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tommaseena
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I had my first chemo treatment today and it wasn't as bad as I had imagined. So far I am feeling fine except for a slight headache. I will be taking the anti nausea medication prescribed because I don't want to rock the boat or pray to the porcelain godess. I hope tonight and tomorrow I feel as well and as well with all the treatments. Off to bed now to rest. I'll keep you all posted as how tonight and tomorrow goes.

Margo

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I'm happy that it was doable. It always feels better to get going on the road instead of dreading the start of the journey.

Maureen

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I have my 4th out of 6 treatment tomorrow, and i can say it really has been much better than i feared. It helps to think of chemo as our friend helping us to kill the beast. I have not become sick yet and there are lots of meds to take care of whatever side-effect that may arise. The time has went faster than i thought before you know it..we will be done.

Get lots of rest and eat 5 small meals a day if possible. this seems to help me. Let others help you out when your tired. I hope you have peaceful sweet dreams..and best of luck!
God Bless
Jackie

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Glad it went well Margo. It's always a little frightening the first time around since we don't know what to expect. I hope they all go as smoothly as this one. Hugs, Lili

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Just remember that whatever the side effects, the potential benefit is greater. Glad the first one is behind you. Be sure to drink plenty of water, eat small frequent meals and rest when needed. Looking forward to hearing from you in the coming days.

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Sending a multitude of ((((HUGS))) your way. The first one is so scary I am glad that it is behind you. Please be kind to yourself and let others help you, rest often, and enjoy yourself whenever possible. Just incase you get that metallic taste in your mouth please keep a supply of sturdy plastic utensils at hand, it helps to eat with them rather than the normal metal ones. I wish you all the best, please come let us know how you are doing.

RE

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Good for you!!!! Glad it wasn't as bad as you thought~ that unknown thing sure is a kick in the pants, isn't it????

I kept a small, new, plastic wastepaper can and a damp washcloth near my bed, "just in case", but I never needed it. I covered my pillowcase with a super soft towel. My mom used to do that for us when we were sick as kids, and it was a comforting throwback to that cared -for time. I mentally liked knowing that just in case "it" happened, I wouldn't have to make a mad dash to the bathroom. I didn't feel much like mad-dashing! Come to think of it, I still don't! :-)

Make sure to drink plenty of water...sip sip sip all day! Keeps you hydrated, and flushes your system.

Hugs,
Claudia

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Time goes by really fast once the first one is over. Before you know it, you'll be gearing up for the last treatment. Hope you're still feeling OK. Let us know.

Mimi

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The first one is the hardest as it is all so new and terrifying, I hope you continue to feel as good through all of them. Hugs Jxxxxx

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Went for my shot today--that medication stings.
Feeling fine all day today. I put crackers in my purse just in case I needed something in my stomach.

Thanks for all the replies.
Great group of people here.

Margo

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Hi, Margo, thanks for keeping us posted. Any side effects that you might have can be treated quickly. Also, we are here if you have any questions. Take care and rest well.

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Shot? as in Neulasta? Be prepared~ Neulasta's job is to speed up white cell production, and in about thirty six hours, your bones will resemble tubes of toothpaste and a Giant is squeezing the dregs out to get the last drop! Just know, it may hurt...and you can take pain meds for that...and in about 3-5 days, you will be back to "normal". On the other hand, you may have no adverse reaction at all~ I simply wanted to tell you what MIGHT happen, as my Dr gave me no warning, and all 206 bones in my body felt as if I had stood in the way of a Mack Truck! Forewarned, Forearmed, and all that jazz!!

hugs,
Claudia

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Yea! Glad that your first treatment went well. As others have said, even if side effects crop up its all worth the benefit in the end.

Good luck and I'll be thinking of you. Eil

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It can be hard to put your finger on chemo - just what are the side effects and when. I am so glad that yours went well and by all means, expect the best! We are also wishing you the same. love and support, Joyce

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I had the shot yesterday at 11am and this morning when I got up at 4am the whole base of my skull is killing me as well as my right hip and shoulder blades. I will be picking up some Claritin today to see if that helps out. I don't know if my symptoms are from the Neulasta shot or I just slept wrong--tossed and turned all night--usually I am out for 8 hours straight.

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Hi Margo,

My name is tracey and i had my first one yesterday as well. I was amazed at how the anti nausea drugs really help. you hear such horror stories but it wasn't that bad. i guess just looking to lose my hair now. so use to being on the go and i find myself really tired in the afternoon now. I got a prescription for a wig but have to find out where to go so my insurance will cover it, not sure if they do the whole thing or not. well, i've been up since 4a and should try to get some sleep. you have good day and good luck.

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I just posted to you on eyebrow regrowth thread that i too am up at 4 am. Did your DR. prescribe ativan? That works really well for anxiety, nausea AND sleep. It is all so traumatic at first and you have alot to think about, hair loss was such an anxiety for me. It took about three weeks and my head started aching, i guess this is a warning it is soon to go. I first got it cut short and then when it started falling out i had my hubbie buzz it. As for wigs, I got on-line with the ACS and asked them about them..since my local office is quite a ways from where i live. They were very prompt in calling me back. Asked me what color size and style..and i had 2 very nice wigs in the mail within 3 days. They also checked back to make sure i liked them and said i could return them if not and send me another. WOW i was blown away. I did not have to pay anything.

Hope you have a good day and get some rest it is very important. God be with you.
hugs Jackie

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Hi Jackie,

Thank you for writing me, i can use all the friends i can get. I keep waiting for something to happen to me since i had my first treatment yesterday but so far i feel good, i guess it takes a few days for your body to react. i am taking a anti nausea pill in the am and pm so it's helping me a lot. i take lorazapam for sleep at night. i think i will visit a place today i heard about for wigs and scarves, i should get my prescription filled in case i need it. how are you feeling? if you don't mind my asking what stage/type of CA do you have? i hope you are feeling well and we can talk again soon.

love,
Tracey

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Tracey: I did great my first round. I even went to the mall and went shopping with my daughter. So, don't think you will be sick as it may not happen. Hugs, Lili

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Hi Lili,

I think im starting to feel a little of the affects from the treatment. had a wave of nausea come over me a few minutes ago and my head feels swimmy. i am going to bed now but i did really well today. i went to a wonderful shop near me and bought a scarf and did some shopping. i seem to get very tired around 2pm so i try to rest. thank you for your support. have a good evening.

Tracey

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Aww, Tracey, sorry I spoke to soon. LOL I hope you're feeling better. Take the nausea meds before you start feeling sick so you can stay atop of things, Hugs, Lili

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Hi, Tracy, I second Lili's comment about keeping medicated for the nausea per the instuctions you have. I myself undermedicated and paid the price for a couple of days during the first round. My little sister, who is a nurse, warned me that nausea, like pain, is easier to KEEP under control than to GET under control in the first place. I did not follow baby sister's advice or the prescription directions. Hope you can avoid my mistake!

Claudia characteristically described well and wittily the side effects you can have from Nulasta. Mimi also recommended Claritin on a separate post, which I am going to try. Hope it works for you as well.

I hope you have a good night's sleep and a good day tomorrow!

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Thanks for asking..I am feeling pretty good. The steroids they give with the chemo keep me up for hours but i use that chance to get things done around my house. I do also take lorazapam (ativan) for nausea and sleep and anxiety. I seem to only need it for about the first week. Chemo is not as bad as it was years ago and the anti-nausea drugs given help so much. I have become accumulatively tired with my treatments. I am on #4 out of 6. I seem to need a nap in the afternoon. but i still go to work when i can. They are good letting me choose my days and hours. The last week before my next treatment i get to feeling more like myself again. Just watch out for depression, mine comes about the first week after chemo. you may need an anti-depression med. It is normal as the chemo has such a emotional effect as well as physiological on our bodies and minds.

I do not mind telling you what stage/type..that is what we are here for. to help others and ourselves with all the wonderful answers and info our sisters give to us on this board.
I have stage 111a with 6 pos. lymph nodes taken out of 23.I had mastectomy Dec. 2nd on my left breast, I am pos. for the estrogen receptors so that means i will get Herceptin for a year. This is a good thing as it only targets the cancer cells and leaves the rest alone.My hair will grow back YEAH! I will be done with with my regular chemo around the first part of May and then will wait 3 weeks to begin radiation. There is no place around me in the remote area of MT. to receive this. I am still waiting to see if medicaid comes through for me. I want to go to Denver and stay with my daughter for the 6 weeks this will be done. But don't know without the ins. what will happen. I may have to stay in Mt. and travel...i do not want to be alone through this..so thats my big worry. I am going to contact the ACS with my questions. I hear it takes quite awhile to go through the medicaid ap. and they have a special part of medicaid for breast and cervical cancer and thats what i am going for.
As for wigs and scarves i got some cute ones through TLC from the American Cancer society (and wigs) If you google this you will find a variety of really nice good quality ones.
I am wishing you all the luck in the world. and we all need all the friends we can get!!
hugs
jackie

labtech
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Jackie, im sure the insurance will come through for you it has to. i know the feeling i am out of work and trying to keep my insurance going and applied for food stamps but they are giving me such a hard time. i am only allowed 13 wks of leave from the hospital and then im on my own. these treatments will go beyond that and then i still have surgery to look at, it's very scary when you don't know where to turn. I will pray for you as i do for all of us. good luck.

Tracey

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today, has not been going so well lots of fatigue and achy feeling. everything hurts seems. my sister is coming to visit me tonight but i've been in bed all day. I am wondering how i will get through 11 more treatments. I had all i can do is to eat today and exhausted. so much more to get through and scared.

Tracey

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Tracey,
I wish I had only 11 more treatments but we are all different. I have 3 more of my first cocktail round then 6 treatments on my second cocktail round and then 52 treatments on my 3rd cocktail round.

Just like the others have said take the anti-nausea meds-they have helped me. Also small meals help-even if it is a few crackers.

I hope your evening is better.

Hugs sent your way.

Margo

labtech
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Oh Margo,

I do feel for you i shouldn't complain at all. i am sorry, better this morning just took the meds and will get a bit to eat in a while. it's amazing what our bodies can go through. are you taking Glutamine Powder? they told me about it to help Neuropathy and aches and pain. I was going to buy some but not sure it really works?

hugs,

Tracey

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I have bone pain from the Neulasta shot they give me the day after my chemo treatment and I take Claratin(spelling?) and it helps a great deal. Are you having the Neulasta shot as well if so ask your Dr. about taking Claratin--I buy the generic version.

Margo

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I don't think they will give me the shot they haven't said anything as of yet and i think i would have got it already??? i dont' know this is all so confusing. i go monday for more blood work and then wednesday for the treatments so we'll see how things go.

Tracey

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The shot would have been given to you the day after your chemo treatment. It depends on what your chemo cycle treatment and your blood count depends if you get a shot. They are giving me the shot so I can have my treatments right now every two weeks and not have to wait longer than that.

Margo

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My first round was also the worst. I received compazine instead of Ativan (had Emend from the first, which is wonderful) for the nausea. I had an allergic reaction and found my jaws locking up!! Was so scared--put a pencil between my teeth just to keep them from locking. Turned out all I had to do was take Benadryl (in earlier years, they used to hand out Benedryl w/ the Compazine). Compazine also dried my mouth horribly--could not eat anything. Not to mention the sleeplessness from the steriods.

But the good news is all that was taken care of. Both from reporting to my oncologist and, especially, seeking advice from the wonderful women here. They are a treasure of information, experience, humor, compassion, and support, as you have already found. My second treatment was much better as was the third. Yesterday was my fourth out of 6th.

So, I promise you there are treatments/meds, OTC and others, and support to help you with any symptoms you have. Give yourself permission to be tired and just rest. Your body is fighting for you and needs the rest to do that.

Keep in touch, and let us know how you are doing. We are all cheering you on in this fight.

labtech
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thank you moopy, i am so happy i found this site you girls are wonderful. My sister bought me a heating pad and i slept with it last night it helped a lot. just taking it easy and staying home today maybe if i feel up to it i'll get out and walk later.

Tracey

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Thank you for your words of wisdom.
I am having a great day and full of energy and it will probably kick me in the A@@ later on. I have cleaned quite a bit of my house today and did several loads of laundry and still full of energy.

I always turn my electric blanket on warm about 1/2 hour before I go to bed and turn it off when I get in. I sleep at least 6 hours before waking up.

My son and I will be going for a walk later--the snow is melting here but not fast enough--soon will be mud season. UGH!!

Tracey and others,
I hope your day is a good one.

Margo

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