFINISHED ROUND 4 OF MY CHEMO, THEN HAD TO START NEPOGEN SHOTS AFTER CHEMO.
i WON'T CAUSE YOU ANXIETY AND SCARE YOU, BUT BE VERY AWARE THAT IF THE BONE PAIN BECOME INTENSE, YOU NEED THE DOC OR ONCOL TO GIVE YOU MORPHINE OR SUCH TO GET RID OF THE PAIN, AND DO NOT FEEL YOU ARE BEING WOOSSY-THAT'S WHAT I DID FOR A COUPLE DAYS. DUMB,DUMB
TAKE CARE, AND HOPE ALL WORKS OUT WELL FOR YOU, AS WE ARE ALL DIFFERENT.
HUGS JAN

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Ctine70
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Thanks for the advice, yesterday I was so bad doctor almost sent me to the hospital but I convinced her o just give me some Iv steroids and fluids and some oxygen. I can't believe how each round is getting worst and worst. Because I was having trouble breathing my doctor decided not to give me an more nepogren shots this round. I was suppose to get 6 each round only made it to three this time. Will defiantly keep the morphine in mind for next round.
Hope you are owing well
Hugs Christine

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You just can't catch a break Christine and I'm so sorry about that. I hope that your onco can help you somehow, even if it is morphine. Keep updating us.

Hugs, Diane

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Ctine70
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Thanks Diane,
This chemo is becoming more and more of a nightmare. Had to go to the ER last night cause I codn breathe and onco thought it might be a blood clot. Luckily it wasn't and its just a side effect of the nepogren shots. Can't wait for all this to be over!
Hugs Christine

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Kylez
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Christine, I'm so sorry that you had to go to the hospital. How many more treatments do you have? Could you take a break even? I just feel so bad for you.

Hugs, Kylez

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Ctine70
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Hi Kylez,
I still have three more rounds to go. I ask my doctor about a break and she said no that I have to stay on schedule :(
Thanks for being there for me
Hugs Christine

tripleneg2
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You can do this! drink lots of water before during and after! have them give you an extra dose of hydration it helped me huge I had 7 months of once a week...It was tough but well worth it ..prayers to you

survivorbc09
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Praying for you too!

Jan

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Ctine70
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Thank you all for your support and prayers it means the world to me
Thank you!
Big hugs Christine

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Kylez
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We will always be here to support you Christine. Big hugs to you!

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Ritzy
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Three more Christine and we will all be waiting at the finish line to celebrate with you!

Feel better,

Sue :)

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