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Topic: How to Celebrate Last Day of Chemo?

Forum: Coping with Holidays, Special Days and Anniversaries — Holidays and special days, like birthdays and anniversaries, can be filled with complex emotions. Are they a time to celebrate or are they extra difficult? Share your feelings and experiences here.

Posted on: Jan 20, 2014 09:18AM

AlishaCatherine wrote:

Hi, I am looking for suggestions for how I can help my mom celebrate her last chemo treatment. She has been looking forward to February 5th for so long so I want to plan something special. I was going to send her flowers at work, and maybe order dinner or something. But I am looking for other ideas and thought you ladies might have some. Thanks!

My mom is the one with the diagnosis, not me. Dx 8/5/2013, DCIS, 1cm, Stage 0, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Dx 8/5/2013, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 3, 0/4 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Surgery 8/29/2013 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Chemotherapy 9/25/2013 AC Targeted Therapy 11/20/2013 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 11/20/2013 Taxol (paclitaxel)
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Jan 20, 2014 09:22AM PattyPeppermint wrote:

a party indeed.  Can you bring cake or cookies and balloons to the chemo room. Bet other people and the nurses would love it.  

To God be the glory! Live, laugh, love... Life is way too short. Dx 6/2013, Stage IV, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 6/28/2013 Femara (letrozole) Radiation Therapy 7/4/2013 Bone Hormonal Therapy 7/31/2015 Faslodex (fulvestrant) Targeted Therapy 7/31/2015 Ibrance (palbociclib) Chemotherapy 6/30/2016 Xeloda (capecitabine)
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Jan 20, 2014 09:34AM sherbab wrote:

Party of some sort would be fun....For the end of my first chemo last year my friend hosted an Adios to Chemo party with Mexican food and margaritas and we invited all the people who attended chemo with me and were there during the process.  It was a lot of fun.

Dx 6/7/2012, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 3, 0/13 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 7/10/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Right, Sentinel Surgery 7/27/2012 Mastectomy: Left, Right Surgery 7/27/2012 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 9/5/2012 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 6/7/2013 Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap Dx 9/3/2013, 4cm, Stage IV, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 9/6/2013 Taxotere (docetaxel), Xeloda (capecitabine) Chemotherapy 11/25/2013 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Gemzar (gemcitabine) Chemotherapy 1/22/2014 Ixempra (ixabepilone) Chemotherapy 3/26/2014 Taxol (paclitaxel) Radiation Therapy 5/29/2014 Brain
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Jan 20, 2014 10:03AM SpecialK wrote:

Be careful about the chemo room - some there are quite ill, or will never have a last chemo, and to be too celebratory is insensitive.  Also, for those receiving chemo at that moment, or just starting, it might not sit right with them.  I understand the happiness that comes with finishing, and the wish to mark the occasion, but my personal opinion is that it is better to take your celebration somewhere apart from the actual chemo location.

BMX w/ TE 11/1/10, ALND 12/6/10. 16 additional surgeries. TCHx6 2/17-6/2/11. Herceptin until 1/19/12. Femara 8/1/11, Arimidex 6/20/12, back to Femara 2013-2018. Dx 9/27/2010, DCIS, Stage 0, Grade 3 Dx 9/27/2010, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 2/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (IHC)
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Jan 20, 2014 11:47AM AlishaCatherine wrote:

Adios to chemo mexican party. I love that. Thank you! 

My mom is the one with the diagnosis, not me. Dx 8/5/2013, DCIS, 1cm, Stage 0, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Dx 8/5/2013, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 3, 0/4 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Surgery 8/29/2013 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Chemotherapy 9/25/2013 AC Targeted Therapy 11/20/2013 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 11/20/2013 Taxol (paclitaxel)
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Sep 25, 2014 11:14AM M0mmyof3 wrote:

Last year when my last day of chemo came, my hubby took me for dinner to celebrate the closing of that chapter

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Sep 26, 2014 06:05AM - edited Sep 26, 2014 06:06AM by SelenaWolf

Two days after finishing chemo three years ago, it was Christmas.  My celebration was a request to family that I wanted to spend the day quietly with my husband and enjoy an intimate day with just the two of us.  Most of the family was supportive.  A few were not, but - at that point - I just plain didn't care.  Christmas Day alone with my husband, after months of doctors, nurses, techicians, etc. poking and prodding, was heaven.  We lit a fire, left the Christmas tree lights on, enjoyed a glass of champagne, and a lovely roast duck dinner.  As night fell, we left the lights off and lit a few candles.  For the first time in YEARS, I felt that sense of magic that I used to feel as a child.  Priceless.

"... good girls never made history ..."
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Oct 26, 2014 08:02AM GeorgiaRai wrote:

I think a flower/balloon bouquet with a selection of small gift cards would be a great gift.  Everyone's different, but the last thing I felt like doing on my last day of chemo was eating, drinking or partying.  A cheerful bouquet marks the occasion in a happy way, and gift cards (Chili's, Starbucks, Yankee Candle, etc.) can be appreciated when the patient is up to enjoying them.

I did take a box of Dunkin' Donuts muffins for the chemo nurses on my last day, and they had everyone cheer for me when I finished.  Then, I went straight home to get ready for a week of crappy side effects.  It was about a month before I felt like any semblance of my pre-chemo self.

"You're braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think" ~ Christopher Robin Dx 11/21/2011, ILC, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 1, 8/8 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 1/16/2012 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 6/27/2012 Mastectomy: Left, Right Radiation Therapy 8/9/2012 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 11/14/2012
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Nov 21, 2014 09:31PM LauraW68 wrote:

Great ideas GeorgiaRai!

I have a friend who finishes her chemo on December 1st and that's the day I start mine. I'm definitely going to make her a gift basket of some sort to celebrate that milestone with her.

Laura Dx 9/24/2014, ILC, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 3/15 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 10/24/2014 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 12/1/2014 AC + T (Taxol)
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Nov 24, 2014 05:07AM Bippy625 wrote:

i like the idea of the gift basket...I just did my last chemo Friday and I have no desire to eat, drink, party either, or see people other than DH! i could not wait to leave the tx place, and the nurses forgot to do anything for me. I could not have cared less, love them but had to get the hell outta there. Later, maybe NY eve, we will celebrate right. Still facing surgery and rads, and recon so....i am not ready yet. Happy it is over but SE still got me.

www.theperjetadiaries.org Dx 7/29/2014, IDC, 2cm, Stage II, Grade 2, 1/13 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2+
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Jun 16, 2016 02:41PM ChrisKs wrote:

I have 4 weeks left of a 16 week chemo regimen. In January 2016, I had a lumpectomy and lymph node removal after my diagnosis. Just today I contacted my chemo clinic and asked why they don't do anything for patients at the end of chemo as I observed recently with a pink sister. Their reply was that some clinics have patients ring a bell, some patients get bouquets of balloons, some people will never get to ring the bell. I have decided it is best for me to do something private with my family and friends, but I do intend to either share food or more likely write a heartfelt note to each of the four chemo nurses, the scheduler/Administrative Assistant as well as the doctor to celebrate hopefully the end of my relationship with them. I appreciate the ideas shared here on this forum.

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