October 2019 Chemo Club Members
Hello BC Thrivers and Warrior perSisters (& a few men.) Since my first chemo is October 1, I'll start our October 2019 Chemo Club group - please introduce yourself with your 10/19 start date to become a charter member in OCC19
EDITED in November - this is a great group for all who started Chemo in October 2019 - since we're all going through similiar Side Effects (SEs) - but all are welcome to visit and share. Sending all going down this path strength and love!
Hi, I'm Michelle, in Marin County/NorCal (over the Golden Gate Bridge). Wish we weren't in this club together, but glad we're all here together. Hope to check in, compare notes, and take comfort that we're not alone going through this unfortunate action plan. My cousin (by marriage) and I are going through our BC treatment side-by-side, except she's not doing chemo so suddenly I'm a lone chemo warrior, and I would love to compare chemo notes - and of course to swear about how much we hate breast cancer together.
Had my "chemo class" aka Chemo Teach this afternoon ... now my upcoming start date is real, along with all the possible chemo side effects; the next 4 months sound pretty hairy (make that hairy with loss of hair too?)
My plan is for TC 4x every 3 weeks... Long story, but I didn't ever think chemo was an option for my stage 1 BC treatment plan, per all my doctors and all indicators. I already have my radiology tattoos and positioning pillow all set, plus have made self care radiation treatment plans for the next 3-1/2 weeks (mostly lots of movies during the Mill Valley Film Festival). Was eagerly looking forward to the end of my BC treatment in October. SURPRISE, a 4 month delay 'til the end of my radiation, probably ending January 2020 now. My second Oncotype DX test result came in last Friday 9/20 - 29 score - although my doctors didn't even KNOW a 2nd Oncotype DX test had been submitted, after my first score was a 9. UGH. F*$% cancer indeed.
Yes I'm Cold Capping. I'll finalize the Dignicap or Penguin Cap decision tomorrow when I talk to insurance case manager.
DH is coming with me first time to drop off/pick up (and staying if I do Penguin Caps), but don't think I want a "chemo buddy" otherwise, think reading or watching a movie sounds better (especially if doing DigniCap). Heard that endorphin-releasing movies/books are highly recommended, I am going to bring Amor Towles "Rules of Civility" which I've been wanting to read since "A Gentleman in Moscow" which I adored.
So grateful for the awesome list from this community (things to gather before/tips). My weekend will include making my chemo travel kit and shopping for essentials to get this chemo party started.
So that's who I am and why I'm here. Glad/sad you're here with me in October! Looking forward to meeting our OCC19 community.
We can do this together. Sending much love and strength to you!