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Annabella Rose
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Any encouraging words would be appricatated:) This is the first time I have had to have chemo treatments. I'm suppose to get 4 rounds. Every 3 weeks. When I finish the chemo then internal radiation. I am going the talk more about all of this with the nurse on this Thursday.

I was thinking of getting my hair cut pixie style on Friday. I thought it would help when my long hair starts falling out.

How do most women prepare for this part?

AWK
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I don't remember any preparations except that we stayed busy, did things we enjoyed and tried not the think too far ahead.  I  started chemo within two weeks of my surgery so it is a blur.  I did cut my hair short and that was fun.  I also went out and bought my wig, we made a fun day out of it with my stepdaughters.  Laughed and cried and laughed some more.  

Just remember with everything that happens with chemo - it is all temporary.  Each round has a cycle and they build on each other but I always felt great the week prior to my next one although tired.  i made sure to stay in a routine, stay hydrated and nibble all day.  Accept help from people and don't feel bad about asking them to do things.  People want to help and don't know how to.

i had, and continue to have, amazing experiences because of my cancer.  The infusion lounge is a special place.  I view it as one of healing.  i go into my treatments with an open heart and calm feelings.  Wishing you healing and peace.  

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When I knew I needed chemo., I made the decision to get my hair shaved once I found it starting to fall out.  I also decided I wasn't wearing a wig.  Make sure you have lots of bland foods and gatorade (G2). Make sure you stay hydrated and away from nausea (I endd up in ER because I got dehydrated and couldn't stop the vomitting).   Eat small meals and drink lots of liquids.  Make sure you rest when you need.  If you go outside or in public, wear a mask to avoid being in contact with people so you don't get germs.    Make sure you tell the onc. what symptoms you are having that isn't normal. Especially if you get tingling in feet and hands (neuropathy).  Make sure to keep your bowels moving.  Try to walk around a little bit every day. 

Chemo. affects everyone differently and it also depends on what kind of chemo. you are receiving.  Don't be afraid to call the on-call nurses with questions and concerns. 

Just take each day as it comes.  Try to accept the fact that you will have good days and bad days.  I always tried to find something to be thankful for.   I agree with the suggestions of AWK as well.

You WILL get through this. 

Jeanette

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Just read your post.  Preparing for Chemo is not easy and the fear of the unknown is a killer, but please my love be assured that chemo is quite doable.  I was in a daze for a long time when I was dx and my most fear was for my loved ones.  I had six rounds of Carbo/platin every three weeks.  I was never sick, fortunately I was not working at the time.  Believe me, I never lost my appetite nor did I have to urge to over indulge.  Even when I lost my hair I wasn't really bothered because I was still alive.  

Do not go crazy with wigs, I bought a lot of wigs and ended up wearing the cheapest one.  Dress up yourself, wear nice clothes and nice hats, nice jewelery.  My Doctors had a good time when they saw me I was always dressed nicely and fashionable.

I think by your second session of chemo you will probably start losing your hair.  Try not to let it bother you, you still have life and your hair will grow back beautifully.

Dear Annabella, I wish you great success and hope you continue to be positive and beat this aweful disease.  You have come a long way and have many more years ahead of you.  Medicine is good and the Doctors are very skilled.

May our Great God Bless you and give you all the strength you need to endure and put all this behind you.  Just some more encouragement after my last chemo two days later I travelled from New York to Florida for a wedding. You can do this.  My best to you and your family.

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My sister and sister- in- law went wig and scarf shopping. I only used the wig twice but it was nice to know I had it.I really liked wearing a scarf better and watched videos on u-tube to learn to make rosettes and had fun with it. I didn't get my haircut until it started falling out then I went in and got a buzz cut.I did much better than my stylist she had always been so proud of the way my hair had held it's color and thickness.When it came back it didn't take long for it to thicken back up.I'm a nurse and my friends from work gave my a pre-chemo party so I had everything I needed and didn't have to buy anything.Things I found usefull were straws,eucerin skin calming body wash,cerave body lotion.Unless you will have company you may want to take a book or puzzles to chemo and a snack (usally they will offer you one) also some warm socks. Chemo made my nails yellow so you may want to stock on darker color nail polish and I also used some almond oil (GNC).Talk with the nurses about what vitamins they suggest to help prevent neuropathy.If you get a buzz cut you need to put on a thin cap before you put on your wig,hat or scarf because  those little short hairs will still come out and if they get in your wig,hats and scarves you cannot get them out and they will make you itch.Sorry this has been all over the place but I think of more as I go! Good luck it's not fun but you can get thru it.Put on your make-up and do your nails this too shall pass.  

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Cutting your hair is a great idea. It will make things easier. I bought a lot of hats in preparation, but wound up wearing a few beanies that I really liked. I bought an inexpensive wig, but only wore it for about 20 minutes one night. I had some scarves as well, but mostly stuck to the beanies as they're kind of stylish in an offbeat way. I enjoyed having the fragments of bangs that were just hanging on as the weeks progressed.

The hair-loss issue is scarier from a distance, and not that bad when it happens. I was concerned, though, about how much hair I might have by the time I would have to go to an annual industry-wide work event where my role has been somewhat high-profile. So, watching the following YouTube video helped me gauge how quickly my own hair might regrow. It is very encouraging, I think: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPljZN3tAds

I had 6 rounds of Carboplatin/Taxol. And, I know you did not ask about this factor, but I have had severe nerve pain since finishing chemo, and I think this only happens to a small percentage of people. They don't know why. But one of the things that was discovered a few months after I finished, was that I had a dangerously low level of vitamin B12. Even though insurance might not cover it, you might ask if you can have that checked, and have it boosted if it's low to begin with before your chemo. The taxol/carboplatin really seems to knock that out of you. Since you have MS and MG, perhaps you already on top of some of these issues. There are also people who say that it's good to take glutamine as a supplement before and during the chemo regimen, to protect the nerves. I did not do this. You might also ask your doctor about this.

Your experiences will be unique to you. I will be praying that God gives you peace and rest in the coming weeks, and that He uses all these means to rid your body of any remnants of the disease that may remain.

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i have been battle endometrial cancer for 2 1/2 years .  I was really afraid at first but now it is a minor bump in the road.  I had very long red hair when this started, and I worried about the hair thing alot.  I was teaching school at ther time with a class of 1st and 2nd graders.  I also got my hair cut before, and thatndid help when it statred to fall ou at 2 weeks.  When it did statr to fall i had it shaved.  I ordered  a wig and bought hats.  I got some of the knit animal hats and let my class choose which one I should wear first.. I wore the wig once and children can be brutely honest ( the wig was not me) so have have developed quite a hat collection.  I learned that thee would be a few days after that I didn' feellike doing much , so I cleaned and did a little coking and froze a few meals including dessets.  Some how it makes me feel more incharge of my live.  Pray, pray and pray.  It helps so much

AWK
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I read your profile and we have much in common.  I have been in the fight, and treatment, for two years.  UPSC Stage IIIC or StageIV a depending on which opinion you read.  are you still working?  I am but I sure get tired.  Agree on the prayers.  Anne

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I retired at the end of last yesr after 40 years of teaching.  I miss the kids and my friends at work a lot.  Sometimes I think working had many advantages.  I never had time to think about Cancer very often. Kids don't care if you have no hair, they just want your help.  We are trying Doxil, side effects seem a lot less than Taxal/carbo.(reaction to carbo on round 15, Taxal didn't work by itself.) I am hopeful it will help.  I pray for strenth and courage.  We do have a lot in common.  Lou Ann

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Thank you all for your encouragement and wisdom :)

I am very concerned about taking Decadron (Dexamethasone) 4 on the day before then 4 on the day of my first chemo and the 4 on the next day. It's written 2 tablets on each morning and 2 each evening.

My stomach and esophagus get very irratated easy. Years ago I tried taking predasone tablets and couldn't make it to the second pill because I was in so much pain.

I take one Prevacid  a day but I still have to watch what I can eat and how much. Nothing acidity, spicy or even soda. When I drink any carbonated drink, it's like pouring acid down my throat and into my stomach.

If anyone here has taken this before chemo please let me know if it's hard on the stomach and if it is, what to do to be able to tolerated it.

It says to take with food but I did that when I was taking the predasone and still was in terrible pain.

Thank you for any info!

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but I did not have other health issues like you do.  A word of encouragement tho - you don't know if it's going to bother you until you try it.  If it says take with food (I don't remember that) then make sure your stomach has something in it before you swallow it.  Even a soda cracker.  If you have a problem, let your doctor know.   I'm pretty sure I had decadron IV with my chemo and then oral meds at home after.   So I'm thinking if you can't tolerate it orally, it can be administered IV which would mean trips to the infusion center, but if  you do encounter a problem,  then ask about IV decadron instead of oral.  And if you have problems (remember you won't know until you swallow it), be sure to tell them.  There may be something else that will work.  I think those oncology folks expect to hear from us from time to time, so do not hesitate to call with any questions or issues.  Everyone reacts differently to medications.  I hope you sail through this.

Will be thinking about you on the 10th.  Best wishes,

Suzanne

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I had to take it both before chemo, more in IV at chemo and then 2X a day for a three days after.  I had to take extra before chemo due to a sensitivity I had to Taxol.  I didn't worry about eating anything with it and never had a problem with it.  The only thing I noticed from it was it made my appetite huge....like I wanted to eat everything in the house and I had a hard time sleeping.  I just took some Tylenol PM or Benadryl to help me sleep and that seemed to work.  For my appetite I found I really liked cold foods after chemo so I stocked up on fruit and veggies and also some fruit bars/yogurt bars.

I finished my 6 rounds of chemo at the end of October.  I am finally starting to get my energy levels back and my hair is growing back.  Its about an inch or so.  

Debi

UPSC 3A

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good luck with your chemo.  I had decadron before and days after chemo.  I did not have any problems with the decadron, but I did take it with food.  Usually I would eat some yogurt.  Decadron is supposed to make the chemo work better, and also reduce nausea. 

I too have a sensitive stomach.  I recently had large doses of prednisone for cough.  It did not other my stomach while I was taking it,but after I finished my 15 days of it my stomach did hurt and had nausea.

I hope you do well with the chemo and it does not aggravate your other health issues.  In peace and caring.

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Thank you for your replies :)

I picked up my meds today. The Decadron are 4 mg each. Is that a normal amount? It says to take 2 at 8 am and then 2 at 8 pm.

I am so tired of being afraid of the things I am needing to do.

I know with each step I am growing but here I am again afraid of the effects of even the premeds :) I will do what I am told by the doctors each step of the way..even if I feel afraid.

Cancer sure takes you out of your comfort zone. 

AWK
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You are so right about that.  I never thought about it that way until I read your post.  I will be thinking of you Tuesday and sending you prayers for strong and healing drips.  Anne

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Hi- I too have or had long blonde hair-it starting going away 2 weeks  after the 1st Chemo-I am new to this too-so it was very emotinal for me-But I thought hair grows back but if anything that can kill this cancer and knowing only my hair is the only thing that goes that s just fine. I had my radition first for 3 months-5 days a week and radiation thined it out some-and I was sick everyday from radiation-so now after 1 chemo tretment done-2 days of 5 hour days and then waited 2 wekks then went back for another med for an hour-wasn't as bad as I thought- I was terrified to start it too. You can do it and and I'll be your friend to talk too-I need one too. I pray alot and it really helps and I know god does answer. The radiation took care of the main uterius cell and the cell that spread to my limp nods. They are dead now but the right hip and small ones 2 of them in the liver and lung is now being killed by the chemo. I have to go through 6 like that. Please be strong and know other people care about you and they are going through the same thing- As I found out you can't prepare for this part- Just have to go with it attitude.

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Will be thinking about you tomorrow.  Emotionally it's tough but hopefully you will find it physically a lot easier than you expect.  Have you been given any idea what to expect with your MS or is that a complete unknown?  

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I took the big scary tiny green steroids yesterday and was pleasantly surprised that they were nothing to be sacred over. Thank you all for your support in this step by step journey.

I took the pills with food plus puddling to make sure stomach was coated. I had a slight burn but nothing bad to get on with the day.

The last pills were at 8:00 pm. I fell a sleep at 12:30pm and woke up at 3:30am. Wasen't able to fall back to sleep so I listened to Joyce Meyer teachings on my iPod! She's such a Blessing.

Its about time for me to get up and start the day. I know I'll feel more relaxed about the chemo when I know my body excepts it with no complications during the first infusion.

Hi ConnieSW, the M.S. and M.G. is always a concern. The diseases are both so unpredictable. I made it thru 2 big surgeries where both surgeons were afraid of the anasteric and me having to wake up with a breathing tube for a while but that Thank God that didn't happen. They were very careful in choosing the right meds.

So I guess the answer is yes about the M.S. still being an unknown but I find comfort in knowing I made it through those surgeries and I'm hoping for a good outcome with the chemo too. Tying to keep it one day at a time and knowing Father God has my back :) 

nempark
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Are you surprised?  Not so bad afterall.  Hope you are doing really well.  This will all be over before you know it. Big hugs my darling.

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Thinking of you.   Hoping all went well.   Are the steroids keeping you up?   You should have a lot of energy today

hugs!!!

kathy

ConnieSW
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After the first  treatment, my daughter and I went furniture shopping.  That was my first experience with steroids.

AWK
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I hope it went well and you are resting and staying hydrated.  The first one is tough because you don't know what to expect.  Everything is temporary!  Keeping you in my prayers.

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The Dexamethasone was very well tolerated. Yes, I feel more energy but it's like a nervous energy. It has my sleep cycle messed up. I'm getting 3 to 5 hours of sleep. I used to get 7 to 9 hours of sleep before.

I do feel shaky and very much on edge. I don't like this side of me. My husband has been so patient and understanding, but I think he's happy I'll be taking my last pill tonight. :)

They must have been working because the chemo yesterday went very easy and no bad reactions. I went for my shot today that is suppose to keep my white blood count up. I took a alagra pill before going. I had no bad reaction to that shot but the nurse said that I may feel pain within a day or two and other side effects from the chemo may kick in within a few days. I just have to be thankful for today and not worry about what may or may not happen in the days to come. I woke up a bit queasy this morning so I took a sofron and that took it away in about 20 minutes. So I tried to fall back to sleep but that shaky feeling wouldn't allow it.

Thank you for your encouraging words!

I'll keep you posted.

 

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So glad the first chemo was tolerable.  Glad you kept ahead of your nausea.  Hope the bone pain was not too bad from your Neulasta shot.  Hang in there and take it a day at a time.  Glad you have a patient and supportive husband.   The shakiness will get better after the decadron is stopped.   Make sure you keep ahead of the constipation, too.  In peace and caring.

ConnieSW
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Do heed what Ro said.  I learned the hard way to be proactive and treat for  constipation before it had time to happen.  I had hoped taking a stool softener routinely would be enough.  it wasn't.

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Annabelle, I was still in a daze before I started chemo and my incredible daughter made an appt. for me with a woman who has a shop and only deals with alopecia and chemo patients.  I ended up with a couple of very, very cute wigs and most people never knew I had lost my hair.  i had my hair cut very short the week befor chemo. But when it started to fall out in earnest (within2-3 weeks) I just had my husband shave it off.  Good luck!  We're here for you!  - daylady (Helen)

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Annabelle, I was still in a daze before I started chemo and my incredible daughter made an appt. for me with a woman who has a shop and only deals with alopecia and chemo patients.  I ended up with a couple of very, very cute wigs and most people never knew I had lost my hair.  i had my hair cut very short the week befor chemo. But when it started to fall out in earnest (within2-3 weeks) I just had my husband shave it off.  Good luck!  We're here for you!  

i had decadron before, after,  and in an IV during my first chemo and other than some face flushing and a little trouble sleeping, had no side effects from the decadron.  I had about 3-4 days of bone pain starting about day 4 after chemo, but that subsided and the rest of each cycle went fine.  Most people did not realize I was going thru chemo unless I said something.  Everyone is different, but they can do so much more for us now than even just a few years ago.  Take care of you! - Helen 

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Thank you Helen, today was the day after my shot and 2 days after the chemo. It's also the first day without the Decadron.

I woke up with some queasy ness and aching pain in my pelvic bone area. I tried 2 extra strength tylonal but that didn't work so latter I took 2 Advil but that hasen't felt much better.  It's not horrible pain but enough to make me uncomfortable. I called my nurse and she said that's normal to have bone pain for a couple of days after that shot. So I guess it makes me feel better knowing it won't last much longer.

I bought a wig the day before chemo started and a scarf so I'd be ready when my hair starts to fall out. I didn't know how I'd be feeling this first week after chemo.

Thank you for your encouraging words! 

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My bone pain was pretty severe just from the chemo.  The first weekend after chemo was the worst.  I had prescription strength Ibuprofen and that didn't really do anything.  Don't be afraid to ask for something a little stronger.  I didn't at first but once I did they gave me Oxycodone.  What a relief!  I took it about every 6-8 hours the first 5 days or so and then only at bed time after that as needed.  If I kept busy and moving during the day after the first week I felt better but sleeping at night could get a little uncomfortable.

Losing my hair wasn't so bad for me.  It started falling out just before my second chemo.  My hairdresser is a good friend that owns her own salon.  I went at the end of her day when no one else was there and had it shaved the day after my second chemo as it was falling out in gobs.  My mom, sister and a few nieces were there and we had a little tea party with some fancy cupcakes so it would be fun instead of traumatic.  It was actually kind of nice not to have to deal with styling my hair during chemo. Once less thing to do was great.  I wore hats and scarves unless I was going somewhere that I didn't want to deal with the questions and then I wore my wig.  It's a really cute one I actually got for free from our local Gathering Place.  It looked so much like my own hair that no one ever thought any differently.

Debi

 

UPSC 3A - chemo finished 10/29/14

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Thank you Debi for your post.

today is 3 days since my first chemo and I feel like I hit a brick wall!

I feel bone pain, nausous and extremely week. I'm scared if it's the M.S. thats causing the fatique. Do you know if it's normal to feel so week in one day. Yesterday I felt pain and nausaus but today I wok up so week. I had to go for my blood test this morning and It was so hard because I was so week to get dressed and go out, but I did. After ward my husband had a doctors appointment so waited for him in the car which was about an hour. Do you think that was too much being out after the third day from chemo? 

I'm resting now. I came right to bed. My husband gave me 2 Tylenol and a anti naousae pill to dissolve under my tongue. But it's the extreme fatique that's scaring me right now.

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Weakness and fatigue hit me hard at about days 3 and 4 after Taxal/Carbo  lasted for a few days and then gradually went away.  I felt like i was on a roller coaster.  Hang in there, it will get better.( I still can't walk through Walmart with out sittingn down.  Lou Ann

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Your side effects seem par for the course,  unfortunately, but I understand your concern about the complications of MS.  Someone on this board at one time recommended Claritin as being helpful for the bone pain (not Claritin D).  You might want to ask your oncologist about this.  I think those oncology folks anticipate callls from their patients, so do not hesitate to call and report anything you're concerned about.  It is always helpful to know they're looking out for you with remedies and reassurance.  Watch for fevers and stay hydrated as best you can. 

You will learn what to expect as each cycle progresses.  I knew when I'd be down and I knew when I'd be up again.  But it really took a while for me to understand it all.  Hope this passes soon for you.  It can be frightening.

Suzanne

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I also felt great the first day or two after chemo. Then came day 3! I felt awful and I did not have the shot you had. Highly fatigued, joint aches and pain, loss of appetite. After the first treatment, I gradually started feeling better after 4/5 days. Each subsequent treatment it took longer and longer to recover. But I did recover and made it through all 5 treatments and internal radiation! What you are experiencing is a very common reaction. I also took oxicodone for the pain, several times a day when the pain was bad and just at night as it started dwindling. I also experienced neuropathy first in my hands, then my feet and toward the end in my right thigh. Much of the neuropathy has gone away now but not completely. Peripheral neuropathy is also a pretty common side effect. Hopefully you will not experience it! Another side effect I experienced, although the from the removal of 27 lymph nodes not chemo, was lymphodema. My right foot and ankle were swollen for months. My husband was very supportive and I kept reminding myself that this was only happening for a short time and when I was done this monster within me would be vanquished. Keeping this in mind really helped me through all the discomfort (what an inadequate word for the misery we experience!) 

i hope you start feeling better soon but don't be afraid to ask for medication! Sandy

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How did the chemo go for you? I Hope well-I lost all of my long blonde hair 2 weeks after I started the 1st one. Its not so bad now that I'm getting use to it. Its that inicial shock that got me. Getting the 2nd tratment on Thurs and Fri of next week. I am getting 6 rds altogether-already did the radiation-hope you are feeling better and contact me anytime-gets pretty lonely out in the country where I live-stewart,    mn.

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I had no problem with the first chemo day. About 2 days later it's been hard. Mouth sores, heavy fatique, bone pain, nausuus, and today a optical migraine. The migraine may be from the weather change.

The nausea is handled pretty well with the sufran. I really was hoping I'd see an improvement in side effects by now at day 7.

I am feeling discouraged at this point. I don't know if I can finish any more rounds with out some kind of break from all this nastieness. 

Did your chemo side effects last this long?

I still have my hair but at this point the sickness and bone pain has taken oven the thought of losing my hair. I have a lot of trouble having an appetite, but it actually feels a bit better after I eat something.

I wish you well on you next round. It sounds like you are managing well! One day at a time, I guess is the trick :)

 

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What you are going through sounds very familiar.  It was at about this time frame that I would start to feel a little better.  a slow climb out.  I  usually had about a week of felling pretty decent before the next chemo  The pain was the first to go  the fatigue seemed to last a lot longer.  I didn't have mouth sores.  Biotene seemed to help. Now I am using something called Mary's mouthwash really disgusting  but works well.  Hang in there. It will get better.  Keep a journal and write down what happens each day.  Then next times will be very similar. prayers for you  Also  my hair started to fall out at 2 weeks all three times I started chemo over.  It was harder losing my cute chemo curls than my long red hair.  Lou Ann

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I had the mouth sores for a very short time in about my second round of chemo.  My doctor gave me a rinse for my mouth and that helped with the pain, and the sores only lasted a few days.  He also prescribed a drug called Emend that I took for two days before each round of chemo and then I continued it on the first day of chemo.  I never was nauseous at all because I had taken that drug.  You might want to ask your doctor if you can take that.  I know you have other medical conditions that might prevent you from being able to take some drugs.  I did have the loss of appetite at one point, but I just forced myself to eat. I lost my hair at about 11 or 12 days after chemo.  I had just gotten a wig free from my cancer center (provided by the local Rotary Club) so I didn't have to walk around bald.  My husband went bald at 21, so we made a good pair.  I jokingly sent a picture out to my stepkids in an e-mail with a comment about how if you're married long enough, you begin to look alike.  About halfway thru my 6 rounds of carboplatin and taxol, I got very short of breath when I walked and I got pasty-looking.  I was given a blood transfusion for that.  Just make up your mind that you can and will get through this--it's probably only for a few months and it could make a huge difference in your future.  It's such a feeling of accomplishment when you make it all the way through!  

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